More from Game 3
Bulls were terrible at the start (17-5) and finish (14-2), but dominated the middle to win 79-76 and go up 2-1 in the series...
--The New York Post reported that Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson had a cortisone shot in his foot just before game time. He said otherwise, he wouldn't have been able to play due to plantar fasciitis.
--Tom Thibodeau gets heat for playing guys big minutes. Johnson played 41 minutes for the Nets on Thursday. He seemed to play his normal game -- 6-for-14, 15 points, 3 assists.
--Beyond the Big Three of Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, Brooklyn's supporting cast combined to hit 9 of 37 shots (24.3 percent). At one point, Reggie Evans lined up to attempt a wide open jumper and Joakim Noah backed up to box out instead of challenging the shot. It missed, of course.
--Former Bulls guard C.J. Watson was good in the first two games, but hit 1 of 8 shots on Thursday, including the potential tying 3-pointer from the corner, which missed the rim as time expired. Noah ran out to contest the shot, but wasn't that close. This was one of 4 airballs from 3-point land from the Nets (by my count).
--Lopez finished with 7 blocked shots.
--There's a quick turnaround before Game 4 on Saturday at 1 p.m. “We’re in a position we want to be in, but next game is huge," Luol Deng said. "If they win the next game we’re back to square one. So the next game is really important for us to take care of home court and it’s going to come fast."
--According to Bulls radio stat guru Jeff Mangurten, in the last 13 Bulls playoff series that were tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 won the series.