All season, Skiles hasn't hesitated to go 12 players deep, even in a single game. Recent injuries to Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng, both of whom didn't practice Tuesday and are questionable for Wednesday's game at Charlotte, are underscoring the importance of this depth.
"I feel like you have guys on your team because you think they can play," Skiles said. "If situations call for them to be put in there, you put them in there. I'm confident and why wouldn't I be at this point in the season? Everybody has contributed."
Ben Gordon leads the league with 20 double-digit fourth quarters and is a leading candidate to win the Sixth Man of the Year award, unprecedented for a rookie.
Tyson Chandler leads the league in fourth-quarter rebounding and, much like a closer in baseball, has anchored many dominant defensive performances down the stretch, including the last time the Bulls visited Charlotte.
"Most coaches I've been around in this league have confidence in about three to six players on the team," Piatkowski said. "It usually doesn't matter if the starting crew has played horribly and the other guys are having a great night. If it gets close and it's toward the end of the game, the majority of the coaches go back to their starters.
"It's nice to see what this coaching staff does. We all understand: If somebody else has it going, you're probably not going in. Whoever is playing well that night, we ride them."
A nice byproduct of this philosophy is that only Hinrich has played more than 2,000 minutes this season. The guard also is the only player to average more than 30 minutes, which means this team should be fresh come playoff time.
"I think the coaches who played in the league understand it's a long season," Griffin said. "They understand there are some nights when your starters may take time getting started or they might be tired. So they throw in fresh bodies. Scott understands that better than any coach I've played for.
"He'll call on anybody. And because there's always a possibility you might get in, you see guys out working on their game all the time."
"The coaching staff respects every player on this team," Piatkowski said. "They value what they can do on the floor. The majority of the guys in this league, if they're not a starter, the coaches look at them like, 'Who cares?'
"This approach makes a player feel good and want to work hard. I know it's a cliché, but you want to run through a brick wall for a staff that treats you that way."