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LaVine’s Big Game Not Enough as Bulls Drop Home Opener to Pistons

Zach LaVine's big game was not enough as the Chicago Bulls dropped their home opener to the Detriot Pistons.

The Bulls came into Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons anxious for a win after a blowout loss to Philly.

This game featured: a barrage of three-pointers from Detroit, a monster game from Blake Griffin, continuous electrifying plays from LaVine, a surprisingly decent game from Cam Payne, and one of the easiest game winners I’ve ever seen.

To begin, I absolutely love what I am seeing from Zach LaVine. He is worth the money as I see him being a 25 point per game scorer. I just felt so confident when the ball was in his hands and he looked confident as well as he scored 33 points while also hitting the game-tying shot in the fourth quarter.

He definitely put in a ton of work in the summer.

All that being said, in a league full of defensive deficiencies why does it seem like the Bulls display them the most?

They allowed the Pistons to shoot 18-40 from beyond the arc. Detroit shot 45% from three. That’s insane.

Chicago’s defense has to be better.

Despite LaVine’s exciting game, Blake Griffin was the star of the night. He man handled Bobby Portis all night. Scored with ease in the post, hit 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, and collected 12 boards while also dishing out 5 assist.

He was unstoppable.

Andre Drummond was in foul trouble most the game and was limited to only playing 24 minutes. But he was still a factor. He had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and got several offensive rebounds that led to easy scores for the Pistons.

Still, they’re plenty of positives to take from this game Bulls fans.

Bobby Portis failed to score until midway in the third quarter. But he showed us that even when he can’t sink a shot that he can contribute in other ways that can be successful.

He finished the game with 6 points 4 rebounds and 5 assists. An all around game. This was just one bad scoring game, he’ll bounce back.

Cam Payne has finally shown us flashes of him being a solid backup to Kris Dunn. He had 17 points and 4 assists. He came out strong in the third quarter, fired up and determined to get to the basket. It made LaVine’s job easier since he was the only one the Pistons really needed to guard at that time.

He’s heard all of the criticism and knew he had to show the Bulls and fans what they traded for.

Fred Hoiberg addressed the media very pleased after Cam Payne’s great game.

I was proud of him, after a tough couple games, to bounce back and have the performance that he did. It’s one he can build off of.”

We still miss Kris Dunn though, especially on the defensive side. These first two games Ben Simmons and Reggie Jackson/Ish Smith have ease running and commanding their offenses.

He and many others on the roster HAVE to defend better.

This game ended with Ish Smith coming off a screen and slicing between two defenders to hit the easy layup game winner. A very Bulls way to end an exciting last minute comeback.

Even though the Bulls are 0-2, there is a lot to be proud of from this young team.

Follow Jalen on Twitter–Featured Photo Credit: (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

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