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Noah: Hansbrough rough, but not dirty

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Tyler Hansbrough's agitator style has made him Pacer Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of Bulls fans.
But after a playful initial response, Joakim Noah said Hansbrough's physical defense is all part of the game.
``Hansbrough's a dirty guy? Do you mean dirty, as in he doesn't take showers?'' Noah said.
No. Dirty, as in taking cheap shots.
``I don't think so,'' Noah said. ``That's just the way the game's played right now. Nothing easy to the basket. When you have a little point guard going in there every time the way Derrick is going in there, you don't want to be on the highlights reel. So you have to give a hard fouI. It's just the way of the game.
``It's frustrating, because you never want Derrick getting hit like that. But it's the name of the game right now.''
Meanwhile, Carlos Boozer wanted nothing to do with Psycho T's chatter about X-rated trash talking.
``I'm not going to repeat anything; you'd have to use a lot of bleeps and then there wouldn't be much to say,'' Hansbrough said. ``You try to limit [the backtalk], but sometimes you get frustrated and slip up and say something you shouldn't have.''
Boozer's response?
``I'm not commenting on that,'' he said, his game face already on at the Bulls' Thursday morning shootaround.
He did indicate it's not a Duke-North Carolina thing: ``I have no problem with where he went to school at.''

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