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Bulls enter brutal part of their schedule

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The Bulls will host the Pistons tonight in the first of three games on consecutive days. The Bulls will play five games in the next six nights.

"It's going to catch up with you. It's doing the little things," forward Luol Deng said. "But it's all a mindset. Everybody's got to go through it. We're going to struggle some with energy but that's where the bench comes in and helps each other. But, like I said, we really got to lock in and focus on taking it a game at a time. We can't look at the seventh game from now.

Interestingly enough, teams playing back-to-back-to-back games are 6-0 this season. The Hawks were playing their third straight when they routed the Bulls in Atlanta on Saturday night.

"It doesn't surprise me," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "There's a lot of things that go into it also because usually the opponent is in the midst of a lot of games themselves and so depending upon where that game is, is it home? Who is the opponent? Where are they in their schedule? Have they taken on some injuries? There's a lot of things that go into it. But I'm not surprised. Every night in this league you have to get ready to play and the teams that are ready are usually successful."

Thibs is often asked about how he will adjust the minutes his players will play. It helps that starters got a blow in the fourth quarter against the Hawks.

"It helps that you have a deep bench and then of course you have to wait and see how things unfold in the game," he said. "There can be, of course, foul trouble, a guy could get hurt. So there's a lot of things that play into it."

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You must mean trying or difficult or arduous or challenging, Neal, but "brutal" ? Come on, man, this is basketball not football. But then, you probably never played the game. Right?

Yep your clearly lost again.

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