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News » Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-09

Chicago Bulls Getting Inside 2009-11-09Maybe it's an encouraging sign that the Bulls have plenty of room to improve but are still sitting on a 4-2 record while playing a tough schedule at the start of the season.

None of the team's projected scoring leaders have played their best. Guard John Salmons scored 27 in Saturday's win over Charlotte but is shooting just 34.5 percent this season. Guard Derrick Rose (12.3 points) is still getting back into game shape after missing most of the preseason with an ankle injury. Guard Kirk Hinrich is also shooting well below 40 percent from the field.

The Bulls are shooting just 26 percent as a team from 3-point range and hit 24 fewer 3-point baskets than their opponents. Their turnovers have also been high at times, including 21 against the Bobcats.

On the positive side, forward Luol Deng (16.7 points) is off to a decent start after recovering from a stress fracture in his right shin. Center Joakim Noah (11.3 points, 11.0 rebounds) has shown great improvement, and the Bulls' defense has been solid.

"We're still finding ways to win, and that's a good sign," coach Vinny Del Negro said after the Charlotte game.

Next up is a home game against Denver and high-scoring forward Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday. The Bulls have won three straight against the Nuggets at the United Center.

A victory would be quite a milestone. The Bulls haven't been three games over .500 in November since the 1997-98 season.

BULLS 93, BOBCATS 90: The Bulls had to rally from nine points down late in the third quarter but managed to win their third straight game on Saturday at the United Center. Guard John Salmons scored 27 points, while center Joakim Noah produced a career-high 21 points to go with 16 rebounds. Trailing 70-61 with 3:43 remaining in the third quarter, the Bulls went on a 20-2 run over the next six minutes. They almost squandered a late lead after missing five straight free throws in the final two minutes, but Charlotte's Flip Murray missed a pair of 3-point shots that could have tied the score in the waning seconds.

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