Prior to Sunday night’s 97-92 loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau simply said, “We have enough,” as opposed to his usual, “We have more than enough to win.”
It was just a slip of the tongue and it came in response to a pregame question about the status of starting point guard Kirk Hinrich, who missed the affair with a sore right foot, but when he trotted out a lineup featuring Vladimir Radmanovic, Nazr Mohammed, Marquis Teague, Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler in the second quarter, it appeared that the coach had taken his own mantra a bit too literally.
Except that group, which included a rookie, a fill-in starter, a second-year pro, a little-used backup center and an even less utilized reserve forward not only competed with Indiana, which had built a double-digit lead through the end of the opening period, but cut the deficit to single digits and got the Bulls back within striking distance by halftime.
“We were flat. Those guys got us back into it, so we rode them,” Thibodeau said. “It’s the NBA. We’ve got plenty in that locker room. We’ve got to get the job done.
“We didn’t play any defense to start the game,” he continued. “We got in a hole, we fought like crazy to get back, put ourselves in a position. There were a lot of good things out there. A lot of fight. I thought Marco was terrific. I thought Nazr did a very good job for us. Jimmy. Luol got going late; he kept working the game, turned around for him. Jo got going. I thought Marquis gave us some good minutes. But again, we’ve got to do better.
Unconventional lineup proves Bulls are capable
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