The Chicago Bulls got shellacked in Game One of their series against the Brooklyn Nets.
Game Two was a different story…
Chicago evened the series with the Nets and stole Game Two with a 90-82 victory. The Bulls’ defense was the difference in the game, shutting down Brooklyn Point Guard Deron Williams.
In Game One, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau threw many different looks at Williams but decided to keep Kirk Hinrich on him for the duration of Game Two. Hinrich’s defense bothered Williams all night and forced him to shoot 1-9 from the field. Williams finished with only 8 points.
Another big component to the Bulls’ success was the return of All-Star Center Joakim Noah. Noah returned from his injury and made an impact right away. He had a huge tip-in shot and blocked Brook Lopez’s shot attempt with a under a minute left in the game to seal the win.
Brooklyn could not find any answers to the intense defense of Chicago. They struggled in all facets, especially from downtown. Not one starter for the Nets had a positive +/- rating.
Game Three will be a pivotal game for the Nets as the next two games will be played at the United Center in Chicago.
Game Three will be played on Thursday, April 25th on NBA TV.