What to Watch For: Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets

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Oct 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard E’Twaun Moore (55) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao (17) during the second half at the United Center. Chicago won 97-95. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

How will the minute distribution be on the second game of a back-to-back?

The biggest and most known knock on ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is that he drove his players into the ground. Fred Hoiberg played Jimmy Butler 37 minutes, a couple of minutes less than Thibodeau gave him. He also only had two other players, Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, play 30+ minutes against the Cavs. Nine of the ten players that saw action yesterday also saw at least 15 minutes, E’Twaun Moore only saw 14 minutes.

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  • There was constant substitutions on Chicago’s side and he stuck with whoever was hot at the time. Butler was taken out just after the halfway point of the first quarter, however Nikola Mirotic was kept in, as he was on his way to an 11-point first quarter.

    The substitutions seemed to pay off, as everyone contributed in a significant way for the Bulls last night. E’Twaun Moore scored 11 points in just 14 minutes and despite Pau Gasol only scoring one field goal and grabbing two rebounds, he still blocked six shots, including one that may have saved the game. Whatever lineup was in, it seemed to work and they were able to keep the fast-paced offense.

    I am curious to see if Butler still logs more than 35 minutes tonight and how many minutes Rose logs. Kirk Hinrich didn’t see any playing time yesterday and he could be in for a decent role tonight, especially if the Bulls blow out the Nets.

    There’s no doubt that Hoiberg will base minutes off of who’s hot at the time and how close the game is. He rode with the hot hand yesterday and it paid off. However, if the Bulls end up winning big like many think it will be interesting to see how long it takes him to take out his starters. Thibodeau rode his guys longer than he should have during blowouts and with a faster-paced offense, guys might need more rest than in years past.

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