The Chicago Bulls are a byproduct of their tough-as-nails coach, Tom Thibodeau, who is in his third season with the team. Statistics have had their say as well. Some of the numbers work in the Bulls’ favor. Others have become the bane to their basketball existence. Many of the statistics are startling.
Bulls fans knew there would be some trouble spots during the 2012-13 campaign.
The lone superstar of the team, Derrick Rose, is still on the mend. Therefore, togetherness and strong defensive play have defined this season. Without the best player to bail the team out during tough stretches, the formula requires a heavy dosage of both. This is very different from the seasons prior.
The three-point shot was a key ingredient to their success the last two years, as was a strong second unit. Look at the Bulls’ current record. Compare it to the first two years of Thibodeau’s tenure. The constant recipe of perimeter shooting and superior bench play is lacking.
Injuries are to blame for the latter. The former is another story.