Prior to Wednesday night’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was asked directly if he would be surprised to see a move happen, given what he has been told.
“Yeah, I would,” Thibodeau said. [There] doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot of movement. I feel real good about the guys that we do have.”
During a week of trade rumours and discussions where anything can happen at the drop of a hat, Thibodeau said the key is to stay focused on what they team is trying to accomplish and not worry about the deadline.
”Stay locked in to what we have to get done with our team,” Thibodeau said. “[Focus on] the guys that we have.”
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has paid Thibodeau high praise in the past, often referencing the defensive intensity the Bulls play with when talking about the blueprint he is trying to build in Toronto. In a season where the injury hits have been plentiful, Casey again credited Thibodeau’s work with the team that is trailing his Raptors by 1 ½ games in the Eastern Conference.
“Tom does a great job,” Casey said. “No matter what the shooting is doing that night they still have a chance to put themselves in position to win just because of how hard they play, their defensive approach, their physicality always puts them in a position to win and thats just attributed to Tom and what he’s done with the team.”
In addition to kind words for Thibodeau, Casey couldn’t help but mention Bulls All-Star Joakim Noah and the impact he has in that Chicago defense.
“Joakim Noah gives you an anchor in the middle that really sets the tone communication wise,” Casey said. “He’s the radar, the talking, you funnel into him and he can get out and he can switch, he can get out and guard different people. It helps a lot to have that.”