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Bulls' Pau Gasol misses All-Star starting spot by 360 votes

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Bulls' Pau Gasol misses All-Star starting spot by 360 votes

How close was Pau Gasol to being included in the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference All-Star team?

Three hundred sixty votes.

That's all that separated Gasol from Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who landed a spot in the starting lineup with 567,348 votes. Gasol finished with 566,988.

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Bulls guards were hot on the heels of the players who ended up winning starting spots in the backcourt. Jimmy Butler finished fourth in voting among Eastern Conference guards with 564,637 votes, and Derrick Rose was seventh with 302,389. Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry were the leading vote-getters among Eastern Conference guards and earned spots in the starting five.

Also starting in the East frontcourt: Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Pacers forward Paul George.

The starting five for the West features Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

Any of the aforementioned Bulls could still be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the reserves are announced next week.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?

It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.

"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.

"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."

Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it. 

“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’

LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.