Bulls Know Rough Road Lies Ahead

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Bulls Know Rough Road Lies Ahead


Tom Thibodeau changed a long-standing Bulls tradition by choosing to sit down during his postgame news conference after home games.

It's usually nuts-and-bolts basketball talk during those discussions, but he can toss in a joke every once in awhile.

Following Saturday's 110-89 victory over Indiana, Thibodeau was asked if the Bulls need to be careful not to get satisfied with their record, considering they'll play 11 of the next 14 games on the road.

"I don't even know what our record is," Thibodeau said.

It was a good line, though it is possible he wasn't joking. A short-term attention span is one cornerstone to Thibodeau's coaching philosophy.

"We're just looking at (Sunday) off, two good days of practice and getting ready for the Clippers," Thibodeau said after the win over Indiana. "Nothing beyond that.

"That works well for us. We don't want to look ahead. We don't want to look behind. We just want to look at what's in front of us."

This will be an interesting trip for the Bulls (33-14), starting with four games that could go either way. The Bulls lost to the Clippers by a point at home Dec. 17, so they figure to be focused for the rematch against rookie sensation Blake Griffin.

The next stop is Golden State. The high-scoring Warriors got off to a 7-4 start but have beaten teams with a winning record just twice since then.

Portland (Feb. 7) deserves credit for hanging on to eighth place in the West after losing Brandon Roy and Greg Oden to injuries. Boston, Miami and New York have all beaten the Blazers on the road this month, so the Bulls need to keep pace.

On Feb. 9, Carlos Boozer returns to Utah for the first

time since jumping to the Bulls as a free agent. …

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