Greatness within reach for the Bulls

December, 25, 2011
12/25/11
3:40
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
ESPNChicago.com
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The encore has to be more difficult, right?

You don't just order up a season better than one that produced the league's best record, its Most Valuable Player and its best coach. Unlike opening day a year ago, the Chicago Bulls are big whoop now, no longer able to operate for stretches of time under the radar. They have notice this time, the withering defense, the uncommon depth, the superstar throwback who takes blame but not credit.

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Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN and appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC, in addition to ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter: @RealMikeWilbon

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5