It's odd, emotionally, I can't root for the Heat. Can't do it. Even though I think it's irrational, and I think the hate on Miami is still overblown. I just can't root for them.
Logically, I think I'm glad the Heat won. You see, the Bulls are fighting a battle for homecourt advantage, and for the first time in awhile, I'm concerned about how that home court might play out against the Western Conference teams as well as the Eastern Conference ones.
Is it more important for the Bulls to get the #2 seed than to have home court in a potential Chicago/L.A. matchup? Yes. Absolutely.
So why root for Miami? I don't know, can Miami really catch Chicago at this point? The Bulls are up three games in the loss column and own the tiebreak. The means for the remainder of the season, the Bulls would need to lose four more games than Miami for Miami to grab the two seed.
Chicago has 19 games left this year. Will they lose four more games this season? I'm not sure of that. However, if Miami loses even two more games this year, I think it's over, because I don't see the Bulls losing six games. Even if Miami loses one more game this season I think it might be over, and heck, to be honest, I think the Bulls still have a shot if Miami wins out.
That said, is that really going to happen? In their favor, Miami only has two road games left against a decent team, playing Atlanta both times. They also play the Spurs, Thunder, Nuggets, 76ers, and Celtics at home. I know Miami is deadly, and I've been leading the bandwagon of "don't count these guys out in the playoffs", but I think I am ready to feel comfortable with them not passing Chicago for the two seed this year.
Do I think the Bulls take them in a seven game series? Right now, that looks like an epic battle to me. Sure, we swept Miami, but we won by a combined total of eight points in three games that could have gone either way. The hate on Miami for losing those games is ridiculous.
It's like if you beat me in a battle of coin flipping three times in a row, put it on ESPN and then all the analysts started talking about how I can't flip coins in the clutch and I'll never call a clutch coin flip again. Sometimes things happen, and they are simply anomalies.
So while Miami still scares the hell out of me in round two, I'm happy to think about any edge we can get in the Finals (should we get there) as well. It's nice to dream big.
Quick side notes
Carlos Boozer's injury was described as similar to the one that cost him four games earlier this season. He's listed as day to day, and I'd gather will miss the next three or four games, but fortunately, it isn't worse than that.
If you didn't hear it, Michael Jordan said that he thinks Rose should be MVP. If you actually hear the sound bite, it sounds almost like he was goaded into saying it. Of course, I doubt you can really goad Jordan into saying something he doesn't want to, but he didn't really offer up the comment freely, Nick Friedell harassed him into it. I wanted to mention it, but didn't think it was worth a full article, because my only thought was "cool".