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Yes, the Chicago Bulls have made progress this season, says head coach Jim Boylen. Here’s NBC Sports Chicago reporting his comments:

“I think some of the pillars of our system have been installed,” Boylen said. “We have a style of play at both ends. We have refined our end-of-game, fourth-quarter plays and package. We have established practice habits and playing hard habits that have carried through September and October through the season. With Wendell [Carter Jr.] and Otto [Porter Jr.] out, we have had an opportunity to build depth. We’ve had to play different lineups and different people than maybe we envisioned when the season started. It’s difficult on the team. But it’s a positive for a young group.

“I’m concerned about our defensive rebounding and defending without fouling. Those have to get better. They’re important pieces for us. We’ve improved in both of them but it needs to be even better. The rebounding issue without Wendell is a concern. Our consistency at the offensive end, though it’s been better, can improve. And I think it will the more we play together. Most of that inconsistency has been with the second group, which has changed and makes it hard. I’m not discouraged. I’m kind of excited that we have established some things. Our shot profile is top-five in the league. Our defense on any given day is between 5 and 9, top-10 in the league. That’s what we’re building. And we’ll continue to work.”

The Bulls have a 14-26 record and have an above-average defense, but need serious help on the offensive side of the floor.