Gerald Wallace had to let it out.
As a reporter asked Wallace about his two first-quarter fouls Monday, the latter of which seemed like a clean block, Wallace interrupted and didn't hold back.
"That's some bull, man," Wallace said.
Wallace was not pleased with the two foul calls that slowed him down after a strong start in Monday's 90-82 loss. Wallace had two points and two rebounds in the first 7:24 before he picked up the second foul and sat the rest of the half. He added just one rebound the rest of the way.
"I think that kind of took me mentally out of my zone," Wallace said. "I think I let that get to me more than it should have got to me. I was frustrated. I felt like [the second one] was a good block. They said it was too much contact. I held on to it a little longer than I should and it kind of took me out of my game."
With the Nets trailing 10-6 in the first, Chicago's Jimmy Butler drove to the lane and was met by Wallace, who attempted to swat the shot. While replays showed Wallace had a clean block, the referee called Wallace for a foul, his second.
Wallace went to the bench with 4:36 left in the first quarter and didn't return until the third. The forward played just 19:24, sitting the entire second and fourth quarters, and had little effect on the game. While he never blamed the referees, Wallace said twice that the calls went for the Bulls.
"They were aggressive ones, so they got the calls," Wallace said. "Ain't nothing we can do about that. Adjust and be ready for Game 3."
JOE'S ROUGH NIGHT: Joe Johnson couldn't find his groove Monday night.
The shooting guard had a rough Game 2, scoring 17 points but shooting just 6-for-18. He started hot, scoring seven in the first quarter, but then put up zeros in the second and third as he went a combined 0-for-5.
Despite a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth, he went just 3-for-8 in the final stanza.
"It happens, man," Johnson said of his night.
Johnson had a chance to put a real scare into the Bulls but missed a critical 3-pointer late in the game. After burying two consecutive 3-pointers to help the Nets pull to 80-76, Johnson missed an open 3-pointer with 3:45 left. The Nets never managed to get it within one basket after Johnson's miss.
"I felt like the 3-pointer was good when it left my hand," Johnson said.
NOAH DIFFERENCE: Double the minutes for Joakim Noah meant double the trouble for the Nets.
After Noah had a rather quiet Game 1, the Bulls center made a difference in Game 2 by scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He had four critical offensive rebounds and his layup with 1:58 left put the Bulls up 86-78.
"Noah is a big part of their team," Nets forward Keith Bogans said. "He clogs that middle up. He blocks shots. He's active. He did his job tonight. He helped."
BROOK SHOWS UP: As Johnson and Deron Williams came up small Monday, center Brook Lopez once again had an outstanding game, scoring 21 points and adding five rebounds. He's the only player in the series to score 20 points in each game.
"I think that just attributes to playing with D-Will, playing with Joe," Lopez said of his play. "Guys who can get me the ball and who get doubled, so they have to find the open guy."