Bulls' Rose: We have to get nastiness

Updated: April 21, 2010, 1:51 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

CLEVELAND -- If the Chicago Bulls are going to even up their series against the Cleveland Cavaliers with Game 2 on Monday night, Derrick Rose has a pretty good idea as to what it will take.

"We got to go out there and be totally opposite of what we were last game," Rose said after Sunday's practice. "I think we weren't that aggressive on the defensive end.

"We talked about it today, and we got to have some type of swagger or nastiness about ourselves. You'll see that [Monday]."

The Bulls got pushed around at times in a 96-83 loss Saturday, especially when Joakim Noah found himself on the bench in foul trouble. They got outrebounded 50-38 and looked as if they were overmatched at certain points of the game. Noah knows that his team has to become the aggressor on Monday night.

"I think we were a little bit timid [Saturday]," he admitted. "But we'll be ready to go on Monday.

"I think all this is a great learning experience. We just got to keep fighting and hopefully try to get one on Monday."

LeBron James had high praise for Rose after Sunday's practice, but he also divulged what the Cavs' game plan was heading up against the Bulls' All-Star point guard during Game 1.

"He's a shifty guy," James said. "He's probably one of the best guys at changing directions, changing speeds, in the NBA.

"You try to make him a volume shooter. He's going to make some shots, but you try and make him a volume shooter, see hands, see bodies in front of him, which we did a good job of in Game 1. I look forward to him adjusting and we have adjusted also from Game 1 to Game 2."

Speaking of game plans, James also noted that one of Cleveland's biggest focus points was to limit the Bulls' rebounding numbers. They knew that if they did that it would slow down everything that Vinny Del Negro's bunch wanted to accomplish.

"Absolutely," James said. "Because they struggle sometimes from the field. They usually clean the glass really well. Noah and the athletic guys they have, Taj Gibson, Luol Deng, those guys do a great job of cleaning the offensive glass. It was definitely a point of emphasis to go into that game ... when they miss a shot, just clean up their defensive rebounding."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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