“We just got to have that dog mentality again,” Taj Gibson says.
The Bulls are set up to make a real run for the first time in the Thibodeau era, if they stay healthy.
“It’s a different way he’s letting us play,” Derrick Rose says of Tom Thibodeau.
Both players have missed two straight games.
Tom Thibodeau and Taj Gibson have different takes on Chicago’s defensive troubles.
Chicago’s defense has been largely average this season.
Chicago has a good thing going with Pau Gasol’s strong play and Derrick Rose healthy.
Taj Gibson is dealing with a sprained ankle; otherwise Chicago is at full strength.
Derrick Rose is testing his strained hamstring in morning shootaround.
DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored 20 points.
Chicago improved to 8-3 with an impressive road win.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has some work to do. He said so himself after a 99-90 loss at home Saturday night against a depleted Indiana team.
Here’s a secret lost in the early season drama: Chicago’s defense has been rather average.
Was Monday a glimpse of the new Rose?
Joakim Noah didn’t finish Saturday’s game because of a minutes restriction.
Rose is dealing with two ankle sprains.
“My body’s holding up well,” Pau Gasol says. “We’re winning. So far, so good.”
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 21 points, and Taj Gibson added 16.
Joakim Noah missed the morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms.
So much for the agreement forged between Tom Thibodeau and his bosses.