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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls, 1:00 PM EST

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Scary Hours are here. Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant are ready to take the court together just as we head into the playoffs.

Let’s go.

Brooklyn welcomes the Chicago Bulls, who are just playing out the rest of the regular season, as a gear-up game for the playoffs.

The Nets remain a game in front of the Bucks, sitting in second place in the East. Getting reps in for a finally healthy squad is a good thing, win or lose. But, yeah, the should absolutely win this game - pretty handily.

Join us after the game for a live chat on Clubhouse:

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (46-24) vs. Chicago Bulls (30-40)

WHEN: 1:00 PM EST

WHERE: YES (tv), WFAN (radio)

Game Preview.

The Nets lost the first game to the Bulls, then beat them last week with only a little scare at the end. Of course, a lot has changed since then. The Bulls, as noted, are out of the play-in tournament and the 76ers have clinched the first seed in the East, leaving Brooklyn and Milwaukee in competition for the second seed with the Nets a game up. And of course, the Nets are healthier than they have been in months.

The big draw and the big deal Saturday is the return of the “Big Three.” As every Nets fan knows, and every pundit will tell them if you don’t, the superstar trio has only played seven games together this season, a total of 186 minutes. Talk about your small samples!

Moreover, the last time they were on the court together was the day before Valentine’s Day and 10 days before the first fans were permitted inside Barclays Center. At that point 1) Nic Claxton still hadn’t played his first game of the season; 2) Blake Griffin was still playing in Detroit; 3) Mike James was still playing for CSKA Moscow and 4) Alize Johnson was in the G League. In other words, it’s been a long time.

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