The Chicago Bulls have five games remaining before the playoffs, so it’s probably a good time for them to start getting their rotation in line for the postseason.

“I think that might be part of the reason why [Tom Thibodeau] has kept Derrick out there for the second half of entire games, two of the last four or five games,” K.C. Johnson, of the Chicago Tribune, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “I think that might be something he’s feeling out.”

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Right now, Rose averages just over 37 minutes per game, but he could potentially log closer to 40 minutes a game once the playoffs start.

“One other minor rotation change you’re going to see, and you’ve already started to see it, is Omer [Asik’s] minutes have been dropping,” Johnson said. “And I think that they’re setting it up for Kurt [Thomas] to play a little bit more in the playoffs, because [Thibodeau] is a little more comfortable with Kurt’s experience.”

The Bulls take on the Boston Celtics on Thursday night at the United Center. They’ve pretty much locked up the Eastern Conference’s top spot, but still have an outside chance of catching the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA.

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