Bulls vs. Pacers: Marco Belinelli to start at SG

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

When going through Thibs's options yesterday in replacing Rip Hamilton in the starting lineup, this was the most likely scenario:

After the morning shootaround, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Marco Belinelli will start at shooting guard for the injured Richard Hamilton against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler's impact coming off the bench with fellow reserve stalwart Jimmy Butler factored in the decision.

"Jimmy has played well coming off the bench," Thibodeau said. "That group has played very well together and they're starting to build some chemistry. That was a big part of the decision.

Not to fret, Jimmy-philes, I'm sure he'll play a lot. With this position especially, Thibs has no qualms pulling the starter early, and going with whoever's playing better that night down the stretch. Another factor will be whether the Bulls find themselves ahead or behind in the game, though even then Thibs will go with 'energy' instead of shooting ability to try and reclaim a lead.

And there's also the 4 minutes Luol Deng doesn't play.

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