Another superb NBA poster on the program this Friday evening between 2 of the 3 best teams in the league, the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors, yet with a very different style. Presentation of the NBA poster for the night of January 14, 2022.
The Chicago Bulls want to get back to cruising speed
Falling on stronger than yourself, here is what came out of the post-game last Wednesday after the big defeat conceded at home against the Brooklyn Nets (138-112). Get back to work, learn from your defeats and look ahead. We must not forget that the Bulls team still lacks collective experience and that Vucevic, Ball, Caruso or DeRozan only arrived in town less than a year ago. In this context, being already leader of the Eastern Conference in mid-January is a great performance that few people would have imagined. With a record of 27 wins for 12 defeats, the lights remain green.
The Golden State Warriors in the hard
The Warriors experience their first slack of the season, with 4 losses conceded in 5 games, all outside San Francisco. A bad series that made them lose the lead in the Western Conference and the NBA. Nothing alarming at the moment. But Draymond Green is out for a few days with a calf problem, and the Warriors’ entire defense is leaking. And from an offensive point of view, Stephen Curry is in great difficulty, with 8 games in a row under the 50% mark in shooting. Facts that will have to be settled in the coming weeks. And The last defeat conceded last night on the floor of the reigning NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, showed that the path was still long for the Warriors, despite the return of Klay Thompson.
DeRozan and Lavine need to do more
You can’t say that DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavine actually had a bad game against the Nets. With 19 and 22 points respectively, their contribution was certainly less productive than usual, but it was above all the impact that was less. Too much pressure on this game? Hard to say. But against the Warriors, the Bulls will not be able to do without great performances from their top scorers. It will also be necessary to give the ball more to the low post, in order to allow Nikola Vucevic to be able to weigh more on the match, especially in the absence of Draymond Green. A weak point of the Warriors that will have to be exploited to the maximum for the Bulls, even if the 2 stars sometimes tend to forget to serve the Montenegrin inside.
Klay Thompson back, new rotations to be put in place
Limited to 20 minutes of playing time, Klay Thompson is chomping at the bit for the moment. Absent for more than 2 years, the Warriors shooter must pick up the pace, while being limited in the number of minutes to play. His lack of address is explained precisely by this lack of rhythm. Usually able to score without the need to land a dribble, Klay Thompson does not yet find the right catch-and-shoot timing as he was the specialist there are still 3 seasons. No doubt Thompson needs time to recover, and he can count on his teammates, staff and fans to be patient with him.
Even if the return of the Splash Brother is a blessing for the Warriors (he had set the record for successful 3-point shots in a meeting with 14 successes at the United Center in Chicago), and especially for the player, it is however necessary to find a balance collective at the level of rotations. Players like Jordan Pool or Andrew Wiggins see their minutes and ticket shots reduced, in favor of the All-Star, logically. But the puzzle is for Steve Kerr, who must solve the following equation: how to keep the performance of these players there at the top, while seeing their number of minutes and shots reduced. Even with the best will in the world, some players are unable to be as productive as with less playing time. An adaptation that can take time within the Warriors workforce. But fans can trust Steve Kerr to find the right formula.
Previous meetings this season
November 9, 2021: Golden State Warriors 119 – 93 Chicago Bulls
The statistical leaders of each team
- DeMar DeRozan (Bulls) 26.0 points
- Stephen Curry (Warriors) 26.4 points
- Nikola Vucevic (Bulls) 11.2 rebounds
- Draymond Green (Warriors) 7.6 rebounds
- Lonzo Ball (Bulls) 5.1 assists
- Draymond Green (Warriors) 7.4 assists
The NBA night program (Friday, January 14, 2022)
Charlotte Hornets–Orlando Magic
Detroit Pistons–Toronto Raptors
Indiana Pacers–Phoenix Suns
Philadelphia 76ers–Boston Celtics
Chicago Bulls–Golden State Warriors
Miami Heat–Atlanta Hawks
San Antonio Spurs–Cleveland Cavaliers
Memphis Grizzlies–Dallas Mavericks
Sacramento Kings–Houston Rockets