At this stage of the season, Tom Thibodeau knows a delicate balance exists between the need for rest and rhythm.

But even with the Bulls boring down on securing the league's best record and homecourt advantage for however long their playoff run lasts, look for their coach to opt for the latter when it comes to Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton.

"We have a lot of guys who have not played a lot of minutes," Thibodeau said. "We need guys to get in rhythm. That's what we're focused on. Right now, the guys who have been out and missed time, we have to get them playing."

Rose wore an ice pack on his recently sprained right ankle as he watched film of his 1-for-13 nightmare against the Heat with Thibodeau after Saturday's practice. Though Rose admitted to some soreness, he felt good enough for an intense workout on the Bulls' off day Friday and practiced Saturday.