NBA Playoffs: Kirk Hinrich Unspoken Key to Chicago Bulls Game 2 Victory Over Brooklyn Nets

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By Andre Herring (@AndreHerringIII)

Apr 20, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) fouls Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the third quarter of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn won106-89. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

After losing big to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 106-89 the Chicago Bulls bounced back in a major in Game 2, winning 90-82 to even the series 1-1. And while many people will praise Bulls All-Star Center Joakim Noah as the reason for this, I offer a different Player Of The Game.

Looking a step slow on defense and passive on offense, the Bulls came out with a clear since of urgency from the opening tip of Game 2. Getting back to basics of what they do, the Bulls were physical, aggressive and active.

This activity didn’t show up so much in areas most fans would look for. The Bulls didn’t have a ton of steals (six) or force the Nets into a ton of turnovers (12). The Bulls played swarming man to man defense and contested as many shots as the could.

It prevented the Nets to convert lay ups, dunks and open jump shots. After shooting 55.8 % from the floor in game 1, the Bulls held the Nets to 35.4 % from the field in game 2.

The Bulls frontline was solid as usual with it three starters of Deng, Boozer & Noah posting double-doubles (Deng 16pts/10reb, Boozer 13pts/12rebs, Noah 11pts/10rebs). Noah in particular was able to impact the game in a major way.

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