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Bulls' defense stifling Nets

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Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.

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Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets puts up a shot while Jimmy Butler of Chicago attempts to block during game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.

Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Jimmy Butler of Chicago puts up a shot while Brook Lopez of Brooklyn attempts to block. This took place during Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.

Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.

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What's obvious in this playoff series is the Bulls' defense is giving Brooklyn problems.The Nets averaged 103.8 points in their final 16 regular season games, then rolled up 106 in Game 1 against the Bulls. Since then, Brooklyn scored 82 and 76 points, while shooting 35.4 and 34.6 percent from the field.
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    • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.
    • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets puts up a shot while Jimmy Butler of Chicago attempts to block during game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.
    • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Jimmy Butler of Chicago puts up a shot while Brook Lopez of Brooklyn attempts to block. This took place during Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.
    • Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.
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