07:00 AM ET 04.22 | Bulls center Joakim Noah made a surprise start in Game 1, which on the surface would be a significantly positive development. In theory, Noah's high activity level clearly benefits the Bulls, but hampered by injury and suffering from a lack of timing resulting from limited practice time, an already-formidable matchup with Nets counterpart Brook Lopez, himself an Eastern Conference All-Star center, tilted in Brooklyn's favor in Game 1. ... Noah will start Monday's Game 2 -- "if he's healthy," Thibodeau added as a caveat -- and the coach insisted that Noah's presence, even while ailing, benefits the team. "He's a plus. I think we feed off what he can do defensively, and offensively he has a very unique skillset."