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Tyrus Thomas' absence may be James Johnson's big break

Updated: November 7, 2009, 8:44 PM ET
By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- Taj Gibson isn't the only Bulls rookie who should see more minutes in Tyrus Thomas' absence. James Johnson, the team's other first-round draft pick, is likely to get a chance to contribute as well.

The Wake Forest alum has been stuck on the bench for most of the early part of the season, but Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro has suggested Johnson may finally get a chance to show what he can do.

"I'm going to see how the game goes," Del Negro said. "We're a little short on ...

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