Korver out of slump, still expanding all-around game

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Korver out of slump, still expanding all-around game

PHILADELPHIA After knocking down five three-pointers en route to 17 points in the Bulls Monday night win in Washington, Kyle Korver joked that when Luol Deng seated in the locker-room stall next to him in the Verizon Center, eating a postgame meal returns to the lineup from an injured left wrist, its back to the bench. Maybe so, but it wont necessarily mean he wont see significant minutes.

Korvers rebounding and defense, two aspects of his game that hes greatly improved this season, have earned the confidence of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

He was great. He had a tough matchup with Wizards forward Rashard Lewis and I thought he battled. I thought his defense was excellent, said the coach. Hitting threes -- I believe he had five tonight -- thats huge. It just spreads the floor. The three-point shot, for Derrick Rose, is critical.

Korver had been mired in a slump, but started to break out of it Sunday in Miami, then showed he had truly gotten back into rhythm against the Wizards.

It was nice to be out there for a good period of time. I think its good when you know youre going to have more time. Youre not worried that, I might only get three, four shots, so youre able to be a little bit more patient. Got some good looks, probably should have made a few that I missed, explained Korver, who will play against the 76ers, the team where he started his NBA career, Wednesday. I just dont like to miss shots and if Im not shooting the ball well, Im going to put in the extra time to try to find the rhythm, but I dont think theres any extra pressure that I put on myself.

Its always good to have rhythm. I think one of the strengths of this team all year has been weve had a lot of guys out this year and a lot of different guys have stepped up, and when its been their kind of turn, theyve taken advantage of it. Were a team that wants to win a championship, so no ones out there to try to get theirs. We all have our role and were very accepting of it, continued Korver, known as one of the leagues top marksmen, before explaining his approach to playing an all-around game. Just play solid basketball. When the shots there, Im going to take it. When the right plays to make the pass, Im going to swing it. You just try to be in the right position on offense and defense, and try not to let your man score. Work the system. Thats what Thibs preaches. Keep on trying to grow as a basketball player.

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Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups.