The Bulls are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
A rookie, Mirotic is averaging 7.8 points for the Bulls.
One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA’s hottest team on their home floor. It took 113 points, 53 minutes and one big shot from a former MVP to finally make it happen.
Tom Thibodeau has a lot of options in his frontcourt.
The Bulls are set up to make a real run for the first time in the Thibodeau era, if they stay healthy.
Chicago closed on Monday with a frontcourt that stood 7-foot, 6-foot-11 and 6-foot-10.
Twice in the past three games, Nikola Mirotic has seen playing time at small forward.
“It’s a different way he’s letting us play,” Derrick Rose says of Tom Thibodeau.
“I don’t want him to overthink things,” Tom Thibodeau says of Nikola Mirotic. “He’s very good.”
So much for the agreement forged between Tom Thibodeau and his bosses.
Bulls over the Spurs in the NBA Finals? You heard it from David Schuster first.
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.”
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.