By Joseph Phillips
Chicago Crusader Newspaper
The Chicago Bulls held a practice session on Thursday afternoon at the Advocate Center, after suffering their second loss of the preseason to Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans last night at the United Center.
And despite of losing a 21 point lead late in the fourth quarter, coach Jim Boylen said he was very impressed with his team’s overall effort.
“In the first three quarters we had a 98 D.E.R.,” said Boylen, about his team’s defensive efficiency rating. “So for three quarters of basketball, statistically, we played good basketball. I still think we can improve a ton defensively.”
During the interview, coach Boylen stated that his team’s one on one defense was better, his players urgency to move to their next assignment on the floor was better, and his team’s transition defense was better.
Boylen also discussed the importance of valuing possessions on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor.
“You know, I’ve been a part of a lot of playoff basketball,” said Boylen about the importance of valuing possessions. “Every possession in the playoff is valuable. We don’t just jump to that then, we do it right now.”
With three games remaining on the preseason schedule, Boylen and the Bulls will hit the road on Friday evening to play the Indiana Pacers. Game time 6 p.m.