Kye Korver has slumped recently, but he earned forgiveness by picking up a loose ball for an offensive rebounding, running to the corner and knocking down a three to put the Bulls up by two, and ultimately win the game.
Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade went off against each other at the end of the game, and while Wade won the battle, Rose's team won the war.
Chris Bosh also managed to sum up the type of player he is in the post game interviews:
"C'mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen," Bosh said.
got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything
but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job."
was immediately frustrated with Asik, who has worked his way into coach
Tom Thibodeau's lineup mostly through hustle and fighting for loose
balls. Before he left the floor, Bosh shook hands with Asik but still
was salty about the play after the game.
"We all want to be
healthy and that is very important," said Bosh, who had 11 of his 17
points in the third quarter before the injury. "If it is by somebody's leg, don't dive for the ball, it's too close."
Yeah Chris, no one dives for loose balls once it's near someone's legs right? I think coach Ara Parseghian said it best:
You just summed up your entire sorry career here in one sentence! If you
had a tenth of the heart of Ruettiger, you'd have made All-American by
The win against the Heat may feel watered down to some, LeBron was out, and Bosh missed the end game. However, the Heat played their best ball in the end game when Wade went off with three straight threes. It's hard to imagine Bosh or LeBron at the end would have helped them any.
In the end, the Bulls got the win against a good team, and even without LeBron, the Heat are a good team. The Heat hung around in this game off of numerous bailout calls and drilling a crapload of threes preventing the Bulls from blowing them out.
While we didn't learn anything about how these teams will matchup in the playoffs, we did see Boozer struggle against Bosh and vice versa.
Bosh dominated the floor for a brief stretch while Wade sat with four fouls, but looked like a complete train wreck the rest of the game. Bulls fans were hoping that Boozer's physicality would give them an advantage at power forward, but that didn't really happen.
Boozer struggled with Bosh's length and couldn't get much going offensively. On the other hand, Bosh struggled with Boozer's physicality and was terrible outside of that small stretch of game.
Rose was up and down, but again gave the fans some elite moves to ooh and ahh about, splitting two double teams on the same play to come up with a phenomenal scooping layup.
He struggled with Miami's trap at times as they denied him the ball as much as possible and made him work through tons of coverage to get his shots off. They left Kurt Thomas alone and played a small quick lineup to hurt the Bulls.
Joakim Noah would have busted this defense as his passing, interior scoring and size would have dominated he hell out of that defensive unit, and his ability to still get out and defend those types of players and help on the inside would have made the difference.
Despite the defense, Rose still dominated the Heat offensively down the stretch largely matching Dwyane Wade. Rose also played well on the defensive end of the court blocking numerous shots and surprising players with his length.
Kurt Thomas knocked down the jumper
Kurt's too slow to help too much on offense, and the Heat frequently took advantage of him by cheating off of him, but he did his job this game knocking down all four of his shots, and even used a dribble move to go into a jumper once.
In once matchup he even drove to the basket and finished with a reverse around big Z, perhaps the only time this season Kurt will have the speed advantage on his defender.
Ronnie Brewer looked pretty good on Wade defensively.
Dwyane Wade absolutely went off at times, but those generally weren't the times when Ronnie was defending him. Brewer did a commendable job defending Wade which is nice going forward for us.
Keith Bogans played pretty well
We've been ripping him forever, but he knocked down a couple threes, moved the ball well, and played about as good a game as you can expect from him. Sadly, the best Bogans has to offer still isn't that great, but it was nice to see for one night.
Kyle Korver hit the only shot we care about
Sure, Korver's still slumping, and he missed some wide open shots. We expected Korver to knock down more threes than he did, and he missed some open ones quite badly.
His slump started from very high degree of difficulty shots, but the Bulls have adjusted to get him better looks and those aren't falling either. However, throwing all that aside, Korver did what shooters do.
With the game on the line, coming off a terrible night, he picked up a loose ball sprinted to the corner away from the defense and launched a three with no hesitation; nothing but net, Bulls win.
I liked the coaching in this game
Thibodeau did a nice job going small at the end of the game to free up Derrick Rose from the traps that were coming prior to that. He did a nice job moving players in and out and getting the Bulls the win.
This was a game of matchups and coaches going back and forth with different looks. The outcome could have gone either way, but I think the Heat were ultimately lucky to be in this game more so than the Bulls.
Yeah, LeBron was out, and this game doesn't give much confidence that the Bulls beat the Heat in a 7 game series when everyone is healthy, but it's a win, a big win, and helps push the Bulls forward in their quest to get a 2nd or 3rd seed.