Only a few weeks ago, Gerald Wallace’s confidence in his offensive abilities reached an all-time low. So heading into the playoffs, he decided to pare down his thinking.

His strategy would be simple: Attack.

It worked out perfectly in Game 1 against the Bulls, and the results were troubling for Chicago — and any other NBA team that might have to stop the Nets’ offense.

Wallace found an offensive rhythm for the first time in nearly a month, scoring 14 points and helping the Nets coast in the opening salvo of their first-round series.

"My main thing was just be more aggressive, trying to put more pressure on [Chicago’s] defense," Wallace said. "Force them into situations where they’ve got to guard. They probably didn’t see that in the first four games we played them, so it’s probably something new to them and forced them to do something they didn’t want to do defensively."

Wallace won’t ever be the top priority for an opposing defense, not with a Nets’ lineup that features weapons such as Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez. But in recent months, he became virtually irrelevant to opposing defenses.

Late in the regular season, Wallace admitted to the New York Post that his confidence was "totally gone" and that he didn’t want to shoot the ball because he didn’t want to miss and be taken out of the game. Those are not exactly reassuring words from the 30-year-old forward, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal last summer.