CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose played 37 minutes in Tuesday night's 132-129 double-overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the most minutes he has played all season. But even he had to laugh when it was pointed out that veteran big man Pau Gasol played a season-high 50 minutes in the loss.
"Wow, wow, wow," Rose said. "You got to make sure he's all right over there."
It was one of the only lighter moments in an otherwise dejected Bulls locker room. What makes this game even more intriguing is that after extending Gasol for 50 minutes, playing Rose a season-high 37 minutes and playing All-Star center Joakim Noah 36 minutes on a balky left knee, Thibodeau has to decide how much, if at all, to play the trio in Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets.
For now, Thibodeau believes all three will play Wednesday, including Rose, who has yet to start and finish games on consecutive days this season.
"I don't see why not," Thibodeau said. "We'll see how they feel [Wednesday]."
Gasol said he couldn't recall the latest time he played that many minutes in a game.
"I don't remember," Gasol said. "I've played a lot of games in my career. But this one was one that I played the most. I wish we could have won it."
According to ESPN Stats and Information, this was just the fifth time in Gasol's career that he played 50 or more minutes. The most recent time came March 22, 2011, against the Phoenix Suns, back when Gasol played for the Los Angeles Lakers.
"It would have felt better if we won the game," Gasol said after scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. "But I did what I had to do just like everybody on the team ... unfortunately we lost it. [Wednesday] we got another one."
Rose was optimistic about playing in Charlotte but wants to see how he feels Wednesday before making a final decision. Noah seemed to be moving fine after turning his ankle late in the game.
While Gasol appeared understandably tired, he was hopeful he would be ready after getting some treatment from the Bulls' medical staff on Wednesday.
"Hopefully, whenever we get there, I'll go to bed and get some good sleep," Gasol said. "And ice my legs -- pretty much my entire body -- tomorrow morning or afternoon, whenever I wake up. And just mentally be ready for it. The only way to kind of make it up for this game is to win [Wednesday]. It would be a lot worse if we were not able to bounce back tomorrow and get on the winning track. So that's what we have to do -- really mentally dig in and play through the fatigue and the soreness."