Anti Monday Morning QB
Much more at each link and both are good reads.
On Jimmy Butler:
On Jimmy Butler:
On Thibodeau and the Defense:“Jimmy’s shooting has improved,” Thibodeau says. “And he’s going to continue to work at it. Jimmy has earned everything he’s gotten. I think he’ll continue to get better.” Thibodeau also says Deng can mimic Hamilton's role in catch-and-shoot sets, allowing Butler to do other things within the offense. Thibodeau knows how devastating a lineup like Rose-Butler-Deng-Gibson-Noah could be defensively, provided the team can squeeze enough spacing and points from it. "When we play Lu and Jimmy together, we just always feel like the game goes in the right direction for us defensively," Thibodeau says. "Teams just have a harder time finding their primary scoring options. I knew they could play well together." Butler runs the floor aggressively, a skill that could mesh well with Rose's high-speed transition bursts, Thibodeau adds.
There are other rules and sub-rules,1 but Chicago under Thibodeau has consistently ranked at or near the top of the league in the percentage of opponent possessions that end with one of those two guys shooting, per Synergy Sports. Other teams, including the Heat, try to force one of the other three guys on the floor to beat them, but Thibodeau wants to make those other three guys borderline useless. That philosophy is based on a rather bold belief: The Bulls think their two defenders, with just a little bit of help, can beat your two offensive players and coax the exact kind of low-efficiency shot you don't want to take. "You're trying to get perfection out of it," Thibodeau tells Grantland, "trying to get as close to perfect as a team could possibly be."
Scary news for the rest of the league: The Bulls are pretty close. Watch film of Chicago's defense until your eyes bleed/your wife kills you — and I did — and the precision, so close to perfection, is overwhelming and almost beautiful. The Bulls, more than any team I've ever seen — including the Duncan-era Spurs and the 2007-08 Celtics, for whom Thibodeau was the defensive coordinator — just do not make mistakes. Even Carlos Boozer, justifiably maligned for his flat-flooted defense,2 at least understands Chicago's scheme and places those flat feet in the right place at the right time. He doesn't misread plays, botch rotations, stand up lazy and straight, or gamble irresponsibly, and is thus not actively harmful in the way someone like Monta Ellis or DeMarcus Cousins can be to a team's defense.