The Bulls seem to reach new heights every game, except in one category. And that offshoot of back-to-back thrashings of Sacramento and Atlanta is a very good thing.
Luol Deng averaged 33.5 minutes in the Monday-Tuesday victories. Derrick Rose’s services were needed for just 28.5 minutes per contest.
“I’m not complaining that we’re blowing people out,” Rose said Thursday after practice at the Berto Center. “'Bout time, is what I’m thinking.”
Rose said he’ll never complain about a reduced workload for two reasons: He loves watching the reserves play, saying: “It feels good when the bench comes in and we go from up nine points to 20. It’s like an easy game. They’re playing great right now and they love playing together. They’re the reason we’re beating teams the way we’re beating them.”
And less mileage should help him when the playoffs begin in about three weeks.
“Save my legs,” he said.
Stronger legs can mean more accurate late-game shooting and the potential for easy buckets, an emphasis of coach Tom Thibodeau’s.
“Thibs always says: ‘We have to run and (be able to) run late in the game,’” Rose said. “Easy points can help us.”
Injury updates: Carlos Boozer's left ankle continues to improve. "It's getting better every day," he said.
Taj Gibson and C.J. Watson are getting treatment for minor foot ailments.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times