Taj Gibson has a warning for Bulls fans: Don’t assume that a return to the United Center for Tuesday’s Game 5 will result in a victory over the Hawks.
“A lot of people seem to think that coming home is the answer,” the Bulls forward said Monday after practice at the Berto Center. “But (the series) is even again.
“I don’t think we’re worried, but we can’t take that team lightly given how they played (Sunday) night.”
The Bulls on Monday had a short practice and long film session, during which coach Tom Thibodeau and his assistants broke down the team’s 100-88 loss. The game featured numerous defensive breakdowns and a 12-for-32 shooting performance by Derrick Rose.
“Those were the shots that presented themselves; most of them were very good shots,” Thibodeau said. “Some of them were at the end of the shot clock, and I thought he had pretty good penetration. He missed some layups that he normally makes. He was attacking and getting into the restricted area; there was contact, but unfortunately he didn’t get the calls.”
Rose went 9-for-11 from the line. He would have attempted three more if not for an inadvertent whistle from referee Bennett Salvatore, who later acknowledged missing Jamal Crawford’s foul on Rose’s 3-point shot attempt.
“Bennett’s an excellent official,” Thibodeau said. “He said he made a mistake; what are you going to do? That’s part of the game. We made a lot of mistakes. You have to correct them, be ready to move on and you go from there.”
*After practice ended, a writer informed Thibodeau that Joakim Noah had made the NBA All-Defensive second team but that Luol Deng, Derrick Rose, Keith Bogans and Ronnie Brewer merely received votes.
“That stuff, you never can tell,” Thibodeau said. “In my eyes, Luol deserves to be first team, and I think Joakim has played well and Derrick has improved. To me, Luol is an all-league defender.”
Informed that Noah was selected by coaches as a forward, not the actual position he plays, Thibodeau stopped short of tweaking his cohorts.
“Coaches,” he said, “are like the writers.”