Game 1 report card and tonight's prospectus.
Shandon Anderson B -
Played with typical energy on Wednesday but was no match defensively for Michael. Ability to create mismatch against Bulls should earn him more minutes.
Antoine Carr D
Nondescript minutes and points in Game 1. May lose PT to Greg Ostertag.
Howard Eisley A
What more can you ask of your backup point guard? Eight points, six assists in 23 minutes of work in Game 1. Can you say "repeat performance?"
Greg Foster C
Saw only limited time on Wednesday. Friday's minutes will give better indication what his role will be during the series.
Jeff Hornacek C
Dismal Game 1 shooting performance (2-of-10) but did reasonable defensive job on Jordan. Are his wheels bad? Bulls say they plan to test-drive him.
Adam Keefe I
Grudgingly accepting role of high-paid cheerleader. If justice prevails, he'll get an opportunity to show his stuff before series wraps up.
Karl Malone B -
Misdelivered too many shots in opener, although his two hoops to close out regulation were huge. Bank this: He won't play two bad games in a row.
Chris Morris A -
Earning his paycheck with 6 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes of play Wednesday.
Greg Ostertag B+
Did what the big fella is supposed to do in Game 1: He rebounded and disrupted the Bulls offense during his 17 minutes. May steal a few minutes from Foster and Carr as series goes deeper.
Bryon Russell B
Scoreless (0-4) from behind the arc in Wednesday's win but still managed 15 points, despite taking Jordan defensively for several shifts. Look for more of the same.
John Stockton A
Future Hall-of-Famer at work. Simply refused to let Jazz lose Game 1. Similar heroics on Friday is expecting too much.
Jacque Vaughn I
Another playoff DNP Wednesday. Will double his pleasure, double his fun on Friday.