Not that the Bulls have much practice dissecting 32-point defeats — or that Tom Thibodeau ever has watched film of a 128-point defensive debacle — but Friday night's end to a season-high, six-game trip brought a philosophic rather than punitive reaction.
Translated: What happens in Denver stays in Denver.
One night after the worst loss of the Thibodeau era, the Bulls faced another hot home team in the Jazz, who had won 11 of 12 at Energy Solutions Arena entering Friday's late tipoff. The Bulls did so with a clear conscience, not to mention clear direction after an afternoon film session that looked forward.
"Obviously we didn't play well (in Denver,)" Thibodeau said. "But in looking at the trip and trying to analyze where we are as a team, we've been in position to win (almost) every game. Sometimes you take a punch and you have to be ready to get up and deliver another one. I want them to put that one behind and play better."
To do so requires a return to the defensive dedication that has so defined the Bulls under Thibodeau. Despite the hiccups at Denver and Indiana in which they allowed an average of 119.5 points, the Bulls entered Friday ranked third in average points allowed and third in opponents' field-goal percentage.
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