"It was no contest from the early going."... MORE →
DERON WILLIAMS PUT DOWN A DOUBLE-PUMP REVERSE DUNK. LET THAT SINK IN FOR A MOMENT. Deron Williams played the first half of the season with crippling pain in his ankles, dunked twice all year on rudimentary one-handed dunks, and DUNKED WITH TWO HANDS IN THE FIRST PLAYOFF GAME IN BROOKLYN.
Before that, played an excellent first half -- attacked the rim, found Lopez near the rim for easy buckets, shot well from inside and out, picked off a few steals -- one that led to THAT DOUBLE-PUMP REVERSE DUNK -- and looked like the maximum-contract point guard the Nets signed in July.
Had a quiet game, but they had no need for him to get loud -- hit open shots within the flow of the offense.
Did you ever think, after the last two months, that this place would chant "GERALD WALLACE" multiple times throughout the game? He picked a great time to have his best game in months. Attacking the rim, drawing fouls, playing solid defense, even hitting a three-pointer. Abused mismatches when the Bulls cross-switched on screens. Shut down Luol Deng. If the Nets had this kind of effectiveness from Gerald Wallace all season...
Scored the first points in Brooklyn playoff basketball history, and he was just getting started. If there were any playoff jitters, it didn't look like Lopez had them. Started phenomenally on both ends of the floor -- scoring through contact, playing smart man and help defense, drawing fouls, blocking shots, and putting up 19 points in the game-defining first half. If the Bulls have this Joakim Noah all series -- the hobbled, ineffective one -- this matchup may end quickly.
Mostly good in moderation Dray tonight. Had a good stretch in the third where he hit Carlos Boozer with the okie-doke and hit a 20-footer on successive possessions. The greatest show in sports rages on. Kudos to Carlesimo for seeing the advantage of him & Lopez on the floor together against a depleted Chicago frontline.
Evans may not be an offensive player, but he can score around the rim when he's not facing a shotblocker. He did just that tonight on two occasions, and rebounded with his normal maniacal ferocity.
JERRY STACKHOUSE ANGELED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BECAUSE SAYING HE ACED IT WOULD BE TOO MUCH OF A COMPLIMENT TO PLAYING CARDS. I DON'T CARE THAT HE AIRBALLED THREE SHOTS. KILLED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND THE NETS BLEW A TEAM OUT AND AIN'T NO WAY YOU CAN TELL ME THOSE TWO THINGS AREN'T CORRELATED. JERRY STACKHOUSE LISTENS TO GOSPEL BEFORE EVERY GAME SO HE CAN LAUGH AT THOSE LESS TALENTED. I'M SORRY YOU DIDN'T SCORE BUT THE TEAM DON'T CARE BECAUSE GAME ONE GOES TO BROOKLYN. AND I LIVE IN BROOKLYN. OH AND LOOK AT HIS GODDAMN SHOES. A+ FOR JERRY STACKHOUSE AKA CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP AKA THE HUMAN KEG STAND. I'M OUT.
Came up big against his former team. Played well, as is wont to do, when he functioned as a shooting guard.
This is the first two-handed dunk, the first reverse dunk, the first pump dunk, and the third dunk Deron Williams has thrown down all season.
There's your statement. Hello, Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Nets picked a hell of a time to have arguably their best half of the season. Fueled by Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, the Nets jumped out to a 60-35 lead after the first half of their first playoff game in Brooklyn.
Watch full highlights from the first half:
UPDATE:Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah WILL start despite fighting plantar fasciitis.
Brooklyn Nets: 105.0 offensive rating (9th), 103.6 defensive rating (18th), 91.23 possessions per game (28th)
Chicago Bulls: 100.4 offensive rating (24th), 100.3 defensive rating (5th), 91.97 possessions per game (27th)
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez (640 minutes, +4.4 per 100 possessions)
Chicago Bulls: Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah (46 minutes, -4.9 per 100 possessions)
Season Series: The Bulls won 3 of 4 games, with all but one matchup decided by four or fewer points. More on the series here.
Three things to look out for:... MORE →
Chicago Bulls starting center Joakim Noah is suited up and will try to play tonight in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets, according to Chicago Tribune journalist K.C. Johnson. Noah is battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot and has expressed displeasure in himself for playing through pain when he needed rest.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told Tim Bontemps of the New York Post that he'll evaluate Noah's pregame warmup before deciding his status, and that depending on how he looks he may start.
Noah, who was born in New York City, averaged a double-double this year and the Bulls were five points better per 100 possessions defensively with him on the court, but he'll be limited by the injury. If Noah is unable to play or start, Nazr Mohammed will still start in his place. Noah played just 14 minutes in each of his last two games, scoring a combined six points and grabbing a combined six rebounds in the time.
Star point guard Derrick Rose, who's status is uncertain for the playoffs, is out for Game 1 and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has said it's unlikely he'll play in the playoffs. The Nets have no major injuries.
It's a brand new season, and we've got a brand new game to play: The BK Playoff Game! Instead of relying on a streak, this game is points-based, and we'll have a new one for every round of the playoffs -- even if the Nets don't advance.
Here's how to play:
1. To make your prediction for each event, select "YES" or "NO." Instead of building a streak, you'll earn points for each correct pick, and riskier predictions earn more. (Note: you must log into Facebook to play.) There are three chances for every game, and if you pick incorrectly, you won't lose any points -- you just won't gain any.
For example: if you pick "YES" for "Brooklyn will beat Chicago by 5 or more points," and it happens, you'll win 4 points. If you pick "NO," and Brooklyn wins by four or fewer points or Chicago wins, you'll win 6 points.
2. The player with the most points in each round wins a trophy and cash prize. Follow game results on the leaderboard.
The players with the three highest point totals at the end of each round win a trophy and an Amazon Gift Card, and become part of The Brooklyn Game lore.
Read all rules for the contest here. Good luck!
So I know we're knee-deep in playoff mode right now, but this needed to be shared. Shawn Donnelly of Made Man caught up with Brooklyn Nets center and first-time All-Star Brook Lopez to talk about himself, being a twin, his love of Michael Jackson, his advice about talking to women, and his guess at what NBA basketball player has the best chance of breaking Wilt Chamberlain's *ahem* womanizing record. (Hint: it's a teammate.)... MORE →
In case you have been living under a rock, authorities apprehended the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Brooklyn Nets are playing the Bulls in the first round of the NBA Playoffs tonight at Barclays Center.
Shakespeare famously wrote, "What's Past is Prologue." For the less literary of our readership, or Knicks fans who have stumbled upon The Brooklyn Game, that means that the past sets the context for the present. In this spirit, let's take a quick look back at the season series between Chicago and Brooklyn, which the Bulls won 3-1.... MORE →