CHICAGO (AP) - There’s just one game remaining in the regular season and the NBA playoffs begin on Saturday.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Noah said after the Bulls‘ 108-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday. “Our mentality is just getting ready for the next game, getting ready for Charlotte. We’re going to focus on out next opponent and everything will take care of itself.”
With one game left in the regular season, the Bulls are fourth in the Eastern Conference playoff race and looking at a first-round matchup with Brooklyn. To catch Toronto and finish third, the Bulls would need to win the season finale at Charlotte on Wednesday and have the Raptors lose at New York.
“The important thing is for us to continue to strive for improvement (and) finish the season as strong as we can and go from there,” Thibodeau said.
Kyle O’Quinn led Orlando with 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting, and Andrew Nicholson added 19. Rookie Victor Oladipo was limited to 10 points after scoring a career-high 35 points against the Bulls earlier in the season.
“He’s still getting better on a daily basis,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of O’Quinn. “His challenge is going to be continuing to play every play. He’s done a good job of being in the right position the majority of the time. Now the expectation will be continued to be raised.”
Jimmer Fredette had 17 points for Chicago.
With guard D.J. Augustin missing the game to attend the birth of a child, the Bulls‘ rotation was a bit off in the first half.
Fredette was the first player off the bench and he showed the rust of not playing much since being picked up at the beginning of March.
Fredette had nine points on 4-for-6 shooting in the fourth.