http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/4235/thibs-not-worrying-about-bumps-and-bruisesTom Thibodeau knew the question was coming.
Did seeing the bumps and bruises Ronnie Brewer and Joakim Noah took against the New York Knicks change his line of thinking at all, heading into the regular-season finale against an awful New Jersey Nets team?
"Bumps and bruises," Thibodeau said disgustedly. "I didn't see any of them. This is NBA, come on."
Thibodeau knows what a lot of fans out there want him to do. They want him to sit Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Noah, among others, so that they don't get injured heading into the playoffs. They don't want to take any risk because so much is dependent on the Bulls being healthy for what could be a long ride in the playoffs. Thibodeau doesn't care, though. He doesn't see it as a risk to send those players out on the floor after already clinching the No. 1 seed in the East. He doesn't see it as a risk to play Deng 44 minutes, as he did on Tuesday night. He doesn't see it as a risk because the Bulls are still chasing the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the league. Most of all, he doesn't see it as a risk because he knows the pulse of his team better than anyone.