"Carlos has a lot of pride and he should want to play. But you also, you got to get it done too," Thibodeau said. "You can't play everybody. Joakim [Noah] has gone to a completely different level. And Carlos is going to play some in the fourth. Right now Taj has got the hot hand, so that's the way we're going. But that doesn't mean it will stay that way. We need both those guys for us to get to where we want to go, we need both those guys playing well. Both guys are critical to our team so that's the way I look at it."
What's clear is that Boozer is unhappy, and he understands it has affected the perception people have of his game.
"I can't worry about that," Boozer said. "I don't know what [the] perception is, but the reality is it's Thib's decision. It is frustrating when you're having a great game and you're not out there to help your team win at the end of games."
For his part, Thibodeau is taking the comments in stride.
"Hey look, it's the NBA. It's a long season. As I said, I don't want anyone putting themselves before the team," he said. "I want to make that clear. Carlos, for the most part, he's never done that before. I don't know the context in which it was said. But as I said, it's my job to get the best out of everyone and to do what's best for the team. So that's what I'll do. I'll always do it and that's not going to change."