CHICAGO BULLS

Cohen’s Analysis: We all know Derrick Rose is the focus in Chicago every single second the Bulls play. But truthfully – as good as Rose is when he is completely healthy – the Bulls transformed into an elite team because of X’s and O’s rather than architecture.

Tom Thibodeau has instilled a mindset and an approach that is practically unrivaled in the NBA. It’s all about defense and crippling opponents into submission. The Bulls aren’t necessarily loaded with the best talent – sure Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer are good but not great. They have replaced having all-world talent with players who are committed to a specific set of tactics that the competition hasn’t figured out yet.

WHAT BULLS PROVED: Come up with a very stringent strategy on the court and stick to it for 48 minutes every night. Find the right players that will buy into the system and never let go of that purpose.

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