Nets vs. Bulls, Game 3: Pregame Primer

Deron Williams, Joakim Noah, Jerry Stackhouse, Brook Lopez
Game 3. (AP)

Deron Williams, Joakim Noah, Jerry Stackhouse, Brook Lopez
Game 3. (AP)

Tonight: The Brooklyn Nets travel to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls for Game 3 of the first round of the Eastern Conference 4-5 playoff series. The series is knotted at 1-1; the Nets won the first game in a 106-89 rout before dropping Game 2 90-82. The game is at 8:30 P.M. EST at United Center in Chicago.

Broadcast: The game is broadcast on WWOR/My9 and NBA TV, but is blacked out on NBA TV in the greater New York region. The game will be radiocast on WFAN 660 AM.

Injury Update: For Brooklyn, Joe Johnson is listed as a game-time decision after missing Wednesday’s practice with plantar fasciitis, but it appears he’s going to try to play. If he doesn’t, C.J. Watson will start. For Chicago, Joakim Noah (also battling plantar fasciitis) is scheduled to play 20-25 minutes after playing 25:39 on the same schedule Monday night. Derrick Rose, who has been out all season with a torn ACL, will continue that streak of inactivity.

Starting Lineups (projected):
Chicago Bulls: Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah (46 minutes, +/- -4.9 per 100 possessions; 27 minutes, -5.2 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; 30 minutes, -12.8 per 100 possessions in the playoffs)

Lineup note: The Nets’ starting five of Williams, Johnson, Wallace, Evans and Lopez was a -16 in 17 minutes last night, shooting just 4-23 from the field and committing eight turnovers.

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