The Chicago Bulls have lost two straight preseason games, and head coach Tom Thibodeau stressed on Sunday that he wants his team to approach the preseason in a way that will allow the team to improve.
‘‘The big thing for me right now is our improvement,'' Thibodeau said. ‘‘That's what I want our players to be focused in on. And I want that to be on a daily basis, not just in games. Games reveal where you are and tell you what you need to work on. I'm more concerned with the attitude and the approach; I want that to be good."
(via Chicago Sun-Times)
Thibodeau chastised the team's effort after a loss on Friday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Bulls followed that up by scoring only 75 points in a loss on Saturday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The preseason is normally regarded as a tune-up for the regular season, but it may be more important for the 2012 Bulls than most. For one, the team is still adjusting to life without star point guard Derrick Rose, and will have to figure out ways in which to score without him on the floor. The Bulls are also integrating a host of new players into the team, including an entirely revamped second unit that includes Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli and Vladimir Radmanovic.
Chicago has four preseason games remaining. They will be back on the floor at home on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.