Taking the Bulls By the Numbers 05: That Doesn’t Happen Everyday

It’s pretty unusual for a team to have a game where it scores 72 points in a half and shoots 55.6% from behind the arc, wins by 33 after leading by 47 and declines precipitously in offensive metrics from its previous outing.  Yet, that’s what has happened to the Chicago Bulls.  Their auspicious 125.3 Offensive Rating (points scored per 100 possessions) in Tuesday’s nights 114-81 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks pales against their 141.9 rating the previous night in a 132-92 rout of the Sacramento Kings.

I didn’t see the Sacramento game but 141.9 is about as close to a layup line as you can get.  The Bulls rating against Atlanta slipped as Chicago’s reserves shot 3-15 in the fourth quarter.  They were leaving so many shots short that I had to conclude that they were tired; on consecutive nights the second unit got major minutes in a blowout!  That doesn’t happen too often.

The bigger point is that the Bulls now rank 12th in Offensive Rating, burnishing their championship credentials that much further.  The Bulls rank first in Defensive Efficiency, but their middling offense, Derrick Rose notwithstanding, was the lone substandard document in their portfolio.  A few more games like this and they’ll be top ten.  It’s another mark in the Bulls progress.  At the start of the season the Bulls narrative arc was of a fringe playoff team moving into the championship conversation.  They finished that task before the all star break.  Now, the arc is moving from the center of the conversation to the conclusion of it, and with their continued offensive improvement, they Bulls are methodically and effectively stating their case.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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