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Tom Thibodeau might be just in his second-year as an NBA head coach, but the former Boston Celtic assistant has solidified himself as a top coach.
Thibodeau had to deal with crippling injuries to his top players (Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton) throughout the entire regular season and still managed to navigate the Bulls to a league-best 50-16 mark.
The Bulls finished first in scoring defense (88.2 points) and rebounding (46.7 per game) while being one of the most efficient passing teams in the league (23.1 assists to 14 turnovers). This helped Thibodeau get second place in Coach of the Year voting (San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich).
Thibodeau wasn't at fault for Rose's ACL injury (Rose drew no contact on the play) and felt compelled to let Joakim Noah come back in Game 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers after he hurt his left ankle to give his team confidence.
While Thibodeau had little to work with against the Sixers, he should've had his team more prepared before Game 2 and not blow a 14-point fourth-quarter lead in Game 3.
Losing to the 76ers knocks Thibs' grade down a bit.
Final Grade: B
Bob Bajek is an NBA/Chicago Bulls featured columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.