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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  14 responses

Tom Thibodeau Insists Bulls Haven’t Run Out of Steam


This rag-tag group of Chicago Bulls has pushed further in these NBA Playoffs than anyone had anticipated. Down 3-1 to the defending champion Miami Heat, it’s clear that their magical run will very soon come to an end. No matter what Tom Thibodeau and Nate Robinson continue to tell the public (and themselves.) Per the AP: “At various times in the final quarter, Chicago had Nazr Mohammed, Daequan Cook, Malcolm Thomas, Marquis Teague and 35-year-old Rip Hamilton on the floor. What’s scary isn’t that some NBA fans had no idea that any or all of that group was in the league; rather, it’s that many of those same fans wouldn’t recognize the guys they were supposed to be spelling. The Bulls wound up shooting 26 percent and totaled just 65 points by the end of Game 4, another team record for futility. Yet they probably had no business getting that many, let alone this far in the playoffs. ‘We’re kind of putting screws and bandages everywhere,’ said forward Taj Gibson, another backup pressed into regular service. ‘It’s frustrating. Every night and every day. It’s rough. It’s really rough,’ he added a moment later. ‘I wish I could explain how I’m feeling right now. How everybody in this locker room is feeling now.’ Actually, there’s no need for a lengthy explanation when a glance will do. Gibson had icepacks covering both knees as he talked. Across the room, Joakim Noah had his right foot (plantar fasciitis) submerged in a bucket of ice. Next to him, Nate Robinson had an icepack covering his left shoulder. The players who hadn’t left in a hurry to lick their wounds at home were still lined up in the trainer’s room, awaiting their turns. [...] Afterward, Thibodeau was asked whether the Bulls’ performance was proof they’d simply ‘run out of steam.’ ‘No,’ he replied. ‘I think the thing is they’re (Heat) a great team. We have to come out with great intensity – but we also have to make shots.’ [...] ‘There’s a lot left in the tank,’ Nate Robinson said bravely. ‘Down 3-1, you never know. Take it to Game 7 and we end up winning, it’s going to be a beautiful story to tell my kids one day.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    thibs… we done man.

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  • Bandwagonfan

    Your fault for picking a fight against the heat. Learn from jennings mistake man. Bulls should at least got the sympathy from heat

  • Bandwagonfan

    still. Mad respect for naterob and coach thib. Wouldve been different with deng and hinrich.natbleast i wouldnt be some blowouts

  • pposse

    what?!

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    I’m sorry….what?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    The Bulls are a mentally tough team. I’d like to think this series is like that scene from Space Jam where everyone is all beat up, in pain and ready to quit until they drink the “secret stuff” and come out in the second half to win it all. Then I realize this team doesnt have Michael Jordan or Bugs Bunny and I come to the realization that this series is pretty much over!

  • Bandwagonfan

    Oops pposse the heat hater is here. Lets talk about how lebron suck, his flop, about how the refa helping heat and how the chicago bulls isbbeing handicapped. Dont worry i hate heat

  • pposse

    i’m trying to disect your original comment; whose picked a fight against the heat? who and what should they have learned from Jennings? What exactly will sympathy from the Heat do?

  • Fat Lever

    Belinelli starting the game 0 for infinity didn’t help. I counted his first four shots beyond the arc as open. Not his fault, but Chicago needed to jump out early and get some easy points to give them a shot in the arm. Nailing a couple of those shots would have helped tremendously.

  • bike

    “‘There’s a lot left in the tank,’ Nate Robinson said bravely.”

    Right before he barfs into a large plastic bucket.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    i’ve translated your comment…now i’ll respond: Would you rather the Bulls just layed over and not played physical at all with the heat? Last night would have been the last game, if so….

  • spit hot fiyah

    they just need to listen to this pre-game:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoaKVEJ09-Q

  • Bandwagonfan

    Lebron sucks. Wade is the best player in heat. Lebron shouldve been able to fly after the push from nazr. Yet he flop. Lebron should have been ejected after noah pull him in game 2. Nba is rigged!

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