Thibodeau: ‘Can’t feel sorry for ourselves’
For a coach who repeatedly said the Bulls don’t have to change following (Derrick) Rose’s season-ending injury, (Tom) Thibodeau sure changed a lot.
He rode his starters longer than usual to open the game and heavy minutes overall. He benched Ronnie Brewer and dusted off seldom-used rookie Jimmy Butler to try to slow (Evan) Turner. Thibodeau even — and we hope you’re sitting down — laughed and smiled during a third-quarter timeout.
But at game’s end, there were only long faces in the Bulls’ locker room.
“We have to find different ways to score and do it quickly,” Thibodeau said. “There’s a quick turnaround here. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”