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Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is taking the overall inconsistency of the team's 4-4 preseason as an early warning sign.
“We obviously got a lot of work to do,’’ Thibodeau said, via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “That’s what [the preseason struggles] reveal to you. I kept saying the regular season was coming fast. Well, it’s here.’’
Returning superstar Derrick Rose has a different view on the matter.
“I’m not concerned at all,’’ Rose said. “I’m not concerned with the team. I know how hard we work as a team. Individually, I’m definitely not concerned with that. But as a team, seeing how everybody is focused. As long as everybody is focused on the same page, keep putting in that consistent work, that’s all you can ask for. That’s all you can ask from your team."
The Bulls did, however, give up 220 combined points in their last two preseason games. The team is still in the process of getting its sea legs with new players learning Thibodeau's system and Rose gradually extending himself after his return from injury.
Altogether, the Bulls are probably somewhere in the middle of Thibs' and Rose's assessment - facing questions just like most NBA teams heading into opening night.
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