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Ric Bucher: The worst kept secret in the NBA is that Tom Thibodeau is not getting along with the Bulls' front office and that the expectation is he will be gone at the end of the year regardless of how deep the Chicago Bulls go in the playoffs. Bleacher Report

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But in classic Bulls fashion, an injury, this time Jimmy Butler's hyperextending his left elbow while on defense on a DeAndre Jordan screen, delayed things for a few minutes. After a commercial break, Breen asked Van Gundy if he could discuss his previous comments, which occurred on-air in a January game between the Bulls and Dallas Mavericks and then this past week, to a Chicago media writer. Van Gundy told Ed Sherman, writing for the Chicago Tribune, that he was asked by Thibodeau's agent to "tone it down" after the Mavericks game, while noting Forman yelled at him at the Dallas game. “Can you speak about it without sleeping with the fishes?” Breen said. ESPN.com

Van Gundy was happy to, and during his conversation with Breen, the ESPN cameras cut to Forman and Paxson, with the latter staring intently at his phone. “What I said previously, I stand by,” Van Gundy said. “I think, over the course of time, they’ve been unfriendly and they haven’t been pro-coach. “I think you go all the way back to Doug Collins’ time here, then Phil Jackson, and go on and on and on. So I don’t really feel the need to reiterate too much. That’s what I said. That’s what I believe.” ESPN.com

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The Bulls coach was asked about yet another play bringing up the defensive problems and the lack of communication, and took center stage on all the criticism that his defense had been receiving in allowing 99.9 points per game (16th in the NBA). “It’s everybody that’s responsible,’’ Thibodeau said of the communication breakdowns, “but you guys keep harping on it. I’m checking [Saturday morning], points per possession, defensively we’re sixth. I guess you guys see something I don’t. The numbers say what you are. “You look at rebounding? Second. Covering the line? First. Three-pointers made? Second. Three-pointers allowed? Second. To me, like I look at field-goal percentage, points per possession, because it’s telling you something. I always think we can do better, we’re playing low energy right now, but you gotta say what reality is.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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