Updated: December 4, 2012 6:18AM
CLEVELAND — No one can beat a point to death better than Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
But there’s a method to the madness.
Since Day 1 of training camp, life without Derrick Rose meant Thibodeau had to make sure his players understood that he wanted the ball to work through the post as often as possible.
Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah have a flourishing chemistry that could lead to something special.
“Can we be an elite front line? Only time will tell,’’ Noah said Friday. “That’s what we’re grinding toward.’’
Thibodeau likes their unselfishness. It’s not often that a front line is willing to share the ball.
“That takes a little time and experience,’’ Noah said. “Carlos and I were hurt for a while in our first year, so we really didn’t get that chance to play with each other a lot. I feel like the chemistry is better now.’’
The Cavaliers got a taste of it as Deng, Boozer and Noah combined for 29 of the Bulls’ 60 first-half points and had six assists. They finished with a combined 43 points and eight assists.
“The ball goes in the post,’’ Thibodeau said, “good things happen.’’
Staying the course
With the first back-to-back games of the season this weekend, Thibodeau has no plans to move minutes around, even with a few players banged up coming out of the preseason.
“But everything is subject to change,’’ Thibodeau said.
Chicago’s own Anthony Davis has a mild concussion and will not travel with the Hornets for the game Saturday against the Bulls.