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Bulls now believe, but can they execute?

Derrick Rose has looked for his shot more in the first two games of the Bulls' series with the Cavaliers. David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images

What can the Chicago Bulls possibly do better against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night that they didn't do Monday during Game 2?

"Shhhhh," Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said to me after the game. "You tell me. When we have the lead we just got to find a way to stop them. We can't let them come down and get easy shots or easy baskets. When we're up two or three we got to get away. We have to so that we can put pressure on them and see what they're going to do after that.

"But if anything we're going to live with [LeBron James] making those shots. We live with him making those shots, rather than him driving to the hole, and that's his strength."

Rose wasn't exactly sure how to respond to that question. That's why he paused for a few moments before an answer finally came out of his mouth.

Seriously, what else can the Bulls do?

They played solid defense throughout most of the game. They only made four turnovers all night. They made Cavs center Shaquille O'Neal a non-factor, and they limited pretty much every other Cleveland player not named LeBron James and Jamario Moon in the second half.

There are still a few ways to improve, though. And Rose knows it.

"We're going to continue to fight, man," he said. "That's all we can do is just go out there and play the games. It's not going to be easy but that's why we're in the NBA. That's why we're here to play against them, and we're not backing up."

Specifically, here are a few more things to consider as the Bulls prepare for Game 3.

1. Keep the mojo going: After Game 2, several players mentioned that the Bulls have to find a way to keep their energy up. I don't think that will be much of a problem considering the Bulls will be home at the United Center, but they can't let themselves get into a deep hole early like they did in Game 1. The Bulls truly believe that they can play with the Cavs after Monday night, and I'd expect them to start off the game strong with that newfound confidence in their pocket.

2. Push the pace: The Bulls have been at their best all year when they've taken advantage of their athleticism and pushed the tempo. They should run any chance they get against the Cavs and make sure to do so when O'Neal is on the floor. The court becomes much less congested if they can keep the aging big man off of it, and it allows Rose and Noah easier looks at the basket in the process.

3. Come back, Kirk: The Bulls aren't going to win a game in this series without Kirk Hinrich producing. He has played poorly in this series, going 6 for 18 from the field and scoring just 13 points. Vinny Del Nego has to find a way to get his veteran guard back on track, and the Bulls must make more shots. They took 22 more than the Cavs on Monday night, and they still couldn't win.

4. More Flip: If Hinrich isn't getting the job done, Del Negro should look to go to Flip Murray earlier. The veteran shooter has no fear when it comes to putting up shots. Granted, he ended Monday shooting just 5 for 14 from the floor, but if he gets on a streak early, Del Negro has to get him the ball more and give Rose some more help offensively.

5. Stop talking to LeBron: It's still unclear who on the Bulls bench was exchanging words with the reigning MVP, but whoever it was, just stop -- don't give James any more reason to beat you. He was absolutely on fire on Monday night and admitted that he used the chirping as extra motivation. He's proven that he has the ability to take over games, but the likelihood of him making 27-footer after 27-footer, like he did during Game 2, isn't very high. If the Bulls continue to stay in his face -- stop talking -- they should have a chance to scratch a victory on Thursday night.