Bulls not concerned with style points
INDIANAPOLIS -- Derrick Rose and his teammates don't care how they keep winning, just that they are.
"Get the wins and move on," Rose said of his attitude, before Friday afternoon's practice. "As long as we're winning, we shouldn't have anything to worry about. We know that we're not playing our best basketball, but we're still winning playoff games. If anything, we're happy that we're still in this position right now. It gets greater later, that's what I always say."
That is the attitude his team has had throughout this series. They can play a lot better, but they're finding different ways to pull out the game each night. The final scores don't mean as much as the ultimate result: Bulls lead 3-0 heading into what could be the series clincher.
"My college coach, Dana Altman at Creighton, said there is no style points in basketball," Bulls guard Kyle Korver said with a laugh after Thursday night's game. "He would say that all the time. So that's drilled in my head. I'm sure guys want bigger wins, but the Pacers are playing great basketball. You've got to give them a lot of credit. They're playing with a lot of heart, they're playing tough ... Style points, they're nice, but they don't win you games."
Tom Thibodeau subscribes to that theory as well.
He doesn't want his team thinking about getting pretty wins, or the rest that would come with one more victory in the series. He just wants the Bulls to do what they've done all year and focus on what's in front of them.
"We're just looking at getting ready for the next game," Thibodeau said. "I think the big thing in this league ... everyone always looks at all the other stuff, and that's not the way it works. I think just being ready for the next game, that's enough, and that's what you need to do. The next game is always the hardest game in this league."
Changes for Game 4?: Bulls center Joakim Noah believes the Pacers will have one main goal heading into Saturday's Game 4.
"We've seen a lot," he said of the different defensive looks Indiana has shown. "I expect them to try to take the ball out of D. Rose's hands. And it's on us to make plays when there's one less defender."
The last word: "It feels amazing. We're going to keep the same approach, get ready for our next game, and hopefully we can get this series behind us and get ready for our next opponent," - Noah, on what it feels like to have a 3-0 series lead in the playoffs for the first time in his career.