1. Push the pace: The Nets have been a plodding team all season, known for their slow pace and deliberate half-court offense. Against the depleted Bulls, running worked in Game 1. Look for Deron Williams to seek more fast-break opportunities and easy points in Game 2.

2. Protect the ball: Turnovers have been a big problem for the Nets all season, but Saturday they had only eight giveaways. With the Bulls desperate to win a game before the series shifts to Chicago this week, the Nets must continue to take care of the ball in Game 2.

3. Contain Noah: Bulls center Joakim Noah (right foot) is hurt. And he played like it Saturday night, as he struggled. But Noah is the emotional heart of the Bulls and has given the Nets problems all season. If he were to generate some momentum, it could change the course of the series. The Nets must make sure that doesn’t happen.