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Film work key to Korver's defensive success

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Kyle Korver vowed to return to the Bulls this season as a better defensive player. He has accomplished it thanks largely to film work.

"I go over all my minutes with [assistant coach] Andy Greer after every game," Korver said. "I go over where I could be better on defense, when to square guys up, when to force them in a different direction, my hands, my feet, we go over everything."

Korver is coming off what coach Tom Thibodeau called his best defensive game in two years in Tuesday night's win over the Knicks. Korver had seven rebounds and three blocked shots in that game. He also had 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 3 of 5 from beyond the three point line, but it was his defense that stood out most of all.

He dove on the floor for a loose ball in the fourth quarter before firing a quick pass to Carlos Boozer for an easy bucket.

"He really works at it," Thibodeau said. "He puts a lot of time in. He studies. He watches a ton of film. He knows his opponent. He's done a great job for us."

Korver said spending another season in Thibodeau's system has helped, too.

"Coming from Utah, our philosophies were opposite of what we're running here," Korver said. "There's a lot of times you're in a game and there's a quick play and you go back to your old tendencies. It took a little time to break that. I still have a ways to go but I'm getting better at it."

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