Divvying Up the Credit for the Chicago Bulls' Stingy Defense This Season

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Divvying Up the Credit for the Chicago Bulls' Stingy Defense This Season
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Say what you want about the Chicago Bulls' offense sans Derrick Rose, but the team defense has remained strong even in his absence.

Even with Rose in the lineup, this team is a defensively-minded squad who frustrates opponents with tight guarding, contested shots and creating turnovers. Chicago has proven that they can hang around in the standings without their superstar point guard, but they have especially showcased their fortitude on defense during this season.

As a team, the Bulls are allowing just 91.8 points per contest (third in the NBA) and opponents are shooting only 43.7 percent against them (tied for fourth in the league). 

Though Rose leaves a pretty giant void for scoring, this team has managed to win ball games through gritty defense and a collective effort on offense.

Who's to thank for the defensive efforts of Chicago? You could go with the easy answer of saying the whole team has worked well together to play strong D. Alternatively, we could break things down a bit and give a few guys a percentage correlating to just how much work they've put in to make the Bulls defense function at such a high level.

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