Bulls’ Patrick Williams search for consistent aggressiveness continues originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
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Replacing Patrick Williams with Torrey Craig in the first quarter is normal for the Chicago Bulls, allowing Williams to stagger his minutes to play some against the opponent’s second team.
Pulling Williams just 2 minutes, 45 seconds after tipoff, as coach Billy Donovan did in the Bulls’ preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, isn’t normal.
And Donovan confirmed the quick hook resulted from him not liking the way Williams opened the game.
“I just thought there were a lot of opportunities for him to get to the backboard and offensive rebound,” Donovan said. “We talked about it. And I just didn’t like the way we came out. It’s not about him missing or making shots or being aggressive. I think athletically there are things he can get in.
“Like, there was an opportunity on one of the first possessions where he could’ve laid a really good screen. And he tried to slip out of it. We can’t run away from physicality. You’re going to have to lean into it.”
Donovan said he talked to Williams after the early hook. Asked what Donovan’s overall message was, Williams downplayed the exchange. And Donovan later added that the team’s overall lack of energy early can’t solely be pinned on Williams.
Donovan also lauded the way Williams finished the game. He played with much more aggressiveness in the fourth quarter. And working against second- and third-team players, Williams made a strong move to attack the rim before missing a driving layup with the Bulls down by one and 11.5 seconds left.
“As the game wore on, and certainly in the fourth quarter, I thought he was way more aggressive trying to go to the backboard and trying to get to the rim on finishes,” Donovan said. “He took his shots when they were there. That was good.
“Hopefully these are learning experiences for him. Certainly, he has shown he can do it. We’ve got to find a way to continually get that pulled out of him. . . . He’s got to be way more aggressive in some areas.”
Enter Craig, who said the Bulls…
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Publish date : 2023-10-18 03:46:00
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