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

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau watches thttp://cbsnewyork.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=650088&action=editape of the Nets and sees a confident team with an offense in rhythm.

And he doesn’t mean just Saturday.

The Nets picked apart Thibodeau’s defense in Game 1, rolling to a 106-89 victory. And when the teams return to Barclays Center on Monday night for Game 2, the Bulls will have to slow down a team that finished the regular season well and opened the playoffs even better.

“We’re catching a team that’s in rhythm and we’re going to have to re-establish ourselves,” Thibodeau said Sunday.

The opener was close for only the first few minutes. The Nets began pulling away late in the first quarter, then made 16 of 20 shots in the second, shooting 60 percent in the first half and opening a 60-35 lead.

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