P.J. Carlesimo

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.


Joakim Noah slaps the ball away from the Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams during Game 2 of their first-round NBA playoff series on April 22, 2013. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Throw Away Opportunity To Take Command Of Series

Pockets of empty seats at the Barclays Center. A healthy contingent of fans clad in the opponent’s colors. Was there supposed to be a playoff game in Brooklyn last night?


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Lichtenstein: Nets In The Black After Victory In Brooklyn Playoff Opener

The Brooklyn Nets certainly made the most of their first impression. The organization made sure to empty the playbook to christen the Barclays Center’s first-ever NBA playoff game.


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.


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.


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Lichtenstein: Nets Ace Pacers’ Test, Have More To Master Before Playoffs

Their final grade, however, will depend on whether the players and coaching staff learned from their mistakes and whether they can apply those lessons.


Reggie Evans (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Evans’ Continued Evolution Has Potential To Lift Nets

Reggie Evans is an example of superior will. At 32-years-old, he is the NBA’s ultimate survivor.


Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls shoots in the lane against the Brooklyn Nets on April 4, 2013, at the Barclays Center. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Brooklyn’s Home Court Not Much Of An Advantage For Nets

Sorry, Brooklyn. Despite all the platitudes flowing from the media related to the borough’s spirit following the move last summer from N.J., you haven’t made much of a dent on the outcomes.


Head coach P.J. Carlesimo of the Brooklyn Nets speaks with his players during a timeout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Road Trip Yields No Change To Nets’ Enigmatic Season

The Nets have little shot of moving up the Eastern Conference ladder.


Reggie Evans #30 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 27, 2013 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

20-20 Vision: Evans Has ‘Absurd’ 26 Rebounds, 22 Points In Nets’ Win

Reggie Evans finished with a career-high 26 rebounds and matched his career best with 22 points, and Brooklyn beat Portland 111-93 on Wednesday night.


Luis Scola #14 of the Phoenix Suns and Kris Humphries #43 of the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Fortunate To Avoid Burn From Lowly Suns

Despite being encouraged by the Nets’ inspired basketball in a 101-95 loss in Los Angeles, I just knew I was in for a letdown Sunday as the Nets invaded Phoenix.


Keith Bogans #10 of the Brooklyn Nets controls the ball against Wesley Johnson #2 of the Phoenix Suns on March 24, 2013 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Escape With 102-100 Victory Over Suns

One of the best games of Goran Dragic’s career still wasn’t enough for the Phoenix Suns.


Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets protects the ball from Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers during the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center on March 23, 2013.  (credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Fall As Clippers Continue Win Streak Against Eastern Conference

The Nets led most of the second quarter and a free throw put them up 48-47 at the break. The Nets tied it at 90-all on four straight points by Brook Lopez.


Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams drives against Mike James of the Dallas Mavericks on March 20, 2013 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Road-Warrior Nets Forging Tough, Physical Identity

A perilous eight-game swing west of Brooklyn? Forget those warnings of impending doom from both critics and fans — like me.


Head coach P.J. Carlesimo speaks with his players during a timeout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Nets Hit Road For Season-Defining Trip

17 days. Eight games. All on the road. Monday night starts the defining portion of the Nets’ schedule.