With his perpetually stressed look, Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau hardly cuts the figure of an artist. And when his team snarled and clawed its way to a 90-82 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, it didn't call to mind the grace and nuance of the N.B.A.'s most revered performers. But there was something truly poetic about the the Bulls' inspired defense Monday night that goes behind tactical adjustments and center Joakim Noah's improved health.
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