The Brooklyn Nets look to climb back into the series tonight as the scene shifts to Chicago for a do or die Game 6. The Nets looked like a team on the ropes, following a demoralizing Game 4 loss to the Bulls, before securing a 110-91 victory at the Barclays Center on Monday night to extend the series. The Chicago Bulls will look to collect themselves for Game 6 as they try to avoid a decisive seventh game at Brooklyn on Saturday.
The most daunting task for Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets will be to find a way to win in the United Center—something they have not been able to do all season. The Nets lost both regular season matchups in the United Center, as well as games 3 and 4 of this series.
Only eight teams in NBA history have been able to overcome a 3-1 deficit, and the odds that the Nets would add to that number seemed slim at best after a Game 4 in which the Nets blew a 14 point lead in the closing minutes of regulation and lost 142-134 to the Bulls in triple overtime.
What to Watch For
Chicago Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich may miss his second straight game with a bruised left calf. The veteran guard did not practice Wednesday, and neither he nor head coach Tom Thibodeau would say much regarding his status for Game 6. After practice on Wednesday, Hinrich hardly looked like a player who was about ready to suit up, even though he said he has seen some improvement.
If Hinrich is not ready to go in Game 6, look for the Bulls to lean on Nate Robinson to run the offense. Without Hinrich in the lineup for Game 5 Robinson scored 20 Points on 9-of-19 shooting, and also added eight assists. Although Robinson’s Game 5 numbers were respectable the offense seemed to sputter without Hinrich, who is much better at setting up his teammates than Robinson.
If the Nets can find a way to pull out a win in Chicago tonight, it will set up a Game 7 at the Barclays Center on Saturday.
Schedule (Chicago Leads 3-2)
Game 1 – Nets 106 Bulls 89
Game 2 – Bulls 90 Nets 82
Game 3 – Bulls 79 Nets 76
Game 4 – Bulls 142 Nets 134 (3OT)
Game 5 – Nets 110 Bulls 91
Game 6 – Thursday May 2 8pm TNT
Game 7 * Saturday May 4, TBD
The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls have played eight playoff games.
Chicago leads the all-time series, 6-2.
Longest Winning Streak by Nets: 1 game
Longest Winning Streak by Bulls: 3 games
Most Points Scored by Nets: 134 (April 27, 2013)
Most Points Scored by Celtics: 142 (April 27, 2013)
Largest Margin of Victory by Nets: +19 (April 29, 2013)
Largest Margin of Victory by Bulls: +15 (April 29, 1998)