It’s the season for the Bulls to face ghosts from the past

DeMar DeRozan’s analogies have become legendary since joining the Bulls in the 2021 offseason.

Most are perfect for the veteran forward, giving the media a clearer idea of ​​exactly what DeRozan was thinking or feeling at the time.

But from time to time ? It’s more of a one-way ticket for a wild journey through his mind that ends up making DeRozan laugh out loud as he spirals around.

However, the All-Star was right to describe the Eastern Conference at the start of camp.

“I love the competitive island that the East is on,” DeRozan said. “It’s what brings out the best in you when you have the best around you. You have to compete. For me, people get so caught up in the rankings, you put me in a room with the best, it brings out the best in me.

Then came the time for the analogy.

“There are no nights off,” DeRozan added. “That’s how you want it. You don’t want to go to the cinema and watch 10 movies and they’re all shitty movies. I want to see all the blockbuster thrillers.”

Unfortunately for DeRozan and his teammates, some nights to come the movie genre will be a horror movie, and every one of those teams that finished better than the Bulls last season has a Michael Myers who should keep them on their toes.

Milwaukee dollars – 2021-22 record against the Bulls (including playoffs): 8-1 – Michael Myers: Grayson Allen

Throw the numbers out the window. It was Allen who completely derailed Alex Caruso’s inaugural season with the Bulls, but tackled him through the air in a meeting on Jan. 21, leaving the guard with a fractured wrist. Scoring-wise, the Bulls held Allen in check during the regular season, as his 8.8 points per game in all four meetings were more than two points below his average.

Where Allen haunted the Bulls was in the playoffs, going 22 and 27 respectively in Games 3 and 4, while shooting a blistering 58.3% in three of the five games it took to eliminate the Bulls. .

Boston Celtics – 2021-22 record against the Bulls: 2-1 – Michael MyersAl Horford

Whether it was the game or just how the Bulls played Horford defensively, the 35-year-old turned back the clock in all three encounters. His 17.3 points per game was the highest scoring average against any other NBA team last season, along with 53.8% shooting from three.

Philadelphia 76ers – 2021-22 record against the Bulls: 4-0 – Michael Myers: Joel Embiid

Forget last season and the 32.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game he averaged against the Bulls. Embiid has never lost to the Bulls since joining the conference. That’s an incredible 11 games and 11 wins, averaging 29.5 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in that span. He is the matador.

miami heat – 2021-22 record against the Bulls: 4-0 – Michael MyersDuncan Robinson

Since being traded by Gar/Pax in 2017, Jimmy Butler is 7-3 against his former team, averaging 24.6 points in those 10 games. It was Robinson who gave the Bulls trouble last year, not only averaging 14.8 points per game – his season average was 10.9 – but shooting 40% on three and 47, 6% on the ground.

Toronto Raptors – 2021-22 record against the Bulls: 1-2 – Michael Myers: OG Anunoby

Anunoby became a solid player in fifth year last season, averaging 17.1 points and 2.6 assists per game. But against the Bulls, he took it up a notch, scoring 22 points per game and finding it really easy to play against that defense. His 5.0 assists per game against the Bulls was the highest against any other team.

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