Chicago’s attack was well-balanced, and coach Tom Thibodeau went deep on the bench.
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Jimmy Butler’s been great, but Chicago’s second five has struggled mightily.
“We need to get an edge,” Tom Thibodeau says. “We don’t have an edge right now.”
Chicago used a late first-half run to get back in the game before taking control in the fourth quarter.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will have a challenge divvying up minutes — if he relies on his bench.
Doug McDermott shined early, and Nikola Mirotic had a big second half.
Derrick Rose and Nikola Mirotic were the headliners for Chicago on Monday.
Nikola Mirotic sparkled, and Jimmy Butler’s still not thinking about his contract.
“It’s a learning process,” Doug McDermott says.
“He adds a lot more than just being a great shooter,” Joakim Noah says.
From Butler’s contract to minutes restrictions to Noah’s knee, there was plenty to talk about Monday.
As the Bulls get ready to open up training camp for the 2014/15 season it is not farfetched to say that this might be their most talented roster since the Michael Jordan era.
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Those around the NBA believe it’s inevitable that Kevin Love ends up in Cleveland.
“If we feel there’s opportunity, we’ll always explore it,” Bulls GM Gar Forman says.
The inclusion of Doug McDermott could change the dynamic.
Both will be expected to provide depth off the bench.
The Bulls will have more options but don’t plan to alter their identity.
If he fulfills his promise, Nikola Mirotic will change the equation for the Bulls.