This is the team, that we saw in Orlando tonight, that we as fans should see every night. This team put on a display of its nearly-full potential tonight. There was solid production from the starters and, even better production from the bench. Yet, leads were lost at various points of the game, including a slow beginning, so the defense needs to step up, especially against struggling teams like the Magic. Dwyane Wade was easily the player of this game. The 35-year-old had 21 points, 7 steals, 7 rebounds, and two assists. He took over in the fourth quarter to help give the Bulls a victory.
However, unlike most other Bulls wins, they did not have to rely on their two stars throughout the entire game. Off the bench, Cristiano Felicio had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. Doug McDermott had 12 points, all coming from four three pointers. Paul Zipser even played 20 minutes where he scored five points and had a positive +/- rating. This is what happens when you give other guys, besides Nikola Mirotic, an opportunity. They may be able to shine.
The problem is that this is not a nightly occurrence. I am expecting them to play like this again, but I am also expecting them to play like how they played in Atlanta on Friday. They need to prove me and everyone else wrong. Their bench needs to be consistent. They need to stop relying on Butler and Wade to pull them out of a ditch. They need to trade Niko Mirotic. Right now, I expect them to continue playing at a .500 level throughout the rest of the season. They have shown no signs of finding an identity. That can change start tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against Atlanta. Think of it as a game rooted in vengeance.