--F Luol Deng scored a season-low six points at Milwaukee on Saturday, then hit just 3 of 11 shots for 10 points in Monday's loss to Philadelphia.
"Lu, I didn't think it was one of his better games," coach Tom Thibodeau said after the Sixers game. "We've given him time off in practice. When Lu's practicing well, I think it translates into the games. We need to get back to practicing."
Deng didn't disagree with his coach's assessment. He missed a few practices to rest a thigh bruise.
"I've always said I'm a practice player. When I practice, I play better. I need a rhythm," Deng said. "You never want to miss practice. I really had to. I'm back practicing now, so I'll get my rhythm back. But this is not about one thing. It's about a lot of things we've got to correct."
--As guard Derrick Rose sat at his locker, blaming his 10 turnovers for a loss to Philadelphia on Monday, his right hand and wrist were wrapped in ice.
"I have some jammed fingers, but I'm fine," Rose said. "(The turnovers) were just careless. Some if it is just me, driving and kicking the ball off my foot. I'm going to learn from it, watch video. I should be all right."
Rose might have had too many turnovers, but he also hit 12 of 24 shots for 31 points against the Sixers. Coach Tom Thibodeau complained after the game that Rose was hit on his drives to the basket but didn't get many foul calls.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We've just been coming out with low energy the last few games. We've got to learn from it and understand that game was lost in the first quarter. It's on us for the starters to come out with a better edge." -- Center Joakim Noah on the Bulls' sluggish start and eventual home loss to Philadelphia on Monday.
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