Since the first day of training camp, Derrick Rose has talked about the need to play inside-out, to get Carlos Boozer going.

True to form, the Bulls looked to Boozer early and often in Friday's exhibition opener. Boozer, however, missed his first five shots and battled foul trouble before rallying to finish with seven points and six rebounds in almost 25 minutes.

"I liked how he and Ronnie (Brewer) played off each other," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "His floor game was very good. He had some bunnies he normally makes that he didn't."