BOSTON – DeMar DeRozan just got an idea.
If he joined the Bulls in the offseason, he had a feeling he would be thrown with a group of players with a similar mindset to his. This state of mind requires a large chip sitting firmly on one shoulder.
This is how a team overcomes a 19-point deficit at TD Garden.
“This is the reason why I came [here in the summer], the conversation I had with the front office, ” DeRozan said after the Bulls’ 128-114 win on Monday. âI felt it, I felt it, I understood it, and as a competitor, it’s something I wanted to be a part of.
âTo me it didn’t sound like words. Everyone was ready to participate, understanding that nothing will be perfect, but everyone is ready and wants to win. You see it in the preparation, behind the scenes where no one can see. It continues all the way to court. ”
The Celtics wouldn’t dispute that. They went from the driver’s seat in the fourth quarter to be dominated 39-11.
DeRozan had 37 points and rose to 15 for 20 from the field, and second-round pick Ayo Dosunmu, who was due to get most of his first G League minutes, had a perfect shooting night.
The former Morgan Park star played 22 minutes and tallied 14 points, including a whopping three point in the middle of the rally. He went 6 for 6 on the field.
Coach Billy Donovan once again called Dosunmu âfearlessâ.
âMy motto is just to fear God, so I fear nothing but God,â Dosunmu said. âWhen I go out there and compete I have confidence in what I can do. And I just wanted to go out there and play hard. ”
The second unit did this all night for the Bulls (6-1). Starters? There were give and take, and it started with serious realizations.
The first four minutes and more could not have gone better for the Bulls offensively. DeRozan started the long-range assault with a 27-foot three-pointer, seemingly setting off a horse game between him and his teammates.
Lonzo Ball made a three, followed by Nikola Vucevic, two more from Ball, then back to DeRozan. When the net quit, the Bulls were 6 for 7 on a three-point range to open the first quarter – mixing up an alley-oop dunk from Javonte Green – and had built an early 20-11 lead.
But the Celtics weathered the flurry, then responded with their own flurry. The Bulls’ lead had fallen to one in about three minutes.
By the end of the first quarter, the Celtics had taken a one point lead, which they accumulated to 19 with 2:28 remaining in the third quarter.
That’s when that shoulder chip DeRozan talked about really started.
Zach LaVine woke up from his slow start, as the defense continued to make life difficult for Boston (2-5) inside and out.
Dosunmu’s three-point shot at 6:54 left gave the Bulls their first lead since the second quarter, and the snowball kept rolling.
âJust be resilient,â DeRozan said of the comeback. “I knew we weren’t going to sleep for some reason.”