Dunleavy, Bulls ratchet up intrigue

"Mike's been around a long time," coach Tom Thibodeau said, "and had a terrific career. ... Sometimes people forget how good he is, and probably the only thing that was slowing him down were injuries. One year in Indiana he averaged 19 points a game, so he's a good player. And he does whatever you ask him to do to help the team win. You can start him, bring him in off the bench. You can play him big minutes, short minutes."

No matter, Dunleavy has become a focal point of an increasingly combative series that, heading into Sunday's Game 4, has the kind of uncertainty and surprising subplots that even when the games are far from perfect create fascinating athletic theater.

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