The Bulls are responding to the impeachment challenge by beating the NBA’s Most Valuable Player


Milwaukee – Try to think of this Chicago Bulls team out.


Last Friday night, they lost their fourth straight game to the Orlando Magic under . 500 in heartbreaking fashion and with two-time All-Star and top-paid player Zach LaVine on the bench.

This week, they scored back-to-back wins over the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, the two best teams in the NBA, and put in a full defensive performance in the latter on Wednesday night at the Fiserv Forum.

“It shows we can play against anyone. And we can beat anyone,” Lavigne said. “We just have to have the same mentality in every game.”

That mentality centered on playing physical and being active defensively, which resulted in a season-high 12 blocks and nine steals. This mentality centered on making the extra passes offensively, which resulted in a season-high 18 three-pointers.

More importantly, that mindset centered on looking inward after experiencing such adversity, a dynamic that helped the Bulls earn their first regular season victory here in eight attempts.

Coach (Billy Donovan), challenged Zack and Foch (Nikola Vucevic) a few games ago. We have to live up to it. Keep this group going. We’ve all accepted that challenge,” DeMar DeRozan said. “It’s fun as a competitor. You want to be challenged in this way to improve yourself and your team.”

This is what leadership looks like. It gives potential credibility to DeRozan believes the Bulls’ best basketball is ahead of them.

“We’ve had some bad moments,” DeRozan said. “Losing games in a row. We dropped games we felt like we should have won. Close games. Getting our butt hit at home. We’ve gone through so many emotions already just 20 games in a season. Sometimes, that’s helpful. You have to soak in That hurt and generate that for being competitive, and I think that’s where we’re at right now.

“We lost the games we lost, we were holding each other accountable. Everyone was talking in the movie sessions, the training. We were on each other. We were picking on it. I think we’re showing how bad we want it to be rather than just talking about it. That’s just a testament to the players willing to The competition “.

There has been a markedly different energy level in the last two games. And that would have been true even if the bulls hadn’t finally broken through and closed the deal on Wednesday, notching their first “clutch” victory in eight attempts.

From DeRozan taking charges from Giannis Antetokounmpo to Patrick Williams blocking two of MVP’s shots twice, the Bulls got into the fight.

“Everyone was cooped up, sacrificing their bodies, helping each other,” Lavigne said. “Giannis will be Giannis at the end of the day. But I think we did a good job of helping and sticking with it. We had good communication.”

This communication doesn’t just happen in court. As DeRozan pointed out, that connection has been happening, too—and in an escalating fashion since Donovan pulled his shocking move from sitting at LaVine last Friday.

In a typical coach talk, Donovan emphasized his happiness with the players for the effort they put in, but also warned that a win only validates one game. But this one carries a sense of something special, something Taurus can build upon.

“You don’t fight back, you’re going to get stabbed, especially with these really good teams,” said Lavigne. “Hopefully we can start stacking it up.”

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