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Bulls thankful for rest and preparation time

CHICAGO -- The Bulls had two three-day breaks in the final four weeks of the regular season, playing poorly in a 17-point home loss against the Trail Blazers after one and winning impressively on the road against the Timberwolves following the other. Coach Tom Thibodeau thinks this three-day break between the regular-season finale and Sunday's Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series against the Wizards is different. Both teams had one. And both teams locked into preparation for the same opponent over the next four, five, six or seven games. "At the end of the season, you get used to playing. Usually it's every other day," Thibodeau said. "When that changes, it can knock you out of ...

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