Wake-up call: Fewer bench points but tighter rotation works

Wake-up call: Fewer bench points but tighter rotation works
May 4, 2014, 6:00 am
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With the exception of Trevor Booker, the bench didn't provide the same offensive punch in their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls. That likely will change in the next round, though coach Randy Wittman will continue to adjust accordingly. 

"The minutes are different. Rotations rare different depending on what your matchup is. I'm not too worried about that," said Wittman, who didn't have a reserve score more than 10 points in their five-game elimination of Chicago. "We knew that it was going to be that situation in the Chicago series from a defensive standpoint with them being one of the best in the league. Not a concern of mine."

Trevor Booker was the most productive player statistically, starting Game 4 in place of Nene who was suspended, with 5.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. 

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  • Andre Miller: He scored 10 and eight points in the first two games with the Bulls, but only two in his next three appearances
  • Martell Webster: Appeared in all five games with a high of 10 points, shooting 10-for-22 overall, but failed to score in Game 5
  • Drew Gooden: Appeared in four games -- only 10 minutes total in first three -- but only scored two points and hasn't scored in double figures since March 31
  • Al Harrington: Appeared in three games, only totaled seven minutes and didn't score

Gooden is just fine with how things are now, even if it means his minutes are getting cut. 

"Don’t fix what’s not broken. We won that series," Gooden said. "I think we could’ve swept the Chicago Bulls if Jimmy Butler doesn’t hit that 3 (in Game 4). That game has a chance to go on our side or overtime with a chance for us to win that game at home. 

"The opportunity right now with the rotation that Witt has is helping us win ballgames. I don’t think that opportunity is there with bench guys right now."

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