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Bulls can’t shoot or prevent three-pointers

Updated: December 7, 2013 6:32AM



The three-pointer has not been a friend to the Bulls — shooting it or stopping it.

For a team that stressed getting better from beyond the arc this offseason — signing Mike Dunleavy and drafting long-range snipers Tony Snell and Erik Murphy — the returns have been poor.

Even last season’s distance-challenged team finished tied for 20th with a .353 three-point percentage, while holding the opposition to .346. Tom Thibodeau can tolerate those numbers.

“The one thing that we did well was we guarded the three, so no one had a distinct advantage over us,’’ Thibodeau said. “So it wasn’t where a team was making 10, and we were making five. It was virtually a wash.’’

Opponents have made 10.3 threes per game for a .470 percentage, while the Bulls have made 4.3 threes per game for a .232 percentage.

“We’re giving up too many and not making enough,’’ Dunleavy said. “I think we’ve had some good looks; they just haven’t gone down. There are cases where you have to be a little bit more selective. Hopefully, we can improve on that as the season goes on.’’

Full go

Thibodeau said the Bulls were at full strength for practice the last two days, and no one has minute restrictions for the game against the Pacers.

“It’s good to have everyone in practice,’’ Thibodeau said. “But we have a lot of work to do. You have to build each day.’’

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