The Chicago Bulls fell short against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night with a final score of 93-89. It was a good game by both teams but the Nets were able to edge out the Bulls in the closing minutes.
The Bulls were shorthanded in Friday’s game as they were without combo guard Kirk Hinrich and big men Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. With the Bulls missing three starters many thought this would be an easy victory for the Nets. Even though the Nets did win this game the Bulls set the pace as both teams were grinding it out.
Even though the Bulls were missing three of their starters it was no excuse for why the team lost. Furthermore, the Bulls would not use their lack of players as an excuse. The Bulls showed resilience and it is a true testament to the job head coach Tom Thibodeau has done this season.
Thibodeau is yet again in contention for coach of the year and has led the Bulls to a 28-18 record. The Bulls are currently leading the central division and are third place in the eastern conference standings. Thibodeau is proving to be the best Bulls’ coach since Phil Jackson and he has the Bulls in a great position as the team awaits the return of Derrick Rose.
Not having Rose makes Thibodeau’s coaching all the more impressive. Rose is the Bulls’ superstar and not many people gave the Bulls a chance knowing that Rose was going to miss a lot of games this season. However, Thibodeau has worked with the roster that was assembled this off-season and has really gotten the most out of his players.
Thibodeau has the Bulls on the right path and with Rose set to come back the Bulls are poised to make a deep playoff run. Furthermore, Thibodeau is making a strong case for coach of the year for the third consecutive season. The Bulls have one of the best coaches in the NBA and with the return of their superstar they have a legitimate chance at contending for a championship.