Will Bulls try to lose tonight? No tanks, says Thibs

Written By BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter Posted: 04/16/2014, 11:46am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brakes?

Please, this is Tom Thibodeau we’re dealing with.

In the mind of the Bulls coach, you don’t brake near the finish line – you plow through it. That’s the approach the Bulls will take tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Depending on the outcome of tonight’s games, the Bulls could play the Nets or Wizards in the first round. As for the second round, the Bulls would likely meet the Pacers if they are the No. 4 seed, and the defending champion Heat if they secure the No. 3 seed.

“Yeah, we’re not changing,’’ Thibodeau said Wednesday. “We got our normal rotation we’re going to play. We’re playing to win. When you look at where our guys minutes-wise, total minutes wise, health-wise, that’s what we should do.’’

And the idea of pulling a Brooklyn and trying to manipulate the playoff seeding? Not happening.

“It’s a lot of wasted energy if you start thinking about the position,’’ Thibodeau said. “There are so many variables that go into it. And then in the end, you end up in this type of situation. That’s why I think it’s so important to focus on us. What do we have to do? Don’t change. We’re going to prepare ourselves for Charlotte. And then you go step by step and everything else takes care of itself.

“Other than trying to play the best you can and trying to improve so you’re playing your best going in, that’s been our goal the entire season. So there hasn’t been a change for us. And I don’t want there to be change. I think you mentally prepare for the playoffs right from the beginning of the year so you don’t have to make those adjustments.’’

Email: jcowley@suntimes.com

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