Tom Thibodeau had a chance to prove he isn’t crazy, but no.
The Bulls coach had a chance to show he knew how and when to lose a game, but no.
While you were sleeping, so were the Bulls. They went into Sacramanto to face a Kings team missing its best player. Even shorthanded, the Bulls should’ve been the better team. They should’ve been looking at a win.
The Bulls actually enjoyed success early by running the offense through Carlos Boozer in the post.
Their brains exploded. The Bulls decided they were a hot-shooting perimeter team. They figured they didn’t have to worry about defense. Someone should’ve stamped “Idiot’’ on each forehead.
The Kings killed the Bulls on the boards, and then they ran, and then they pantsed the Bulls in the paint. The Kings went on a 45-10 run against a team that supposedly relies on defense. The Bulls didn’t care, didn’t listen and didn’t try. I think that was their only three-pointer.
OK, fine. Wear it and sit down. Wear it and move on. Find a way to make this useful, and trying to win this piece of garbage wasn’t it.
Down 43 with about three minutes to go in the third quarter, the Bulls coach still had Deng, Boozer and Noah in the game. Why?
Down 33 to start the fourth quarter, the Bulls coach still had Deng in there. OK, so Thibodeau had a spasm of lucidity and finally sat down Boozer and Noah, but still, why was Deng in there? What sane coach would have any player in there at that point?
Thibodeau took the blame for the way the Bulls started, but the way he dragged out the ending is the issue I have with him.
I mean, San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich can send home his best players before a game against the reigning champion, but Thibodeau can’t even sit down his remaining few good starters on an injury-plagued roster for the second half of an embarrassing performance?
Someone needs to talk to the guy.
That’s why you have subs. At that point the bench just needed to get it over with, and a lineup of Nate Robinson, Marquis Teague, Daequan Cook, Nazr Mohammed and Vladimir Radmanovic could at least get it over with.
What’s more, the second unit should’ve been doing that halfway through the third quarter. Those guys could use the minutes.
But no. Thibobodeau left in valuable and versatile players while down by, I don’t know, a light year, exposing his hobbled team to more injuries in the most pathetic of situations.
This is Thibodeau doing nothing to show he has learned anything about what appears to be his greatest failing: pacing a team. Knowing how to lose. Recognizing when it’s happening and knowing there is a greater benefit by resting players in a hopeless situation.
Thibodeau wouldn’t admit a situation is hopeless even a week after the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs.
Thibodeau gets criticized for killing his players with minutes, Deng especially. Then, in a game that was decided in the first half, Thibodeau still was pushing Deng, Boozer and Noah toward 30 minutes. Wait, stop, wise up: Those guys will be important if/when Derrick Rose comes back.
Speaking of Rose, does the Bulls' rehabbing star or anyone in his family need another reason to delay his return, a reason such as a coach who doesn’t know when to ease up on his players?