Bulls' Aggressive Scheme On D A Double-Edged Sword

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Featured in the Bulls’ ugly 6-12 start that’s inching from disappointing to season-defining has been a schematic gamble on the defensive end.

The Bulls have often utilized aggressive coverages in defending the pick-and-roll, the staple play in the NBA. It has come with some benefits, as the Bulls entered Monday leading the league in forcing turnovers – on 16.3% of possessions – and ranking a respectable 14th in defensive rating with a young group.

The scheme also carries great risk, and that was widely displayed as the Bulls fell 117-94 to the Blazers at the United Center on Monday. Portland star point guard Damian Lillard was comfortable in carving up Chicago with his 12 assists in 27 minutes, and the Blazers consistently found good looks when the Bulls blitzed pick-and-roll plays, culminating in 51.7% shooting for the game.