Nets-Bulls, Game 4: Pregame Primer (Joe Johnson IS playing)

Carlos Boozer
Game 4. (AP)
Carlos Boozer
Game 4. (AP)

Today: After dropping Game 3 in Chicago 79-76, the Brooklyn Nets take on the Chicago Bulls once more on the road, facing them at the United Center at 2:00 P.M. EST. The Nets fell behind by as much as 15 in the second half, but rallied to within one possession before C.J. Watson airballed a potential game-tying three as time expired. The Nets are down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Broadcast: The game is broadcast on WWOR/My9 and TNT. The game will be radiocast on The Answer 970 AM and WQBU 92.7 FM.

Injury Update: Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) is expected to be on a 20-25 minute limit again after playing 25 and 27 minutes in the first two games. Joe Johnson (also plantar fasciitis) is playing.

Starting Lineups (projected):
Chicago Bulls: Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah (46 minutes, +/- -4.9 per 100 possessions; 47 minutes, -14.9 per 100 possessions in the playoffs)
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez (640 minutes, +/- +4.4 per 100 possessions; 51 minutes, -8.2 per 100 possessions in the playoffs)

Lineup note: Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo has said that he will not change the starting lineup, but may go to a more offensive-minded lineup earlier if the Reggie Evans/Gerald Wallace combo proves too much of an offensive dearth.

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