Bulls 79, Nets 76: Chicago Wins Ugly

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Immediately came out more engaged than in Game 2 but didn’t have that energy throughout the game, nor did his teammates share that energy.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Hit some shots and didn’t look like he was the victim of plantar fasciitis but holy offense on a stick the one-on-one isolations for long stretches are just not going to work against a defense like Chicago, and 30-foot threes are not effective offense.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Made a layup, airballed a layup. Missed back-to-back threes to end the first quarter, made a buzzer-beater at the half. Goaded Luol Deng into mostly inefficient jumpers, Deng knocked so many of them down.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

His shining moment: getting posterized by Taj Gibson. WOOOooooooOOoo.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Was impressed early by his ability to get low position against Noah and had a historic night (22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 blocks is not something you see often) but for the second straight game the Nets needed someone else to be their best player, and it wasn’t him. Kind of wish they’d gone to him more down the stretch.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

So many quintessential Dray moments tonight I just don’t know where to start. Maybe passing on an open jumper, dribbling twice, and shooting a contested fadeaway. Or dribble-driving head-first into Joakim Noah to shoot another off-balance fadeaway.

Keith Bogans SHOOTING GUARD

This isn’t a real grade (B for Bogans!) and I’m sure we’ll find an answer soon, but… um… where was he?

MarShon Brooks SHOOTING GUARD

A lot of people were calling to see Brooks earlier tonight. But when he did get in the game, he did almost nothing outside of a late floater to cut the Bulls lead to 77-72.

Reggie Evans POWER FORWARD

So maybe letting Carlos Boozer shoot wasn’t the greatest idea. But there was one worse: letting Reggie Evans shoot. Twice. From outside of 15 feet.

C.J. Watson POINT GUARD

His worst game of the series so far and airballed the potential game-tying three at the end of regulation.

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