Chicago Bulls Front Office
A Tom Thibodeau team should have played below expectations on defense, have some key players capable of performing at a high level who will still be under team control a few seasons from now and the total talent to be relevant within the first two seasons.
David Blatt had apparently designed another play set, but he listened to LeBron James and agreed: Your ball, your shot. Your initiative, your execution.
Derrick Rose's unrelenting, unafraid backcourt partner hounded LeBron James, drained clutch shots even as his legs felt heavy all night and served as the perfect two-way player next to a former most valuable player. Outside of Chicago, teams are preparing possible maximum-salary offer sheets for Butler.