Former Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, now head coach of the Chicago Bulls, was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January.
The Bulls (33-14) were 12-4 last month. They went on a 10-game winning streak in January, including an 11-point victory over the Celtics.
In their first season under Thibodeau, the Bulls are undefeated in the Central Division and rank third in the conference, three games behind the Celtics.
As a key member of the Celtics coaching staff, Thibodeau emphasized a defensive-minded style of basketball. The C's lead the NBA in fewest points allowed (91.55 ppg), and the Bulls are ranked third overall with 92.02 points allowed.
Thibodeau spent three years with the Celtics. He won a championship with the team in 2008.
The Celtics are 2-1 against the Bulls this season. The teams will wrap up their regular-season series on April 7 in Chicago.
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NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.
The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.
Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”
Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.
Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.