Once they've survived an opening week that includes games against the Knicks and at Indiana, the Bulls will be able work off the edges against more routine opponents. They showed signs of their old ways by going on an 18-6 run on their way to pulling within 97-89 with 1:41 left. There will be another 3,888 minutes in the season (plus the occasional overtime period) for them to build on that closing performance.
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