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Friday, November 23, 2012
Thibodeau won't make any lineup changes

By Scott Powers

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday he was not going to change his starting lineup after mentioning the possibility earlier in the week.

“No, we’re fine,” Thibodeau said after Friday’s practice.


After the Bulls lost their third consecutive game on Wednesday, Thibodeau said he’d “see” when asked about lineup changes. The losing streak is the longest regular-season one in Thibodeau’s tenure.

The Bulls’ starting lineup of point guard Kirk Hinrich, shooting guard Rip Hamilton, small forward Luol Deng, power forward Carlos Boozer and center Joakim Noah has been inconsistent this season. In each of the last three games, the starting lineup hasn’t had more than three players score in double figures.

Thibodeau has also had less patience with his starters, especially Boozer and Hamilton. Neither has played more than 25 minutes in the last two games.

The Bulls will travel to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. The Bucks are on a two-game losing streak, but they are the only team in the Central Division with a winning record (6-4).