For a coach already known for his intensely detailed preparation and mental and physical demands on players, Tom Thibodeau sounded the warning bell after his most lopsided loss as Bulls' coach.
"I'm probably most disappointed in myself," Thibodeau said. "My job is to have them ready. We can't come out like that. That's on me. I have to drive harder. I have to get the intensity up. And I will. Trust me on that."
The Kings' 121-79 dismantling of a Bulls team without Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson and Richard Hamilton served up humiliation on multiple levels.
The Kings, topped by Tyreke Evans' 26 points, led by as many as 45. They scored an opponent-season-high 65 first-half points. They broke out the rarely seen 45-10, first-half run to, well, hide.
"It was embarrassing, man," said Carlos Boozer, who scored a team-high 21 points. "It's just hard to put into words. We have a lot of people out. When you have people out, everyone has to play a little harder and do a little more. We know we're capable of doing that because we've done it before.
"But we'll have a quick exit if we're playing like this in the playoffs."
Bulls embarrassed by Kings 121-79
Chicago Tribune | Mar 14