Joakim Noah can barely walk due to the case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. But it was the Nets who limped out of Barclays Center last night. The Bulls All-Star center outworked the Nets at both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter, leading the Bulls to a 90-82 Game 2 victory over the Nets in front of a sellout crowd of 17,732 and evening the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. “I was just trying to find a way,” Noah said. “Just trying to find a way.” That’s exactly what the Nets were unable to do, and after a dominant effort in virtually all phases of play in the opening game of the series Saturday night, the Nets gave away a golden opportunity to take control of the series on their home floor. “We said we needed to come out and play the same way, and play with the same desperation, but we didn’t,” said Deron Williams, who went 1-for-9 from the field and finished with eight points. “I think they did, and we didn’t. “We just have to try to go win one in Chicago. This series isn’t over.” It’s far from over, after the Nets ruined any chance they had of taking a 2-0 lead to Thursday night’s Game 3 in the Windy City by shooting like they were playing outdoors in a hurricane. The Nets shot a dreadful 35.4 percent from the field, including 19 percent (4-for-21) from 3-point range, and committed 12 turnovers that led to 16 Bulls points. Those shooting numbers included a dismal 2-for-19 performance in the third quarter, as the Nets saw themselves go from down one at halftime to down 12 heading into the fourth quarter, digging themselves a hole they were never able to recover from.
Nets sunk by Noah’s spark as Chicago evens 1st-round series
New York Post | Apr 23