Okafor, who had collected just 17 rebounds over his previous three games combined, hauled in 15 rebounds in only 31 minutes of play against the Bulls, 9 of which came on the defensive side of the court.
“We've talked a lot to him about trying to identify the few areas that really can make him great, because he has a gift of scoring,” Brown said after the game. “For me to see him respond the way he did and make a great effort to fix [rebounding] and get better at that, I'm proud of that side of his performance tonight.”
“Credit goes to coach,” Okafor told reporters after the game. “He wanted to see me be a better rebounder because scoring came easy for me. I was focused and I tried really hard to rebound as best as I can.”