Chicago Bulls

Bulls a different team when Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott are spacing floor

Glance at Monday night’s Bulls-Pistons box score and it shows Dwyane Wade had five assists.

Before the game, the veteran guard posted his most important one.

“(Wade) came to me and said, ‘Niko, we’re going to try to find you in the corner because it’s an easy 3-pointer you can make so it gives you confidence,'” Nikola Mirotic related after practice Tuesday at the Advocate Center. “And he found me. It was the first 3-pointer I made. That was good of him.”

The Bulls are a completely different offensive team when Mirotic and Doug McDermott make shots and provide spacing. Both scored 13 points in the blowout victory over the Pistons, combining to shoot 4-for-9 from 3-point range.

Mirotic, who had been benched for the previous two games for the first time in his three-year NBA career, sank three 3-pointers.

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