Bulls’ Thibodeau May Sit Luol Deng
Coach Tom Thibodeau was asked if he’s concerned about resting (Luol) Deng or at least keeping an eye on his minutes down the stretch.
‘‘If you studied his total minutes, you would see that he’s had plenty of rest this year,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘If you compared his total minutes for the season, don’t forget he’s missed nine games already, so he’s not a guy that’s piled up a ton of minutes.’’
But he admitted the Bulls’ minutes — and Deng’s injury — are something that has to be watched.
‘‘That’s valid,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I think for [Deng], he knew this is what it would be like. Some days it’s better than others. He still helps us a lot when he’s not scoring. He does so many other things when he’s rebounding the ball. He creates space on the floor because they’re not leaving him. So there’s more space for Derrick [Rose] to operate. We’ll see how it goes.
‘‘He’s getting time off in practice, and maybe we should have him practice and give him the games off. I don’t know.’’