A night after the Bulls lost an embarrassing game to the Raptors, they come out and defeat the Miami Heat. It didn't look good early as Miami had three or four leak outs for open dunks to take a good lead in the first. The teams alternated runs, and Miami went into the break up by nine.
I have to be honest, my confidence wasn't really soaring at this point. Then Luol Deng and Derrick Rose owned the third quarter. They outscored the Heat by 13 in the period to take a four point lead in the 4th.
The Bulls lept out to a big lead only to have a Heat free throw parade push them back into the game. Down the stretch though, Derrick Rose made the shots, made the passes, and the Bulls won while the Heat have to wonder again why they can't beat the best teams in the league.
LeBron's not the MVP
Really, LeBron score 29 on 12 of 21 shooting, but most of his efficiency came from transition play. He struggled with Luol Deng's defense in the half court, and really wasn't nearly as impactful as the numbers would imply. Dwyane Wade scared the hell out of me much more so than LeBron in this game.
Chris Bosh is the Bulls MVP
I knew he had a lousy game, but I didn't realize how lousy until I got home. 1-18? Ouch. the Bulls gave Bosh the jumper all night, and he kept shooting it, and he kept missing it.
Derrick Rose struggled early, but hit them when it counted
The Miami Heat built the wall to defend Rose, and the Bulls struggled to make them pay for it. Rose seemed a bit lackadaisical early in this game while he was struggling. He had some lazy passes early and seemed to play at a low energy level.
However, by the end of the game, Rose was killing the Heat in transition. He was huge when the Bulls came from behind and huge at the end. When the game was on the line, Derrick was simply too good.
Joakim is still finding his way, but still brings the energy
Noah frequently looked uncomfortable with the basketball in his hands. His offense regressing back to his rookie year type of ability. However, he still provided some tips for the Bulls and ripped some offensive boards away from the Heat and beasting them at times.
When Noah gets his game back fully, the Heat are really going to be in trouble defending him. They had enough trouble while he was still playing a bit tentatively.
Did Carlos Boozer clock Bosh in the face or not?
I watched the reply a few times, and I'm not really sure if he connected or if it was a great acting job by Bosh. I may be the only one, but I think Bosh actually got clocked.
Otherwise, I'll commend Boozer for giving much better effort defensively in this game. He came out and jumped at Bosh on all of his jumper attempts rather than simply turning his back and looking for the defensive board. He also generally did a much better job of getting baseline to help this game.
He gave the Bulls some decent offense as well, nice game overall by Boozer.
Luol Deng struggled early but had a hell of a second half
Obviously he hit the money three to win the game for the Bulls, but he also was instrumental in the Bulls third quarter. He did an amazing job on LeBron in the half court as well. Deng did a nice job knocking down shots, driving the lane, helped a ton on the glass. He really lived up to the all around game he brings when at his best. Loved his highlight real block on James as well.
Keith Bogans did a nice job on Dwyane Wade
Wade scored 34, but he did most of his damage when defended by someone else. It got to the point whee I was rooting for Bogans to re-enter the game in the fourth. He didn't knock down any of his shots which was, of course, an issue, but I still liked his heart out there tonight.
Thibodeau made the adjustment to go to Asik and it paid off
Asik didn't get a shot off in 21 minutes, but he played incredible help defense. Reports are that several Miami Heat players are going dog shopping after the game, because despite him only blocking a single shot, the Heat seemed scared to go at him most of his time in the game. Omer did a great job on the glass, a great job rotating, and made a huge impact on the game.
The UC gave him a standing O when he subbed out as well. Nice job Omer, maybe people will give up bitching that we didn't trade you for Courtney lee for at least one night.
Seriously, the Bulls lose this game without Omer, and it probably wouldn't have been close.
Ronnie Brewer played pretty well offensively, but was burned by Wade much of the game
You can't always stop a guy like Wade, but Wade seemed to struggle much more against Bogans than Brewer. However, Brewer played with a lot of energy and still gave the Bulls a big lift. He knocked down his jumpers and did a nice job giving the Bulls a lift.
I'm might be losing faith in Korver
He knocked down a couple threes, but he's not getting enough quality looks for the minutes he plays, and his defense made me feel really uncomfortable with him on the court at times. Still Korver knocked down a big three with almost no room with an incredibly quick release to bring the Bulls back within one after Miami reclaimed the lead with their fourth quarter run.
C.J. Watson gave the Bulls good minutes
Won't show up in the box score, but the team played well while he ran it in both of his stints and his individual defense was very good. Obviously, you don't want to see a guy go 0-3, but it was still a nice game for him.
Dwyane Wade would have been booted if he were anyone else
Wade had one technical earlier, and then during one of the accounts he absolutely went off on one of the refs, but the ref kept trying to walk away from Wade to avoid having to T him up a second time.
Hooray free throws
The Bulls knocked them down for the most part, and if they didn't, they would have lost.
Bulls still winning every marquee game. This one keeps the Bulls in the race for the 1st or 2nd seed and was a must win after losing to the Raptors last night.