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The Chicago Bulls are used to playing shorthanded in recent years, but as the injuries pile up, the losses grow more frustrating. The Bulls were without starting small forward Luol Deng for Saturday's 92-75 loss to the Detroit Pistons, their fifth loss in seven games since losing Derrick Rose to season-ending knee surgery. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau started backup power forward Taj Gibson in Deng's place, alongside Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. The decision was a response to the Pistons' big frontcourt unit that features Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. "It's real frustrating, because we're not getting a chance to get a rhythm," Gibson said of the constant lineup changes and injuries. "There's always one guy banged up from the night before." USA Today Sports

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Taj Gibson has no doubt Rose will return from his second setback. "He's one of those guys who loves adversity and works harder," Gibson said. "That's a great guy." … Jimmy Butler traveled, did his rehab but remains "two steps away" from returning from turf toe, Thibodeau said. Chicago Tribune

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“Miami is still the team to beat,’’ Gibson said. “They still have [Dwyane Wade], Chris Bosh, a lot of size now, so I think they’re still the team to beat. They’re the champs.’’ And chasing history. If Miami can win a third consecutive title, it joins elite company. Only the Bulls, Lakers and Celtics have accomplished that feat, and Gibson would like to keep it that way. “Seeing how we’re such competitors, that’s what we’re trying to do,’’ Gibson said. “We’re not just trying to knock them out from reaching that, but we’re trying to build our own championship habits.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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