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Matthew Dellavedova led James to the corner after he'd jabbed toward the lane with defensive blanket Jimmy Butler guarding him. James caught it, hopped back, loaded and fired. Shot goes in, it's 86-84. Ball game. "It was a tough shot. You saw him fading away from the three-point line. What do you think we should've done better?" vented Taj Gibson, who guarded Dellavedova on the game's final play despite tweaking his knee in the fourth quarter, then heaved both his shoes toward the corner of the Bulls' locker room, uninterested in reliving their failed opportunity. USA Today Sports

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To put into context what Butler is tasked with on a nightly basis while trying to guard James, Bulls forward Taj Gibson compared James to arguably the best player of all time. "He's the Michael Jordan of our generation," Gibson said of James. "He's extremely talented, extremely physical, it's just tough [defending him], man. It's funny I was just watching the Detroit Pistons documentary [Thursday], about how you just have to go after guys all these years. We've been seeing LeBron over and over over the years, and every year we just kept getting better and better. You see how Jimmy was stepping up taking those shots he wasn't taking last year and it's big. We need everybody." ESPN.com

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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau seems committed to keeping his lineup as is, even with center Joakim Noah struggling. Noah is 1 for 14 from the free throw line in the postseason and Thibodeau was asked Thursday if he would consider starting backup forward Taj Gibson instead. "Not right now," Thibodeau said. "When Jo was on the floor, we were a plus. You've got to look at a lot of things. We'll see how it unfolds, but Jo brings a lot to our team." Noah is leading the Bulls with 10.8 rebounds per game in the postseason and said his free-throw woes haven't become a mental thing. "It's disappointing," he said. "I've just got to keep working and make them tomorrow." USA Today Sports

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Gibson took a cortisone shot at halftime, and there’s no real concern about him missing Game 1 on Saturday night. Rose’s status doesn’t appear to be up in the air, either, but with this Bulls team for this season, nobody’s taking anything for granted from an availability standpoint. “I took that at halftime so I’d be feeling a lot better come Saturday,” Gibson said. “I’m OK going forward. Got the shot, looking forward to feeling a lot better tomorrow. Another day of rest, practice, should be fine. “I was in a lot of pain all yesterday, even in Brooklyn I was in a lot of pain, but I just kept playing, trying to be tough, just trying to go after it and put my body first, put my body before the team, no excuses, gotta keep being tough. It’s that time of the year. Gotta push out all the excuses, all the negativity, and it’s time to go.” CSN Chicago

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Maybe it was Nazr Mohammed’s halftime speech, a stem winder after the Bulls trailed Miami 51-32 and shot three of 24 in the second quarter. “Nazr, he really chewed us out,” said Taj Gibson, who had all three second quarter scores. Maybe it was Derrick Rose in his second game back from knee surgery with a dozen points and drawing the defense with drives. “I think I attacked the basket a little bit more. I pushed myself to attack the rim,” said Rose. Bulls.com

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Taj Gibson thought about getting even when his longtime friend was shot in the head. Derrick Rose also lost a childhood friend to a gun, but he never wanted condolences. He and Gibson were simply talking about friends they've lost to violence. So did Bulls reserve Nazr Mohammed and former teammate Luol Deng. And so did several friends and siblings of Chicago teens who have been killed in recent years. They all appear in "You're Not Alone," an anti-violence video produced by Bulls center Joakim Noah and directed by award-winning author and documentarian Alex Kotlowitz. The video also serves as an invitation for people to talk candidly about the emotional toll of gun violence, much like several interview subjects did during the 8-minute film. Chicago Tribune

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