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Boozer, Noah will continue to start
BOSTON — Tom Thibodeau said he’s not considering changing his starting lineup despite having Taj Gibson and Omer Asik on the floor instead of starters Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah during the fourth quarters of wins over Minnesota and Washington.
“We’re going to do what’s best for our team, for winning,” Thibodeau said. “Most times [Boozer and Noah] are going to be out there. In certain situations, when teams are small, when they have shooting on the floor, sometimes you have to change. Most of the time they’re going to be out there.”
While Boozer’s and Noah’s production may be down, Thibodeau said having options on the bench is a luxury during this of all seasons.
“It’s one of our strengths: Quality bigs up front, and where we are in our schedule right now it’s hard to play big guys extended minutes,” he said. “The fact that we have great depth allows us to rotate all four of those guys. They’ve all done a good job for us.”
When asked specifically about Noah, whose point-and-rebound production have been down this season, he said: “Noah is fine. Noah is fine. His rebounding is fine. He’s been plagued with some foul trouble. He’ll be fine.”