Updated: March 5, 2014 11:01PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was beating that Central Division drum at the start of the season, insisting that the Cavaliers, Pistons and Bucks had gotten much better since last season.
That drumbeat is more of a quiet tap now, with the Bulls and Pacers the only Central teams above .500 and definitely headed for the playoffs.
“When you look at the division, Indiana has been terrific all season, and Detroit has had stretches where they’ve played very well,’’ Thibodeau said.
“Cleveland has had a lot of change throughout the season. There have been stretches where they’ve played well. They haven’t been as consistent as they probably would have liked, but I think, overall, you have a lot of teams that have improved dramatically. And then when you look at Milwaukee, they’ve been decimated by injuries from the start.’’
Around the rim
Derrick Rose (right knee), who keeps making progress in his rehab, is taking a lot more jumpers than set shots in his pregame shooting ritual.
◆ The Bulls host the Grizzlies on Friday but not at the usual 7 p.m. tip. The game will start at 6.