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Boozer, Thibs insist there's no rift

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PHILADELPHIA -- Before the Bulls took the court for shootaround this morning at the Wells Fargo Center, both Carlos Boozer and coach Tom Thibideau insisted there was no lingering issue stemming from Boozer sitting out the final 14 minutes of the team's 96-94 loss in New Jersey Wednesday night.

When asked if he and Thibodeau had a chance to talk on Thursday, Boozer said: "Oh yeah, it's fine. It's over and done with. Moving on to Philly and looking forward to a good game tonight."

Like he said to the media following the game, Thibodeau told Boozer the reason for the move was matchups and keeping the second-unit players in the game because they were effective.

"He was just rolling with the guys that were making the comeback," Boozer said. "I'm not worried about it. It's not really an issue. We got Philly tonight and I'm looking forward to a bounce back game."

Thibodeau also said everything was fine between him and the Bulls' big offseason free-agent acquisition and that Boozer didn't express any frustration to him.

"No, Carlos has been great," Thibodeau said. "The guy's a winner. He's gonna be on the floor most of the time. He and Derrick [Rose] sat most of the fourth quarter. They were cheering their teammates on. At that point, we were just trying to get a win. That's what that was all about. It wasn't about any other stuff."

After the New Jersey game, Boozer was short with his answers when speaking with the media and didn't directly address not playing the final 14 minutes.

"You have to ask Thibs about that," he said. "That was a coaching decision."

Boozer, though, said he wasn't angry about not playing.

"I was mad we lost," he said. "I was [ticked] we lost. And, of course, when you lose you want to be out there to help your team playing as a competitor. I felt like if I was out there I would help my team win. That's over and done with now. You can't go backwards. We have to move forward."

The Bulls face the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.

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