"You hope for the best, you plan for the worst," Thibodeau added. "The thing is, we don't want him out there until he's completely comfortable, and he's not comfortable yet. So that's part of what we expected and as long as he continues to work the way he has, I'm good with it."
Defending Rose is nice. What the Bulls really need to do is defend the Nets.
Brooklyn finished at nearly 56 percent shooting and had six players score in double figures. The Nets averaged only 87.5 points in four games against Chicago during the regular season, losing three of four, and interim coach P.J. Carlesimo knows he can't count on a repeat of what his team did Saturday.
"I think it's going to be, it'll be a war," he said after the game. "We got one game, which I'm not making light of at all. It's extremely significant, but we've got to find a way to get three more and I think each game will be different.
"If we can compete physically and defensively and take care of the ball the way we took care of the ball tonight, then we got a great shot."
In their first playoff appearance since 2007, the Nets clearly got a boost from a vibrant crowd in Brooklyn's first major postseason game since the 1956 World Series. Now the Nets will try for their first 2-0 lead in a series since sweeping the Knicks in the first round in 2004, and there may not be quite the same electricity in the building.
"Hopefully we can do the same thing the next night when it's not our first playoff game," Williams said.
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