To say this first season in Brooklyn has been an eventful one for the Nets is an understatement. But after all of the ups and downs — and there have been plenty — they have a chance to cap a comeback from a 3-1 deficit in their first-round playoff series against the Bulls with a win in Game 7 at Barclays Center tonight. After everything his team has gone through, interim coach P.J. Carlesimo thinks the Nets are more than up to the task. “I’ve got a ton of confidence in these guys,” Carlesimo said yesterday. “They’ve been resilient all year, and stepped up many, many times when people didn’t think we could step up. “We’ve played well on the road, we’ve beaten a lot of the better teams in the league and the reward for the way we played in the regular season is this Game 7 in the first round is in our own building. I’m just very confident our guys are going to take advantage of the opportunity and continue to do what they’ve done all year.” As they have throughout the series, the Bulls are expected to come into tonight’s game with a significantly depleted roster, led by the likely absence of Luol Deng for a second straight game. Deng, who led the NBA in minutes played this season, was sent home from the arena before Game 6 Thursday night in Chicago after suffering from the after-effects of a spinal tap Wednesday to test for meningitis. Deng wrote on Twitter yesterday he was back in the hospital after his symptoms got worse, and he may not even make it to Brooklyn for the game — let alone get back on the floor and play.
Deng may sit Game 7 vs. Nets
New York Post | May 4