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Questions continue about long minutes for Bulls starters

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05:00 PM ET 03.03 | It has become a joke these days. The Chicago Bulls will be up 20 points or more with minutes to go. "Oh, so Joakim Noah and Luol Deng will be playing this one out." Tom Thibodeau plays his starters. A lot. Despite a physical brand of defense and multiple injuries, Deng has averaged 39.1 minutes per game this season, Noah 38.4. Yes, Derrick Rose is out. But even in games in which the Bulls are comfortably ahead or too far back to make a difference, they still play those minutes.

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March 3, 2013  05:24 PM ET

Thibodeau has got to learn to give his players some much deserve rest when the opportunity arises. Keep them healthy and fresh for the playoffs.

March 3, 2013  06:19 PM ET

He thinks this makes them stronger, toughens them up.

Deng and Noah deserve rest to heal those injuries. Let Butler play, let Gibson go ahead etc.

March 4, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Leading Them To Slaughter, Bro?

 
March 4, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

.........Deng and Noah deserve rest to heal those injuries. Let Butler play, let Gibson go ahead etc.

Well......I gotta agree.
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33 to 35 minutes a game is plenty. When you got capable players waiting in the wings......gotta give them quality PT at SOME point!

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