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Limiting turnovers key for Bulls

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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau insists every game counts the same, but center Joakim Noah admits that Wednesday night's showdown against the Heat means more than most.

"Everybody knows tomorrow is a big game," Noah said. "We're all excited."

The Heat scored 22 points off 15 Bulls turnovers in a 97-93 loss in Miami on Jan. 29, making ball security a top priority.

"We know we have to defend, we have to rebound, we have to take care of the ball," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That's one thing in the game down there we didn't feel we did a very good job of. The way they convert turnovers into points, if they get into the open floor they're hard to stop. We have to do a better job."

LeBron James guarding Derrick Rose late in games as become a staple for the Heat. Thibodeau and Rose spent time watching film together after practice Tuesday.

"Just run our offense," Thibodeau said when asked how he would counter the move. "They are an excellent defensive team. LeBron is an excellent defender and their team is excellent. We have to try to attack them before they're set and if they are set we have to move them and keep the ball moving and keep our bodies moving. The big thing is taking care of the ball."

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