The Bulls clinched the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed with the Miami Heats 78-66 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
The race for home-court throughout the playoffs is still up for grabs, though, as the Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs share identical 48-16 records. Chicago owns the tie-breaker courtesy of 96-89 Bulls win in the only matchup between the two this season.
To me, you go step-by-step. You try and put as many things in your favor as possible, said coach Tom Thibodeau. Were not changing the way we prepare or the things that we do. The same things go into winning for every game. Right now, just continue to improve, correct the things that need to be corrected and just stay focused on your next opponent. Once you start skipping steps, thats when you get in trouble in this league.
Thibodeau was asked if his strategy regarding resting his players for Wednesday's game in Indiana would change if the Heat indeed lost, saying only, "If we get there, Ill make those decisions. Right now, were approaching it as a normal game."
He did say the starters might not play extended minutes, but there is still the chance to earn the leagues best record for the second consecutive season and securing home-court throughout the playoffs.
We like to have it all the way throughout in case theres a Game 7, we want to have it in our building, said Carlos Boozer after practice on Tuesday.
Its also important for us to get our cohesion. We got D-Rose back. Hes not 100 percent, but hes working through it. We got Rip back and he looks like hes 100 percent, hes playing great, so getting our cohesion back is more important than anything else right now.