NBA Playoffs 2012: Will Tom Thibodeau Lead the Chicago Bulls to Elimination?

May 8th, 2012 by James Davis Leave a reply »
When looking back at Games 2 through 4 of the first round match-up between the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers, something more than the second-half faltering of Chicago’s players stands out.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau and his lack of meaningful game-to-game adjustments have also been under the microscope as criticism about the Bulls’ awful playoff showings continues to grow.

With a series-ending injury to Derrick Rose and one likely to keep Joakim Noah out of Game 5, according the Associated Press, Thibodeau’s response hasn’t looked anything like a coach who recognizes the personnel left and how to maximize their talent. Instead, his response has merely been to insert the immediate reserve player and continue to play the exact same way.

Some might call this a coach’s confidence in his players to step up and fill in like the team needs them to, but when it results in three consecutive losses that pushed the No. 1 team to the brink of elimination by the lowest seed in the postseason, it borders on insanity.

One of Thibodeau’s biggest blunders is his refusal to go deep into his bench when it is clea ...

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