Luol Deng, who went to high school in New Jersey, made the Eastern Conference All-Star team this season and has been a huge reason why the Bulls have been able to contend in Derrick Rose's absence
When: 7:00 PM; Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Where: Barclays Center; Brooklyn, NY
As the Nets return from their two-and-a-half week cross-country road journey, two of their most important players finally return to the team's starting lineup. After missing five games since the Nets' loss on Saturday, March 23rd in LA vs the Clippers with heel and quad injuries, Joe Johnson is expected to play tonight alongside with Gerald Wallace, who missed Brooklyn's game yesterday, a win in Cleveland over the Cavaliers.
With the starting lineup fully intact for the first time in awhile, the Nets have a real interesting barometer game this evening against the Bulls, one of the Eastern Conference teams that is in a similar situation to what the Nets are in with regards to jockeying for position in the playoff race. However, Chicago is missing a bunch of its own guys too, as Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Marco "Net-killer" Belinelli, Rip Hamilton, and even Brooklyn native Taj Gibson are all either out or game-time decisions for Tom Thibodeau's team. It looks like the Nets are getting a break tonight.
CHI- Hinrich (PG), Butler (SG), Deng (SF), Boozer (PF), Mohammed (C)
BKN- Williams (PG), Johnson (SG), Wallace (SF), Evans (PF), Lopez (C)
A good chance for the Nets to get a statement win against another good playoff team. Big opportunity that shouldn't be wasted.