There were two versions of Deron Williams this season, and the Chicago Bulls know they need to be playing the first one.
Slumping before the All-Star break and surging after, Williams turned the Brooklyn Nets into a powerful offense down the stretch with precision play that continued right through Game 1 of the playoffs.
The Bulls probably can't beat the Nets four times if the two-time Olympic point guard is rolling.
But when they defend the way they did in Game 2, making him look like the guy who battled leg pain into February, they love their chances.
So when the series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Thursday, all eyes will be on Williams, who will have not only the ball but the entire complexion of the series in his hands.
The Bulls will make him the focus of their defense. Just don't ask coach Tom Thibodeau to tell you what they will do.
''The thing is, he's such a smart player,'' Thibodeau said. ''I don't think you can give him a steady diet of anything, so try to give h...