Chicago Bulls Learning Necessary Lesson in Playoff Readiness Against Bucks

April 25th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

MILWAUKEE—Since the start of his tenure with the Chicago Bulls five years ago, Tom Thibodeau has preached a formula for winning with five core tenets. Rebounding, defending, sharing the ball and playing inside-out offense are the first four.

Check off those four boxes for Saturday. The Bulls outrebounded the Milwaukee Bucks, 39 to 34. They logged 23 assists on 33 made field-goals. They shot 55.6 percent from three-point range and held the Bucks to under 40 percent from the field.

It was the fifth piece of Thibodeau’s philosophy, and maybe the simplest one of all, that did the Bulls in: Controlling their turnovers and taking care of the ball.

Ideally, Thibodeau would like his team to have 13 or fewer turnovers per game. That’s the number he’s set as the benchmark for a responsible offensive performance. The Bulls more than doubled that in Saturday’s 92-90 loss to the Bucks. They coughed the ball up a season-high 26 times, leading to 39 Milwaukee points. That’s the game, and the Bulls know it.

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