Although they were crushed by nearly 20 points, the Bulls still have a few—definitely not a lot—advantages over their Brooklyn counterparts.
The Bulls are the better defensive team. During the regular season, they allowed 103.2 points per 100 possessions (sixth best in the league), while the Nets allowed 106.2 points (17th best).
Chicago has a chance to win the series despite an unremarkable Game 1 performance. Its usual sensational defense needs to return, and All-Star center Joakim Noah, who is battling plantar fasciitis, needs to get healthier really fast.
Here are a handful of advantages that the Derrick Rose-less Bulls have over Deron Williams and the Nets.