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are the scoring droughts due to predictability?

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opposing players throughout the Eastern Conference, even ones who were/are in these playoffs, say they have the Bulls scouted to the T largely because they adhere so strictly to called plays. "If the Bulls could avoid having all those six-, seven-minute scoring droughts they'd probably be the best team in the league, but they can't," one Eastern Conference veteran told me Sunday night. "And we all know every single thing they're going to run. ... Some nights they just execute at a level you can't stop, but you can't do that all the time in the playoffs, not against well-coached teams that lock in defensively."

- Mike Wilbon