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Tom Thibodeau has deservedly been named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month after the Bulls went 12-4 in January.
After an up and down first couple of months to the season, the Bulls found their groove in January, going 12-4 to up their record to 28-17 overall. The Bulls were dominant defensively in January, giving up just 89.7 points per game. And while the offense was still inconsistent, the Bulls had their best offensive month of the season, scoring 95.9 points per game.
Thibs deserves a ton of credit for molding this roster full of newcomers together, especially without the services of Derrick Rose. He has shown some flexibility with rotations, and while there are still some issues with minutes/injuries management, I'd say there has been a slight improvement in that area.
I figured the Bulls were still going to be quite good this year without Rose, but right now they're on a 50-plus win pace and 2.5 games behind the Heat in the East. That I didn't expect. The fact that the Bulls have been so successful thus far is a testament to Thibs' ability to get the most out of what he's working with. There's little doubt in my mind that he should be right there in Coach of the Year voting at the end of the year.