With a big game coming up against the Chicago Bulls tonight, I talked to Avikar Saini of Bulls by the Horns to get a little Bulls insight prior to tonight's game.
Chicago is 11-3 in their last 14 with the best defensive rating (96.3) in this span. Without Luol Deng and Derrick Rose. Is Tom Thibodeau a magician? How did this happen?
To be honest, there are times I think Thibodeau is magician with how he maximizes the talent on his team despite the amount of injuries and slapstick rosters the team has had. But it really comes down to his system. The man knows his teams and how to get the most out of everyone. I noted in a post a few weeks ago that Thibodeau’s system really maximizes the potential of guards like DJ Augustin so they can be efficient and effective in their play. Lately a lot of people have noted Noah has dominated the ball in the high post thus putting him in an ideal position to move the ball laterally around the perimeter, set screens both on and off the ball, spot up for his “Tornado,” do a small drive and post up, or pass to the baseline cutter. Combining all of these has created a dynamic offense that Chicago hasn’t seen in several years. Defensively I believe it comes down to Taj Gibson playing more and more. Though Boozer is still the “starter,” Gibson has seen roughly 6 more minutes of playing time than Boozer in this 14 game stretch. Gibson, already noted for being a defensive monster off the bench, paired with Noah in the paint has forced teams to settle for the shots Chicago wants them to take.no comments