Suddenly, the Chicago Bulls have life. After dropping the first two games of their first-round series to the Washington Wizards, Tom Thibodeau's team used a 35-point effort from Mike Dunleavy to scoot past Washington in Game 3. The road team has won all three games thus far in the series, and for not a few reasons the Bulls arguably look like a favorite to make it four wins for the away team.
For one, they have the momentum. More significantly, the Wizards will be without big man Nene, who is suspended for the game on Sunday after getting into a scuffle and then head-butting Bulls guard Jimmy Butler during Game 3. Nene had been a thorn in Chicago's side during Washington's first two victories. He scored 24 and 17 points in the two games, passed out of the post well, and was an overall hassle for Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah.
The Bulls probably wont lean on Dunleavy so heavily again, but they have gotten enough out of D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson off the bench to give them an advantage against a Wizards second unit that's not necessarily known for its offensive options.
TV schedule: 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox
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