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P.J.: We have to match Bulls' increased intensity

Deron Williams drives the baseline against the Chicago

Deron Williams drives the baseline against the Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson in the second quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (April 20, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- P.J. Carlesimo knows the Nets rode an emotional wave in Saturday's series opener, something that can't easily expect to rely on again come Monday.

The Bulls are probably going to come out with a renewed sense of purpose and the Nets interim coach understands that it's imperative for his team to match Chicago's intensity, when the two square off at the Barclays Center in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

"Without question, that's the biggest non-basketball concern and I think it trumps all the others," Carlesimo said after the Nets shootaround at the PNY Center Monday. "If we do that, then that allows us to get into the other concerns. Are we going to rebound, are we going to make shots, push the ball, not turn it over, execute, set screens, you know, do all the basketball things?

"We've had games during the year -- the Atlanta ones come to mind right away, first half in Phoenix -- where one team was ready to play and the other wants it. It's like it doesn't matter what you do. You are a step slow on defense, they are beating you to loose balls, you are not making shots, you are not running offense crisply. The problem is that that mind game is a very important thing in the playoffs, and you never know which way it’s going to go in Game 1. You know which way it’s going to go tonight.

"We know what we are going to get from Chicago, is what I'm calling desperation for lack of a better term. We have to meet or exceed that and that’s a big challenge."

The other? Dealing with the several adjustments that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who's known for his brilliant defensive philosophy, will throw their way.

"Teams are going to look at film, they are going to see what they did wrong just like we did," Deron Williams said. "They are going to make adjustments, they are going to come out with a new gameplan, a better gameplan, and we have to match their energy and effort level."

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