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Bulls Experience Growing Pains With New Head Coach And No Boozer In Lineup



The Chicago Bulls (0-1) are going to experience some growing pains this season, but in the long run, I believe it’s just going to make them better for going through them. They experienced some of those pains on opening night, when they opened the 2010-2011 NBA regular season with a 106-95 loss on the road, to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Their schedule isn’t going to get any easier this month, with games coming up against the likes of Detroit, Portland, New York, Boston, Dallas, Phoenix and a handful of other teams, including a late November game on the road, against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

New head coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t making any excuses for his team. Thibodeau made an appearance on a radio show in Chicago and explained things for what they are. Making an appearance on ESPN 1000,s Carmen, Yurko and Harry’s Afternoon Saloon, Thibodeau didn’t dodge any hard questions, and spoke about exactly what he was expecting from his team.

Asked if he wasn’t expecting much from his team at the moment because of his lack of head coaching experience, and the fact that Carlos Boozer is missing from the starting lineup, he made no excuses, and didn’t skip a beat about what he expects from his young and talented team.

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“I don’t think we can use that as an excuse and I expect great things out of us. This is an unforgiving league and the games don’t stop coming.”

There is no question that the presence of Carlos Boozer in the Chicago Bulls lineup instantly makes them a much-improved team both offensively and defensively, but its also freshening to hear a head coach not using that as a crutch or an excuse for the way his team is playing. For the most part, the Bulls held their own against Oklahoma City when they played them, but from the looks of things, it also didn’t seem like they had much of a scoring option in the lineup besides Derrick Rose. It was a close game for three quarters with many lead changes, but then the Thunder were able to open it up late in the game and win by 11. The Bulls were outscored in the fourth quarter, 24-13.


Joakim Noah, a Chicago fan favorite, and one of the emotional leaders on this Bulls team, had a very good game, scoring 18 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. He also had 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Derrick Rose led all Chicago Bulls in scoring with 28 points. The only other Bulls player to score in double figures was Luol Deng with 13 points. It also didn’t help that Chicago was 2-14 in 3 point shooting. Losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder isn’t the end of the world, but other Bulls are going to have to step up their game and help out with the scoring load.


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By: Pete Monstwillo
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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