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Game Two Eastern Conference First Round Nets vs. Bulls 4/22/13

Here are some notes for those fans getting ready to watch the Brooklyn Nets play host to the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round at the Barclays Center.

Barclays Center. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Barclays Center. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

If the Nets win it would mark the first time the Nets have won the first two games of a playoff series since 2004 when they swept the New York Knicks 4-0 in the first round. Brooklyn also have held the 2-0 advantage in five playoff series’ in franchise history-winning all five.

A victory would also mark the fourth time the Nets have won the opening two games of a playoff series at home, while also be the 11th series-opening win in franchise history (10-16 overall). A win would give Interim Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo his first two playoff victories in the same postseason since 1996 when he was with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Game 1 Notes:

The 106-89 victory over the Bulls in Game One was the first postseason win for the franchise since May 16, 2007. It was also the first postseason win in the Borough of Brooklyn since October 9, 1956 when the Dodgers beat the Yankees 1-0 in Game 6 of the World Series.

Brooklyn was also able to gain their first postseason victory over the Bulls in franchise history, while giving Interim Head Coach PJ Carlesimo first postseason win as a head coach since the 1997 playoffs.

The 106 points were the most the Nets have scored in regulation in the postseason since 4/17/04 versus the New York Knicks

Making an Impact:

In his playoff debut Brook Lopez continued his career-season with 21 points on 7-of-15 shootings, including 7-from the free throw line. Lopez also blocked a game-high three shots and grabbed five rebounds (three offensive boards).

Andray the Awesome:

Andray Blatche set postseason career-highs with 12 points and six made field goals (on just 1 shots ) and tied his playoff mark with one steal in 20 minutes of play.

CJ vs Chicago:

CJ Watson led the Brooklyn Bench with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting against his former team.

Probable Starters:


Alabama #45 • 6-7 • 220

14.0 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg

Last Game: Scored 14 points with three assists and two rebounds


Iowa #30 • 6-8 • 245

5.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 2.0 apg

Last Game: Grabbed a game-high 13 rbeounds with five points and two assists


Stanford #11 • 7-0 • 265

21.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 bpg

Last Game: Scored 21 points on 7-15 shooting with three blocks


Arkansas #7 • 6-7 • 240

16.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.0 rpg

Last Game: Scored 16 points with four rebounds and four assists


Illinois #8 • 6-3 • 209

22.0 ppg, 7.0 apg, 3.0 spg

Last Game: Scored a team-high 22 points (2-3 from deep) with seven assists and three steals

The Nets and Bulls game is set to air on the TNT Network, with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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