Coach Tom Thibodeau says Joakim Noah "understands" why he was benched in the third quarter Saturday.
Thibs again reiterated the "coach's decision" mantra that he used immediately after the game. Noah had a +/- rating of -19 when he left the game after playing 27 minutes and Thibodeau said Monday he was just trying to get the Bulls going. "We were struggling, we were behind. The group that got in there got us back in it. It was more the way that unit was rolling. I just felt we were so flat, that group was either going to win the game or lose the game for us," Thibodeau said. We wouldn't read too much into this and if anything, Noah will likely use it for motivation against the Lakers tonight.