Kirk Hinrich has started 82 percent of his 701 career games, so it's not like replacing the injured Derrick Rose for the first time this season fazed him.

Doing so as Rose sat all of last season did — at least physically.

"I feel last year I did kind of wear down some," Hinrich said Friday.

Hinrich endured an injury-plagued 2012-13 and agreed with the theory that backing up both guard positions this season could keep him healthier and fresher. Though he's comfortable starting and will whenever Rose or Jimmy Butler is sidelined, backing up both those players is his primary role.

"I've enjoyed coming off the bench," Hinrich said. "I feel like it's somewhat of a new role even though I've done it before. Everybody wants to be out there and help as much as you can. But I've liked sitting and seeing what's happening and then bringing energy to try to affect the game."

Hinrich entered Friday night's 96-80 victory over the Raptors averaging 24 minutes per game. He logged 39 minutes, 58 seconds against the Raptors, playing all but the final 1:18 of the second half.

"I'm playing my minutes as hard as I can because I don't know how long I'm going to be out there," Hinrich said. "I'm comfortable with the guys I'm playing with on the bench. It has been good."