The Chicago Bulls opened their playoffs tonight in Brooklyn as they took on the Brooklyn Nets, but someone seems to have forgotten to tell them that. The Bulls came out flat and got smacked down in the first half, and even a promising second half couldn’t do more than improve the situation. The Nets won, 106-89.
The only bright spots for the Bulls were Carlos Boozer, who slapped up 25/8/4 on 60 percent shooting, and Nate Robinson, who scored 17 points in 20 minutes, even though much of that was in garbage time. Then again, the whole game was pretty much garbage time.
The good news is that there are still more games to be played. A game one win — no matter how convincing — does not mean a series win. Just ask the 2010-11 Bulls. The bad news is that while Joakim Noah did play, despite indications to the contrary on Friday, he was really not himself for much of the game and appeared to aggravate his plantar fasciitis on a few occasions. No word on his availability going forward, but odds are not good that the Bulls will be able to survive his loss. Kirk Hinrich also got hurt, but that’s not exactly news, nor is it the end of the world.
Game two will take place Monday at 7 p.m. CST in Brooklyn. The game will be on NBATV.