After practice in Miami on Friday, Tom Thibodeau addressed the Bulls woes on offense after a Game 2 where they only scored 75, but only lost by ten to the Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Thibs Wants More Pace, Post-Ups From Bulls Offense to Prevent 1st Back-to-Back Losses Since Feb. 7
He said his team needs to run the floor more after making defensive stops and create more easy baskets with quick post-ups (ASAP Sports).
“If you’re not shooting well, their defense will be sitting in the lane; and they’re a great help team, so that’s why it’s so important to play with pace,” Thibs said. “So you make a miss, you rebound and outlet the ball and get it to the open floor, the defense is spread out. Now, you can get into the paint and get into seams; and either score or create easy offense for others. I think we have to look to post the ball more.”
The Bulls haven’t lost two in a row since back-to-back losses in Golden State and Portland on Feb. 5 and 7, nor did they lose three in a row all season. When asked how the Bulls win so often after losses, he said: “Well, I think sometimes it calls more attention to the things you need to correct; and then, the big adjustment is, you have to come out and play with great intensity. To me, that’s the big thing. Sometimes, it’s one or two hustle plays that makes the difference. I thought when the ball was up on the board, they got to those balls.”
After only allowing the Heat to grab 43% of rebounds in their three regular season games and 42.4% in Game 1, the Bulls gave up 52.4% of those rebounds in Game 2.
That said, after Feb. 7, the Bulls only lost four total games in their last 32 of the regular season. Including the playoffs, they’re 38-7 since those back-to-back losses and 18-5 on the road. Game 3 in Miami will be played with the series tied 1-1.