INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Ask C.J. Watson what owning the best record in the NBA for two straight years says about these Bulls and the backup point guard points his finger at coach Tom Thibodeau.
"It shows how coach Thibs came in and changed the face of the franchise and the team," Watson said. "It's good to have the best record in the East and maybe in the whole league but we want more than that."
Players were thrilled when they received the text message that Thibodeau had cancelled Wednesday morning's shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Several said they went back to bed, which was the best way for them to celebrate their accomplishment during this truncated season.
"It doesn't guarantee anything but it also gives you your best chance," Thibodeau said.
The degree of difficulty was greater than last year considering the Bulls lost 98 games to injury of illness compared to 61 a year ago.
"It's very impressive," Watson said. "A lot of guys stepped up this year. It's just the makeup of our team."
The Bulls were tied with the Spurs for the best record in the NBA heading into Wednesday night's game. The Bulls hold the tiebreaker for home-court advantage in the NBA Finals because they defeated the Spurs earlier this season.
"I don't think you change your approach," Thibodeau said when asked if he would do anything different to finish with the league's best record. "I want our guys to be consistent with that, how we get ready for each game. If you're doing the right things along the way the results take care of themselves. You don't have to worry about seeding and all that. Whoever is in there you have a job to do and you have to get that job done. That's the way I want them to look at it. I don't want us looking at is as we need the best seed or the best record."