The Chicago Bulls played an impressive game on Tuesday night without star point guard Derrick Rose, beating the Phoenix Suns 118-97. The strong performances from Chicago's front line and Rose's replacement, C.J. Watson, proved to be more than enough. Understandably, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was pretty satisfied with the way his team played, and particularly the play of post players Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.
There's been concern of late about how Boozer and Noah have played while sharing the court together. Thibodeau spoke with reporters after the game, and he mentioned that he has no issue with how they play together.
I think they do fine. I think the record speaks for itself.
Asked how he thought they played on Tuesday against Phoenix, Thibodeau was similarly positive.
I think that they played well. You know, they played high energy, the ball moved freely, they were playmaking. Jo made a lot of good plays with the ball. They're fine, they're fine.
The Bulls' coach was clearly putting some effort into reiterating that the team doesn't have any issues with its current front court alignment. Boozer finished the game with 31 points on 14-for-21 shooting, but he actually scored 26 of those points in an impressive first half. Noah had 13 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double in four games. More performances like this would probably soften everyone's concerns.
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