Originally written on HoopStuff  |  Last updated 11/18/14
In the playoff preview section, I wrote that the Chicago Bulls must do three things to win their series against the Nets, stop one or both of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, win on the boards and find enough ways to score. They failed in every regard in game 1, but in games 2 and 3, they have done enough in each area to take an impressive 2-1 series lead. In game 1, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez combined for 43 points on 16 of 30 shooting and the Bulls had no answer for either of them, as they tore right through the Bulls’ elite defense. However in the 2 games since, Williams has only averaged 13 points and has shot 6-23. Meanwhile, Brook Lopez has continued to dominate the Bulls inside, but they just needed to stop one part of their two headed monster to win the series and in games 2 and 3, they have done just that. When it comes to rebounding the ball, few teams are better than the Bulls, but in game 1, they were -4 to the Nets in rebounding differential and in games 2 and 3 they...
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