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Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls grabs Andray Blatche of the Brooklyn Nets as Nate Robinson hits the floor in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Blatche, Nets Give Bulls Bad Medicine, Force Game 7

Now both Brooklyn and Chicago face do-or-die scenarios, and you would think that the Nets should have the momentum.

05/03/2013

The Bulls’ Joakim Noah, right, stuffs the Nets’ Brook Lopez to force a jump ball during Game 6 of the teams’ Eastern Conference series on May 2, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Gritty Nets Turn Bulls Back Repeatedly, Force Game 7 Saturday

Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets again avoided elimination, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls 95-92 Thursday to tie their first-round series at 3.

05/03/2013

Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche of the Brooklyn Nets high-five during their Game 5 win over Chicago. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andray Blatche: ‘No Doubt,’ Nets Better Than Bulls

Despite being in a 3-2 hole against the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets insist they are the team to beat in this best-of-seven series.

05/02/2013

Joe Johnson and Andray Blatche of the Brooklyn Nets high-five during their Game 5 win over Chicago. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: No Deja Vu In Brooklyn; Nets Close Deal, Stave Off Elimination

Though I’ve got to stick with my Bulls in six prediction, maybe the Nets have finally figured out how to close games. I’d give almost anything to be wrong.

04/30/2013

The Nets’ Kris Humphries, left, and the Bulls’ Marco Belinelli fight for a rebound during Game 5 of the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on April 29 at the Barclays Center.  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Blatche, Wallace Take Over Late As Nets Rip Bulls To Force Game 6

Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Chicago 110-91 on Monday night, cutting the Bulls’ lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.

04/30/2013

P.J. Carlesimo, Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Bulls Comeback Puts Nets, Carlesimo On Brink

Do you think Carlesimo should return to the Nets in 2013-14?

04/28/2013

Joe Johnson of the Nets. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Nets Lose Game 4 Heartbreaker To Bulls In Triple OT, Bulls Take 3-1 Series Lead

Joe Johnson’s inspiration wasn’t enough as the Brooklyn Nets lost Game 4 in triple OT. The Bulls take a 3-1 series lead.

04/27/2013

Nets GM Billy King (credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Extend King? Now? Let’s Get Real, Nets Still Have Series To Win

Give me $330 million to spend on contracts and I can piece together a pretty good team, too. And why knight King before the Bulls are slain?

04/26/2013

P.J. Carlesimo, Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Nets Lose Heartbreaker To Bulls In Game 3; Chicago Leads Series 2-1

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Nets lost 79-76 to the Bulls in Game 3. The Bulls are now up 2-1 in the series.

04/26/2013

Mazr Mohammed (48) and teammate Jimmy Butler (21) cover Deron Williams (8). (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Bulls Will Focus On Keeping Deron Williams In Check As Series Shifts To Chicago

When the series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Thursday, all eyes will be on Williams, who will have not only the ball but the entire complexion of the series in his hands.

04/24/2013

Deron Williams drives to the hoop against the Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Deron, Nets Taking ‘Must-Win’ Mentality Into Game 2 Vs. Bulls

“Now they probably feel like they’ve got their back against the wall and that’s how we’ve got to play,” Deron Williams said.

04/22/2013

C.J. Watson #1 of the Brooklyn Nets drives against Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Playoff Preview — Bad Matchup With Bulls Will Send Nets Home In 6

Strategically speaking, I can’t imagine a worse matchup — outside of Miami — for the Nets, who lost three of four to Chicago during the regular season.

04/18/2013

Detroit’s Greg Monroe, center, vies with Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace, left, and Brook Lopez during their NBA game at the Barclays Center on April 17, 2013. ( TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Nets Finish With Win, To Open Playoffs At Home Against Bulls On Saturday

Brook Lopez scored 20 points and reserve Andray Blatche added 15 as the playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets held off the Detroit Pistons 103-99 on Wednesday night.

04/18/2013

Gerald Wallace (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: 4 Unresolved Issues Ahead Of Brooklyn’s Playoff Debut

The time for experimenting is over. P.J. Carlesimo has to play his best guys for as long as they can go.

04/16/2013

Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets reacts on the bench against the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena on March 30, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Memo To P.J. — Give Nets’ Core The Night Off!

At 46-32, many in the media are calling the Nets a dangerous team. Now if they can only get there en masse.

04/11/2013

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