The message the Bulls sent Tuesday in Game 5 was as subtle as a shot blocked into the third row or an elbow to the ear.

This team is going to go out on its own terms, regardless of whether Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah or even Taj Gibson is healthy enough to play in Game 6 Thursday against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

This team earned that right by posting the best record in the regular season despite myriad injuries. The Bulls shouldn't let the circumstances dictate how far they advance in this series, not after establishing a standard of play they didn't meet in three consecutive losses but reached in a do-or-die Game 5 at the United Center.