"The guy has done this," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau insisted Wednesday night, in the bowels of Toronto's Air Canada Centre, before injecting a dose of sarcasm into his response. "There are tapes of what he's done."

Thibodeau was talking about Carlos Boozer, who scored 36 points, his highest point total in a Bulls uniform, to go along with 12 rebounds in the team's overtime road win. When a reporter briefly interrupted to indicate that Thibodeau meant Boozer's current stretch was comparable to the much-maligned power forward's tenure in Utah, the coach rapidly replied, "He's done it for us, too."

That may be the case, but between various injuries, postseason struggles, the currently-sidelined Derrick Rose's brilliance overshadowing all of his teammates, the widely-held perception that less offensively-gifted Bulls play with more passion on both ends of the floor and perhaps most significantly, his massive contract, Boozer has and will be an easy target.

But since the calendar year changed, Boozer has been recognized for his contributions. In the Bulls' eight games in 2013, Boozer is averaging 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, something that stands out on a frequently scoring-deficient squad, as well as appearing more energized on the defensive end of the floor.

"Just playing, man. Playing off my teammates, hooping, having fun, trying to win. It's that simple. There's no new recipe to it," explained Boozer, who is loath to discuss his individual performance, even when he's played well and the Bulls win. "I feel pretty confident."

"I was just joking," he continued, when queried about his so-called "New Year's resolution," which he mentioned after the Bulls' Jan. 2 win in Orlando, their first game of 2013. "The biggest thing is the team is getting wins and how we finished the last two weeks of 2012, it wasn't our best basketball.