CHICAGO — All season, the Bulls have been dealing with minutes limits. Derrick Rose, coming off three knee surgeries in three years, has been limited to around 30 minutes a game, while Joakim Noah’s number has been around 32.
In the playoffs against the Bucks, both of those limits will be lifted.
“Not really,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said at shootaround Saturday morning when asked if Rose will be limited. “It’s just him playing well. We’ll see what he can handle. Same thing with Joakim. From the minutes standpoint, I think we’re in a good place.”
Noah had offseason knee surgery, and his effectiveness has been limited coming off a season in which he was named Defensive Player of the Year. But he said on Saturday that his body feels good.
Even though Rose and Noah don’t have hard minutes limits imposed by the training staff, though, don’t expect them to be playing 40-plus minutes a night.
“They’ll roughly be around where they were,” said Thibodeau. “At full strength, we have good depth. We’ll just see how it unfolds.”