The Chicago Bulls return to the United Center Thursday night to play host to the Brooklyn Nets when the two teams resume their best-of-7 series, which is currently tied at one game apiece.
Both teams are battling nagging injuries to key components of their team, as Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson and Chicago’s Joakim Noah are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Johnson is considered a game-time decision by Nets’ coach P.J. Carlesimo, while Noah will remain on a capped minutes-per-game schedule while dealing with the injury.
For the Bulls, shutting down a potent Nets’ offensive attack remains the game plan, led by top playoff scorer and rebounder, Carlos Boozer. Noah chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Bulls’ 90-82 Game #2 victory, which evened the series and helped Chicago steal home-court advantage from the Nets.
The Nets should feel confident going into the United Center Thursday night, as the Bulls posted a better road record than they did a home record during the regular season, and had the worst home winning percentage of any team in the 2013 NBA playoffs. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST, and will be broadcast on NBATV, the YES Network, and CSCH.