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Luol Deng only played 27 minutes against the Suns. That's the lowest number of minutes he's played all season.
Deng has been the Bulls' ironman over the past two seasons.
Coach Tom Thibodeau likes to leave Deng out in the second quarter as the only starter out with the bench players. Some fans have questioned this move, especially with perfectly good backups sitting on the bench.
It's good to see that the coach recognized that this game was one for the win column and let Deng sit early. I had hoped that time would translate into more minutes for Jimmy Butler, but he only played four minutes against the Suns.
Giving Deng a rest should be considered more often if only to see what the rookie Butler can do.