TORONTO -- The obvious question for the Bulls, and the one most Bulls fans will be asking after a miserable defensive performance against the Raptors is this: Did the Bulls overlook Toronto because they had their eyes set on a big Thursday night showdown against the Miami Heat?
"Hell no," Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said after the game. "I think the guys, we really wanted this. If anything, we wanted this so we could go into that game with a lot of confidence. Now we got to go into it very aggressively where we got to prove a point that we can play defense."
Tom Thibodeau debunked that notion as well, preferring to place the blame on himself.
"Every game's a trap game," Thibodeau said. "You've got to be ready to play. And obviously, we weren't. So that's on me. So we've got to play better defense. We got to play a lot harder than we did tonight. And we got to attack. You're back on your heels and reacting to them, you're in trouble."
The Bulls know that the only way to get out of that trouble is to turn up the defensive intensity against a Miami team that has gotten better as the year has progressed.
"They're a good team," Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said of the Heat. "I think they've been able to prove that throughout the course of the season. I think they have two phenomenal players and they do a good job of playing around those two guys. We've got to come in [Thursday] with a sense of urgency on defense and try to do a good job on those guys."
Noah noted that his team clearly needs to play with more of an "edge" against a Miami squad looking to knock them off. If they play like they did against the Raptors, he knows they are in trouble.
"We're not going to win when teams shoot 60 percent," he said. "No question about that."