The standing around is over. The Chicago Bulls are ready to run.

They spent the last two days in the shadow of a 1-0 deficit in the NBA Finals, two days of preparing to even the score and considering the dire consequences if they don't.Los Angeles' James Worthy, recovering from an ankle injury, may be the only player who welcomed the long break between Sunday's 93-91 victory and tonight's second game.

"These guys had too long to think about" the loss, Bulls coach Phil Jackson said. "We've had too much time to coach."

"I'd much rather have played today," Chicago's Michael Jordan said Tuesday.

His Laker rival in this superstar series, Magic Johnson, also was eager to return to the enemy's court where he directed his team to victory with poise and precision.

"You'd always rather be playing than sitting around," he said Tuesday. "We'll be happy because we're playing and you (reporters) will be happy because you'll have something to write about and you won't have to keep asking us the same questions over and over."

Questions like:

- Where did the Bulls' running game go?

- And, can they win the series if they lose the first two games at home with the next three on the road?

With outstanding open court players like Jordan and Scottie Pippen and strong spot-up shooters like John Paxson, the Bulls are best when the pace is quick.

The Lakers, a fastbreak team in the 1980s when they won five titles, have switched to a slower pace. They controlled the tempo in the opener of the best-of-7 series, using a deliberate post-up attack.

"We want them to take long outside shots," Chicago's Horace Grant said. "Hopefully, we'll get the rebound and get the ball to Michael, John or Scottie to push it up against their transition defense."

"If Magic has the ball in his hands, he's great at doing what he wants and getting it to people who can score," Paxson said. "Maybe we'll press a little bit more and try to make other (Lakers) make decisions on the run and get it more of a frenetic pace."

"That (fastbreak) game suits them, so we'd rather not get into it," Johnson said. "But we can still play that way, too, if we have to."

Chicago lost the opener by just two points. Had Sam Perkins' 3-pointer not gone in with 14 seconds left, the Bulls would have been ahead by two. Had Jordan's open jumper with 4.9 seconds to go dropped through, they would have been up by one.

It was a back-and-forth battle that neither team dominated for long.

"I don't think there was anything wrong with our game Sunday except they stopped the clock a little bit too early," Jackson said.

The Bulls said they can run better if they improve on the defensive boards, creating turnovers and playing tighter defense that forces the Lakers to put up low percentage outside shots.

Chicago players said they must improve their low-post defense against Worthy and Perkins. They drew single coverage there for most of the first game and led Los Angeles with 22 points each.

"We will definitely double-team some," Grant said, "make them give the ball up more."When they can't run, the Bulls plan to rely more on their own low-post game. Grant and Cartwright, the players who would fill those spots on the floor, each scored just six points on 3-of-8 shooting in the opener.

"We've got to go down low to guys like Bill (Cartwright) and Horace," Pippen said. "We never established our inside game."

Chicago, which had its NBA record 15-game home playoff winning streak broken Sunday, is in danger of becoming the first team to lose the first two games at home in the Finals.

The Lakers gained the homecourt advantage by winning the first game.

"You always want it," Grant said, "but then the Lakers proved by winning the first game that it doesn't really matter."

"The nucleus of the team, the core of us, knows what to expect," said Worthy, who played 45 minutes in the opener and didn't seem hobbled by his injury. "We try to use the hostile crowd as an incentive. The situation is not foreign to us."

In the regular season, Chicago had the NBA's second-best road record at 26-15, and Los Angeles was third at 25-16. In the playoffs, Chicago is 4-1 on the road, while Los Angeles is 5-2.

"The pressure is on us to win Game 2," Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We're playing against a big road team. We can't take a chance on winning three games in a row in LA."

The pressure is greater on the Bulls, although they claim they got over the first-game jitters.

"There's no panic for us," Pippen said. "We need to go out and relax and play natural basketball."