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Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets takes place in Game 2 of the NBA first round playoff series on Monday night. The Bulls disappointed in a big way in last week's Game 1, and they will be desperate to bounce back with a win here tonight. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
In Saturday's Game 1 the Nets destroyed the Bulls by a 106-89 scoreline. The Nets were consistently better all over the court, and the Bulls were only really competitive for spurts over small sections of the game.
Their poor start saw them fall behind by 25 points at halftime and basically meant the game was over early on. In the second half the Nets were able to just go into cruise control and see the game out.
The Bulls fans will be expecting a reaction tonight from that poor performance. However, they could have a tough time, as the Nets are playing for of their best basketball of the season right now, and would be a handful for any team in the NBA on their current form.
Brooklyn won six of its final seven to close out the regular season recording at least 100 points in each win.
Meanwhile, the Bulls got the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference by holding its opponents to less than 93 points per game, and could have trouble if they are forced to try and out score their opponents.
Piling the pressure on the Bulls, even though Joakim Noah started against the Nets in Game 1, he seemed to be affected by his right foot injury, and could struggle again tonight. Derrick Rose remains out and isn't expected to return in the playoffs.
"The thing is, we're disappointed," said Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau. "We played poorly and we have to change the mentality. We have to correct the mistakes. Brooklyn's a terrific team. They've been playing great down the stretch, they have good momentum going into the playoffs, they're going to challenge you and we have to be ready to respond."
Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on TNT. The game can also be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.