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Bulls vs. Cavs: 3 keys to the game

Although they didn't talk Joakim Noah coach Tom Thibodeau seem have ironed out their differences from Saturday night when Bulls

Although they didn't talk, Joakim Noah and coach Tom Thibodeau seem to have ironed out their differences from Saturday night, when the Bulls lost to Memphis. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: November 2, 2012 2:45PM

Here are the three keys for the Bulls tonight in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (6:30 p.m., CSN, 1000-AM).

1. Stop Kyrie – Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau spoke about Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving during Friday morning’s shoot-around, and had nothing but praise for him.

“He’s a special player and he showed that last year,’’ Thibodeau said. “He’s a very special player because of his ability to make everyone better.’’

As Irving goes, the Cavs tend to go. Goal No. 1 – make life difficult for Irving, both when he has the ball and when he doesn’t.

2. The evolution of Luol – Luol Deng continues to add to his game, now getting looks in the post. Thibodeau started messing around with Deng in the post late last season, and said on Friday, “It was good for us … I want to try and take advantage of that more.’’ It’s about making Deng a matchup nightmare, able to take bigger defensive players off the dribble or hit them up with a three, and taking smaller defenders down in the paint.

3. Running of the Bulls – Thibodeau liked what he saw against the Kings in the first half a far as pushing the ball up the court and looking to fastbreak on Sacramento, but thought they slowed down in the fourth. They want to look to run all 48 minutes, and will try and pressure the Cavs defenders by doing that.

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