The Nets put together a nearly flawless performance in their 106-89 victory in Game 1 on Saturday, shooting a scorching 55.9 percent from the field. Deron Williams controlled the game from the outset, scoring 22 points and handing out seven assists in 35 minutes of action. Down low, Brook Lopez took advantage of the hobbled Joakim Noah and scored 21 points.
Noah's plantar fasciitis will be a storyline all series, as the Bulls' All-Star big man limped through 13 pain-filled minutes. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah was feeling "pretty good" on Sunday and expected him to play in Game 2. Kirk Hinrich is also expected to suit up after suffering a left thigh bruise. Hinrich was ineffective in Game 1, scoring just two points and handing out two assists in 28 minutes.
With Noah hurting, Chicago will need a better performance from their other All-Star, Luol Deng. Deng was severely outplayed by Gerald Wallace, who has struggled for much of the year, but scored 14 points on 5-of-7 attempts in Game 1. Deng had just six points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Game time: 8 p.m. ET
National TV: TNT
Local TV: WWOR-TV and Comcast Sports Net Chicago