Bulls defeat Heat as Korver totally redeems himself

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.

"You've
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."

Bosh
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
now!

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. 

Final thoughts

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.

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  • we're only 1 game back in the loss column.

  • Nice summary...
    1)Bosh is rightfully getting skewered. Last I looked there were over 800 comments on the ESPN report on Bosh's statement. Almost entirely critical of Bosh.
    2)Agreed that Noah would have made a huge difference last night. Many of the Heat's defensive schemes would have been obliterated by Noah. It was apparent that there's no one that can match up with him on the Heat. I think Noah could make as much of a difference as Lebron. What would Lebron have done, hit more 3's. Probably Noah and Lebron would have scored more at the basket, but defensively Noah would have been more helpful and our SF didn't create much offense any how.
    3)Thibs did the right thing pulling Boozer defensively when Bosh started scoring. Gibson did a much better job and playing CJ with Rose in the 2nd half.
    4)Dang on Wade was a huge mistake. He was worn out and mis-matched. At least Thibs corrected it and didn't stay stubborn.
    5) Korver said that his 3 was the first open shot he's had in a month. That says a lot.
    6) The Bulls didn't play as well as they could. Again they kinda played to the competition in the 2nd quarter. Dang looked tired the entire game. Asik can't catch a break with officals, Wade gets FAR mare than his share. Hell the play where he laid on the floor grabbing his wrist was a charge. And Rose still didn't get the calls he deserved.

  • Korver is the new Kerr. DRose is the new MJ. Noah's the new Rodman. Boozer's the new Horace Grant. Applications still being taken for the new Pippen.

  • In reply to willrice51:

    LOL Good one CTH! Melo is prob the best Pippen out there, but still not Pip!

  • In reply to willrice51:

    We should tell GarPax to have Melo apply for the Scottie Pippen position.

  • In reply to BullsFTW:

    Melo & Pippen really aren't comparable at all. And it would do no good telling GarPax that, you should tell Melo's wife.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Unfortunately, she doesn't have time to listen. She's too busy planning her shopping trips on 5th Avenue.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    You are right, Pippen could actually play defense

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    He could guard 4-5 positions, run the point, hit 3's, defer the limelight & play wingman, lead his team....

  • Good win by the Bulls, would say great win but the main guy for the Heat did not play and Bosh played a little over a half of the game before he came up injured. It was a home game that could've been lost to an injured team and that's a big concern. My question is, everyone says that this team should not make any moves to improve the team this year and we all know they are lacking a shooting guard and is very close to being a true contender so... next year when I guess they can bring a quality shooting guard in after the CBA is decided, who else will it take to get this team to contender status and I know everyone has fallen in love with Boozer but the fact of the matter is the guy is very close to being a defensive liability and IMO, I would give him another year or two before the Bulls should seriously start to look to replace him if his defense does not improve. A player that could put up Boozer type numbers on offense and rebounds but would play better defense and would have better endurance and be perfect for this Bulls team.... would be David West of New Orleans. Again, just an opinion.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Do you think Gibson could develop into that kind of player?

  • In reply to Waldock:

    As far as Boozer, I believe that he would be a good 6th man. Obviously an over-priced one (which is why he won't be traded, plus his salary escalates), but he can come in 20 minutes a night, carry the offense and defend the opponents backup. Then sit back down. He'll stay healthy and have decent numbers. He just won't start.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    I think Gibson could develop into a guy like David West but he would definitely have to be a starter to get that far. Like I said, Bulls fans have fell in love with Boozer's scoring and rebounding but his defense stinks. Gibson if given the opportunity could be better than Boozer especially on the defensive end but he would also probably have to be used in any trade that the Bulls may decide to do unless the Bulls brass decided to show they are serious about being a defensive minded team and got ballsy and use Boozer as trade bait, just a thought...

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Not as long as it takes him a week to wind up and get his shot off.

  • Luol Deng:

    He's failed to "rise to the occasion" vs. Boston and Miami this month.

    vs. BOS - 9 points on 3/10 FG shooting
    vs. MIA - 12 points on 5/14 FG shooting

    Yet, the Bulls don't need Melo?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    call back when you see one viable melo to the bulls rumor

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    great article...

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Avek34pO1PBTEvqhyAEfdba8vLYF?slug=aw-roselebron011611

  • In reply to Dileg:

    Nice post. Derrick is starting to get the respect he deserves as an elite player league wide. Starting in the All-Star game will be a good step as well. Hopefully it will be the first of many.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Hopefully there are stretches during that game where he is in attack mode, & not just deferring to teammates. That would make a very loud statement to the fellow all-stars

  • In reply to Dileg:

    And yes, rose doesnt need King James, neither queen Wade. Rose is enough good tto carry Chicago TO NBA finals.h

  • In reply to Dileg:

    nice, feel good article. Rose is definately starting to get nationwide respect.

  • In reply to Dileg:

    This was a nice, fun win. However, it was more like last years Heat, or the year before against the Bulls, with Lebron out and Bosh missing the 4rth and Wade single handedly trying to win the game for the Heat. The difference is that Rose is finally rising to the occasion in crunch time, which he wasn't able to do in his first 2 years.

    This game really says nothing about how these 2 teams will match up when at full strength, but should give the Bulls plenty to worry about.

    Both Boozer and especially Deng were borderling useless or outright sucked for much of the game, and that is without Lebron on the floor.

    Interestingly, Boozer and Deng were a combined 11-28 from the field, while Rose was 12-27, that almost deserves a hmmm.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I don't think the FG% numbers tell much of the story there as Rose's low percentage was a function of getting quadruple teamed at times through the zone having to beat two guys on the perimeter then two more guys on the interior to try and get to the rim.

  • In reply to Dileg:

    Watching the game and was wondering what the Bulls would look like having the shooting of House to help keep defenses honest. We had a chance at him right? wonder why we didn't pull the trigger on that one. Miami 3 point shooting really kept them in this game.

    Would have liked to seen more out of Boozer offensively. Seems like he was kind of rushing his shoot a bit there. And the Bulls have to find a way to get him the ball better on the post. These attempted entry passes seem to bog down our offensive flow.

    DEFENSIVE INTENSITY. What I saw was Miami defenders at times throw us off from what we tried to accomplish in the half court. And then I saw the Bulls elevate their D and really make the Heat work for every shot and pass. Other than Wade hitting those 3 straight 3's at the end. I say my team did a damn good job.

  • In reply to logikal77:

    How would House be doing if he was getting the looks Korver is though? Probably about the same Korver has, given historically they've shot about the same on about the same volume.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    What do you expect? that's why he is the "3rd option". Deng is shooting a better FG% and 3pt% and Melo doesn't even shoot 3's that well. He's only made 18 on the season compared to Luol's 56. We don't need Melo and I don't even think Rose wants him to come here.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    and furthermore, he isn't even interested in coming to Chicago

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Luol Deng is simply a role player for this team. If you are still expecting him to "rise to the occasion" then you will likely be disappointed.

    Rose, Boozer, Noah, those are the Bulls big three.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I love having Deng. Man...the guy gets sooo much hate for some reason. Deng is a SOLID basketball player and very important to our team.

  • In reply to Dileg:

    I agree completely, and I don't understand where the hat is coming from. I guess the contract? Whatever, he still will have guys like you & me supporting him.

    I don't think he played that bad last night. He certainly is asked to do quite a lot for this team. And we don't need him to be a volume scorer.

  • In reply to Dileg:

    I agree. I think you want more for his salary than you get, but he's still a good basketball player that helps the team.

    That gets lost when people look at the salary figures.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    He is in a way kind of a big three on offense. He is the 3rd best offensive option and probably the 2nd best defensive option after Noah.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    As long as his coach doesn't think that he can guard D Wade or any other scoring guard for that matter.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    A very expensive role player.

  • In reply to supercesto:

    its not that bad, come on. After Rose re-ups it will be the 4th highest contract on the team, right where it should be.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Noah is also r

  • In reply to deewaves:

    I will take NOahs role over Dengs role any day of the week.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    me too.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Yeah, a role player that would have been an all star this year if he didn't get injured. When even players in the best 2 dozen players in the league are "role players" the term loses all meaning.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Everybody has issues. Do you think Wade can shoot well every time as he did yesterday from the 3pt line. He is a streaky shooter from the 3 pt line. His role is to slash and pick up fouls and make steals and defend the opposing team's SG...That's a role player as per your definition. Noah is a center and he is learning and adapting new skills and that takes time for a big man compared to a guard. Yeah, he is not a top 10-15 player in the league. He might be limited offensively but his defense and leadership, will to win and energy(his energy is not like what Brewer gives)....We just cannot define a certain set of skills to make a star based on some offensive stats....A star is someone who impacts wins and losses...that is the bottom-line.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    If his role is playing like an all-star caliber center, sure.

    Noah impacts winning in a big way though which is what I view as a difference between role player and a guy I view as more than a role player.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Unfortunately, Del Thibideau thinks that Dengs role is to guard Wade at both the end of the first half and during the end of the 4rth quarter when he was going off. Deng's +/- during those 12 minutes had to be minus 20-25.

    Thank god that Del Thibideau woke up and put Brewer on Wade for the last 2 posessions.

    I hope that this performance quashes once and for all the notion that some people have that Deng can play 2 guard. As I have said forever, he is barely athletic enough to play 3, and guards 4's better than he can guard 2's.

    He was about as effective aginst Wade last night as he would have been against Wilt in his prime.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I'd like to see you coach better, fag.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If you like Melo so much, move to NJ. I don't think the Bulls would miss you much.

  • The only negative I can take from Thibs coaching yesterday was I didn't like Deng guarding Wade. Our offense needs to play 48 mins worth as well. Other than that, I really like the coaching, ball movement and energy yesterday.

  • In reply to rnohria310:

    You think?

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