MVP (Most Valuable Player): Deron Williams looked great carving up any defender the Bulls put on him, tallying 22 points (9-15 from the field), seven assists and three steals. Williams had an impressive second half to the season, and if this is how he is going to play in the series the Bulls are in deep, deep trouble.
LVP (Least Valuable Player): This could really go to every single player on the Bulls with the exception of Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson, but Luol Deng was especially bad. Deng went 3-11 to score just six points. With Joakim Noah hobbled and Derrick Rose out, Deng needed to step up and he didn’t. Also, Rip Hamilton looked absolutely dreadful in seven minutes of action…which is why he played just seven minutes.
Defining Moment: Late in the third quarter, Deron Williams stole the ball from Luol Deng and took it the other way for an emphatic reverse dunk. The game was over before then (the Bulls were down 25 at that point), but that put the cap on a terrible game for Chicago.
X factor: The Nets had 40 points in the paint in the first half. The Bulls had 35 total points in the first half. If that doesn’t explain the game, I don’t know what does.
That Was … awful: The only positive that could come out of this is that maybe it was rock bottom. Tom Thibodeau will rip into the Bulls, showing them everything they did wrong on the defensive end (which could potentially take a week). Hopefully they can sure some of the leaks up, find a tiny amount of offense and come back and make this a series.