NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS
Game Two Final
Series Tied 1-1
Game Three and Four at Chicago
BROOKLYN NETS - They Played Best Of Games. They Played The Worst Of Games.
There, for all Barclays Center to see, Mr. Hyde in shorts, or, Dr. Jekyll possessed. That's how bipolar, or should I say, schizophrenic , this team can be. If you've watched them this season, then you know how dramatically their shooting can go from being pin point accurate, to suffering debilitating rim aversion. What did I say after game one? I'll remind you...
The Nets shot 55.8% from the floor versus 47.4% for Chicago. The Nets are very simple to figure - when they shoot like that, they usually win, for this has been a season riddled with too many 33% nights.The Brooklyn Nets shot 35.4% from the field Monday night. That's it. There's your game. Talk about a rejuvenated, or even reinvigorated defensive effort by the Bulls all you want. I'll listen. But I won't agree. Deron Williams was 1 for 9 from the field. Gerald Wallace shot 1 for 7, and Joe Johnson was six for eighteen. In other words, Joe Johnson shot 33% from the floor. The only Nets player not to lose his touch was Brook Lopez, who scored a game high twenty-one points. The Nets additionally got out-rebounded by a 44-39 margin. Three Chicago players had double digit rebounds. Reggie Evans pulled down eight for Brooklyn. Chicago turned the tables on Brooklyn, outscoring the Nets 42-30 in the paint. That's the simple anatomy of game two's loss.
Now the series heads to Chicago for a pair, where the Nets will be forced to win back a game on the Bulls court.