Bulls' Tom Thibodeau awarded East Coach of Month

The Chicago Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for games played in March, the NBA announced on Monday.

Thibodeau guided the Bulls to a 13-3 record in March – 7-2 without reigning MVP Derrick Rose – and has pushed the team’s overall record to a league-best 42-12. The Bulls have dealt with a long list of injuries this season, as veteran guard Rip Hamilton missed all but three contests in March.

“That’s a byproduct of a good team, a good coaching staff and a good organization,” Thibodeau told reporters before Monday night’s tilt against the Houston Rockets when asked about his latest accolade. “That’s what that’s about.”

On March 19, Thibodeau, the defending Coach of the Year, became the fastest head coach to notch 100 regular-season victories in NBA history when the Bulls routed the Orlando Magic 85-59.

San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich received the honor for the Western Conference, leading his team to a 12-3 record in March.

While several coaches around the league have built strong Coach of the Year résumés, Thibodeau figures to be a front-runner for the prestigious award.

Thibodeau also won the East Coach of the Month for games played in December and January.

Playoff tickets: The Bulls announced on Monday that tickets for the first two rounds of the playoffs will go on sale Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m.

A total of eight possible home games will be available, four in the first round and four in the second round. All playoff dates, times and opponents will be determined after the regular season.

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