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Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Luol Deng Credits Team Defense for Slowing LeBron James


Luol Deng wasn’t willing to take any individual credit for LeBron’s subpar performance in Game 1 of the ECF. From the Chicago Tribune: “There’s no ‘me’ in Bulls. Not even an ‘I.’ So Deng deflected question after question about his superb defensive effort on James, who scored just 15 points in Game 1 on 5-for-15 shooting. ‘It wasn’t anything I did individually,’ Deng said. ‘Our team defense was great.’ [Tom] Thibodeau certainly seconded that sentiment, saying: ‘LeBron is such a tough cover; you don’t guard him individually, you guard him with your team. He’s so unselfish, he’ll pass the ball when he’s being double-teamed. He got some good looks that he normally makes. So we have to do a better job on him as well.’ These Bulls are never satisfied. Turner sports analyst Charles Barkley, meanwhile, called the Bulls ‘the best defensive team I’ve seen.’ And he was not merely referring to the 2010-11 season. Said James: ‘This series has the best two defensive teams in the league. (The Bulls) make you take tough shots, and I missed a number of shots I normally make.’”

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  • FLIGHT 9

    BULLS WILL WIN THE SERIES PERIOD.
    MIAMI HATE WILL CRY AFTER THE SERIES.
    LECHOKE WILL COMMIT A SUICIDE.
    MIAMI WILL TRADE BOTCH.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Good job Luol, give urself some props to man ;)

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    1 game people They hit 10 THREES SMH

  • Riggs

    and their average 3 pt made per game in these playoffs is 6, whats your point? they won by 21

  • slamfan4life

    deng played good, props

  • Kas

    @Byebye anoyone who writes “SMH” after a comment should be banned from the comment section.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com JUST BCUZ

    if you go back and look at deng playing lebron for most of their careers, luol PLAYS HIM WELL. i guess cause they played in H.S against eachother. so for whatever reason, he’s always been confident against him

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @ByeBye yes, it was one game, but they didn’t win b/c they were on fire, they won because they shut the Heat down in the second half. They won by 21 b/c they were on fire…

  • jimmythesaint67

    Luol Deng is a TopCat for Life .. Celtic Defence from 2008 Lives On!

  • JTaylor21

    Sure he played him well the last time they met in the playoffs. Giving up 31/8/9 on 57% shooting is “playing him well”.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    sensitive thug needs a hug

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Luol Deng = class.
    And, shout out to the older brother, Ajou Deng.

  • baykusreyiz

    lebron choked once again.

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