The Nets have the chance to get out to a 2-0 lead to open up their first-round playoff series with the Bulls when the two tip off Monday night in Brooklyn.
Game 1 on Saturday saw the Nets take care of the Bulls’ highly-ranked defense with ease in a 106-89 victory. Joakim Noah’s sore foot surely had something to do with Chicago’s troubles.
The All-Star center only played 13 minutes due to the lingering injury, but said after the game that he’d be “out there” Monday night.
Without a significant contribution from Noah, there are few Bulls capable of containing Nets center Brook Lopez, who scored 21 points Saturday.
Although the Nets outshined Chicago on the offensive end in Game 1, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be able to carry that over into Monday night’s game.
Brooklyn ranked 17th in points per game during the regular season (96.9), so it’s quite possible for them come back to Monday night at the Barclays Center in Game 2.
For that to happen, however — especially without a healthy Noah and his team-leading 11.1 rebounds per game — Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer have to be able to pick up the defensive slack down low.