Bulls have revenge on their minds vs. Milwaukee

Bulls have revenge on their minds vs. Milwaukee
January 9, 2013, 6:38 pm
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DEERFIELD, ILL. After surrendering a 27-point lead late in the third quarter in a late-November home loss to the Bucks, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau shouldnt have to do too much motivating when Milwaukee comes visits the United Center for a rematch Wednesday night.
I think we all remember it. He doesnt have to remind us, Jimmy Butler asserted after the teams morning shootaround at the Berto Center. We know what we did that game wrong, so we know what we have to go out there and do tonight. We all talk about it, not letting it happen, and it definitely happened that game, so we know how to prevent it.
Thibodeaus focus on the present wont allow him to revisit that gameafterwards, a mild controversy about him underutilizing his bench developed, though that game was somewhat of an aberration, as only Luol Deng and Joakim Noah regularly play heavy minute totals among the startersin which Milwaukees bench improbably outplayed the Bulls starters.
Theyre an explosive team, Thibodeau said. That was a home-and-home, so you can never let your guard down against anybody in this league. That was in the past; weve got to be ready for them now. They played very well last night.
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In their first game after the organization and ex-Bulls head coach Scott Skiles mutually parted ways, the Bucks topped Phoenix, but even with interim head coach Jim Boylana former Bulls assistant for whom this must be dj vu, as he took over for Skiles back in the 2007-08 seasonMilwaukees emphasis remains the same, as the high-scoring backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis are complemented by defensive-oriented role players.
I think great players always figure out how to play with each other and I think when you look at how those two Ellis and Jennings play together, they have great chemistry. But I think the thing thats overlooked with them is they have young, athletic bigs. They lead the league in shot-blocking. Theyre quick, so the blocked shots can lead to open-floor opportunities. They anticipate quite well, play passing lanes, so they have shot-blocking to protect them if they miss and if they come up with steals, again, youre putting them into the open floor, and their speed and quickness comes into play, Thibodeau explained.
Theyre well-balanced. Their defense has been real solid. Larry Sanders is a tremendous shot-blocker, so he protects the rim for them. John Hensons a young, long, athletic guy. Ersan Ilyasova spreads you out defensively. Luc Mbah a Moute is one of the premier defenders in the league; hes back. Mike Dunleavys solid. Its a deep team. They have quality depth.
Butler chimed in: I feel like they play extremely hard, try to get up and down in transition, go for steals, block shots, get up and down, and make you run with them. If we play that type of basketball game, who knows what its going to be, but if we get back and make them play in the halfcourt, I think well be okay.