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Chicago Bulls prepare to face Luol Deng for first time

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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Under Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls treat every game as nothing more than an opportunity to win. But this one won’t be just another game for Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and most of their teammates.

It’ll be their first time facing Luol Deng as an opponent, when the Bulls play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday (6 p.m., Comcast Sports Net) at Quicken Loans Arena.

‘‘It will probably be weird,’’ Noah said. ‘‘It will probably be strange, but I still want to kick his ass. I love Luol. He’s my brother. But when that ball goes up, he’s not going to be my brother any more.’’

Speaking to reporters in Cleveland, Deng acknowledged that as much as he would like it to be another game, it would be ‘‘a little weird’’ to face the Bulls.

‘‘It will be good to see the guys,’’ Deng said. ‘‘Honestly, it’s another game. When I go out there it will be weird, because it’s [against] guys I practiced with and I was just with them not too long ago. That aspect of it will be
weird. Chicago Sun-Times

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