An inside look at the Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls First Round playoff series.
[caption id="attachment_15740" align="aligncenter" width="590"]
Photo Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports[/caption]
The Nets take on the defensive-minded Bulls in this first-round match up. Not an easy series by any stretch of imagination, so will the Nets be able to pull enough wins out of the hat and head into the second round of the playoffs?
Big bucks, big contracts and big player names. The Brooklyn Nets were built for success and they've delivered somewhat by emerging as the fourth-seed. The one thing you would notice immediately, is the size advantage their lineup presents.
Joe Johnson, who stands at 6 ft 8 inches is playing at the two spot (shooting guard), presenting an absolute mismatch for most teams.
Add a tough interior with Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans, Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez and an elite point guard returning to top form in Deron Williams, it makes the Nets set to make an impact.
The Bulls trudged to the finish line this season and clinched a playoff berth, only to realise recuperating star Derrick Rose would likely sit out this post-season. Without their All-Star point guard, Chicago’s post-season hopes take a legitimate hit.
The Bulls however, still are a well-honed threat with coach Thibodeau’s scrappy defensive system. Luol Deng’s leadership and the emergence of sophomore Jimmy Butler as an energetic piece in the starting lineup will certainly help for the playoffs.
Are the Bulls the underdog in this series? Definitely. Could they still win this round? It all hinges on Bulls center Joakim Noah’s health. Hampered with plantar fasciitis, the center’s mobility would be a huge factor in containing the Nets’ interior onslaught.
Could point guard Nate Robinson hit enough big shots for the Bulls and win them a game, the way he did during his tenure with the Boston Celtics in the “Shrek and Donkey” game with Glen Davis?
What do you think of this series, will the Bulls be able to pull a scrappy win out over the Nets? Let us know what you think.