One of the topics discussed Thursday morning on 670-AM WSCRs Mully and Hanley Show, on which this writer is a weekly contributor, was the Bulls already utilizing a seven-man rotation in early March, as the team approaches a six-game home stand beginning with Friday nights game against Memphis at the United Center. Since his squad has gotten healthy cross your fingers that All-Star center Joakim Noahs thumb injury is nothing serious Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has essentially used only sixth man Taj Gibson and backup point guard D.J. Augustin, both of whom basically play starters minutes, off the bench, with rookie swingman Tony Snell and veteran center Nazr Mohammed to fill in the gaps. This isnt really anything new for Thibodeau, but before theres a public outcry consisting of the typical refrain that hes overworking his roster, consider that not only are individual minutes down for the Bulls, but the coach has given them more days off from practice this season than in any season in his four-year tenure, including the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign.
D.J. Augustin made all 10 of his free throws against the Pistons on Wednesday, scoring a total of 26 points with one board, six assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
The Scoop:He's finally coming around again with 21.7 points per game over his last three. Augustin won't be cracking the starting lineup while Kirk Hinrich is healthy, but as long as he's taking around six shots per game from beyond the arc, he'll be worth owning in standard leagues.
The Chicago Bulls didn't get a great night from their starters Wednesday. Reserves D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson combined for 48 points on 18-of-30 shooting as the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 105-94 for their fifth win in six games. The Bulls only led by one point going into the fourth, but Augustin and Gibson had 20 of Chicago's 34 in the fourth. ''A lot of guys are stepping up on this team right now,'' Gibson said.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Center Joakim Noah got hot in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls followed his lead. The result was Noah's second triple-double in three games and the Bulls' 10th win in 12 games. Guard D.J. Augustin scored 26 points off the bench, and Noah had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, leading Chicago to a 105-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at The Palace. Noah actually had a quiet night until the fourth, when the Bulls outscored Detroit 34-24.