By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
April 22nd, 2013
Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets Post Game Recap
Final Score: Bulls 90 Nets 82
For the Nets Game Two was the polar opposite of Game One in the series against the Bulls, and that led to Brooklyn’s first loss of the Postseason. Splitting the series at home now means the Bulls have the home court advantage over the Nets.
- In what was a very bad loss for the Nets there wasn’t many bright spots, but Brook Lopez did play a good game, and kept the Nets in it with most players in the starting lineup struggling with their shots. Lopez finished with a game-high 21 points on seven for 14 shooting to go along with five rebounds, and three blocks.
- The bench was able to provide some support scoring wise for Brooklyn, as C.J. Watson and Andray Blatche both played well again. Watson was the high point man off the bench for Brooklyn with 10 points on four for nine shooting, and dished out five assists. Blatche was right behind Watson in scoring off the bench with eight points also on four for nine shooting, and grabbed seven rebounds.
- The big negative for the Nets was the play of their Point Guard Deron Williams, who has been leading them for the second half of the season with his great play. Monday night was a rare off night for Williams, as he probably had his worst game in months in Game Two. Williams finished with just eight points on one for nine shooting, which included him going zero for five from behind the three-point line. Williams did dish out 10 assists, but the Nets need him to score points with the lack of firepower in the starting lineup.
- Gerald Wallace played surprising good in Game One, but Game Two he looked like the Wallace that played poorly most of the season. Wallace scored only two points on one for seven shooting, which led to him playing 19 minutes. On the defensive end, he shutdown Luol Deng in Game One, but in Game Two Deng was much better scoring a team-high 15 points on seven for 17 shooting, and grabbed 10 rebounds for a nice double-double.
- Bulls Center Joakim Noah couldn’t play much in Game One due to his injured foot, but Noah dealt with the pain in Game Two, and was clearly a difference maker for the Bulls on both ends. Noah was able to notch the double-double in just 25 minutes, as he scored 11 points on four for eight shooting to go along with 10 rebounds. If Noah can play as he did in Game Two the Nets maybe in for a lot of problems in this series.
- Carlos Boozer once again played well as he has had season, and in Game One. Boozer finished with 13 points on six for 12 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds. Boozer led the Bulls frontline in rebounds, as Boozer, Noah, and Deng combined for 32 rebounds.
The Nets will be heading into Chicago with the seven game series tied at 1-1 for a very important Game Three on Thursday night.