Boozer's toe, Granger's a moron, and the final Bulls / Pacers wrap up

As if things weren't bad enough, Carlos Boozer felt his toe 'pop' and now has turf toe.  

Both scenarios played out again late Tuesday night with an added
twist: Boozer suffered turf toe on his right foot that he said he heard
pop and contributed to him sitting for the final 18 minutes, 17 seconds.

"We'll just see how it goes every day, try to get the pain out of it,"
Boozer said. "I'm in a great deal of pain. But I got until the next
round starts.

"I told (coach Tom Thibodeau) if he needed me I'd
be out there and try to gut it out. He said, 'If I need you, I'll put
you in. If not, we'll just try to get it better."

So when did this happen?

The implication from the article was that the injury happened in game five.   Now if he's been dealing with this injury for awhile, it would certainly explain a whole lot of things about why Boozer's appeared to have absolutely no lift and has struggled.

However, if it happened in game five, and you're a conspiracy theorist, then you might note that this sounds like a great built in excuse to cut Carlos Boozer's minutes because he's sucked balls in the playoffs so far.

Boozer only plays 20 minutes?   Well the turf toe's not quite healed.  He's not 100%.  

Boozer struggles from the field and misses some bunnies?   Turf toe acting up.

There's been a mountain of criticism heaped Boozer's way so far in this series and rightfully so.  He's been the worst of the disappointers for Chicago.   The Bulls haven't played well in general, and most of the team has played well beneath their capability. 

However, with Boozer, it's been more notable than with others, because when his offense is off, he's not bringing it on defense either.   Can Carlos Boozer rebound from this?   We'd better hope so, because the Bulls sure need him to.

Danny Granger supplied the quote of all quotes

"Joakim Noah, he's a dirty player," Granger said. "I don't think there's
a place in the game for it. You can make hard fouls and everything, but
when you start elbowing people in the face, that's when fights start
breaking out."

ROFL 

Seriously?   Noah stuck out his arm as Josh McRoberts charged at him like a football player and ran into it.   Then when Noah walked away, McRoberts attacked him again.   The same McRoberts who decided to throw a forearm shiver into Derrick Rose off the ball.

Later on, Noah elbowed the hell out of Mike Dunleavy, whom was standing behind him, because Tyler Hansbrough tried to attack Noah's grab of a rebound forcing Noah backwards and to the side away from Hansbrough.  

Let's not get started on Jeff Foster's role in this series.   

The Pacers big men thugged things up about as much as any front line I've seen recently in a series and looked like they had an intention to hurt every time Rose went into the lane. Pacers crying foul?  Laughable.

Have a nice summer Danny Granger.

The series wasn't so close as people want you to think

I have a feeling that people are going to make it out to be closer than it was.   They've done so all series.  

Look, whenever it mattered, the Bulls just crushed the Pacers.  I'm a bit concerned that the team came out flat for four games in a row, but at the end of games, they owned Indiana.  

When they finally realized that maybe 14 points in less than three minutes is perhaps a bit much, and lost a game, they came out and beat the hell out of Indiana for a full game, and even in the loss, the refs called it like they wanted the extra TV money or else the Bulls would have won.

Hopefully, the team plays with a bit more urgency going forward, but I think they needed that game four loss to regather their focus.  They've often played poorly on their long winning streaks this season with their play getting worse and worse the longer the streak goes until they get a loss, and then they seem to ratchet up their attention again.

I don't think the Bulls took Indiana all that seriously until they actually lost a game, but I expect them to be far more serious next round from the get go.

Derrick Rose is a playoff God

Rose has always stepped up his game in the playoffs.   Some will focus on his poor shooting percentage while ignoring the fact that his free throw attempts basically doubled which still left him scoring fairly efficiently.

It also would ignore the fact that the Pacers committed anywhere from two to four defenders on a typical play to try and stop Rose.  

When the game was on the line, Rose turned into an unstoppable beast who just crushed Indiana.   They had no answer for him, could not stop him, and the Bulls took over the game.  It was that same old feeling that Jordan era Bulls fans know well at the end of games.   We're going to win, you're going to lose, because we have Derrick Rose and you don't.

Joakim Noah brings the 'it' factor too

He started off slowly in the playoffs, and it's been awhile since he played really well in the regular season, but Joakim Noah got his groove back in game three, and he's been non stop since then.   He had an outstanding game 4 attacking the Pacers defense and creating his own shots.

He had a great give five in the close out game as well.  His defense is back to it's peak, and he seems to thrown away all doubts on offense and has his confidence soaring.   When Noah's bringing it like this, the Bulls are a scary team to play.

Tom Thibodeau finally played Gibson/Asik and left Thomas on the bench

Gibson played 30 minutes and much of that was due to Boozer's toe (or suckiness), but in an interesting twist, Omer Asik got the call over Kurt Thomas.   I like the fact that Thibodeau went back to the bench that worked for him early in the year. 

Of course, Asik was on the floor for Indiana's one big run despite playing reasonably well, so we'll see if he goes back to it again.

However, for those saying Thibodeau is too stubborn to make changes, I disagree.  He's willing to make all kinds of changes with his fringe players.  He's not willing to make changes with Bogans because he believes in Bogans. 

That belief was well rewarded last night, and I hope Bogans loads some crow into a t-shirt cannon and shoots it down my throat for the rest of the playoffs.

Heal em up!

The Bulls get to rest while they wait to find out who they play in the second round.  Ronnie Brewer, Derrick Rose, and Carlos Boozer all have injuries and could use the time off.

The Magic and Hawks will go for at least one more game as Atlanta was simply throttled by Orlando last night, and we got a glimpse as to why I'd rather play Atlanta in the playoffs.   Atlanta on its game and Orlando off equals a tight Atlanta win.   Orlando on its game and Atlanta off equals the complete destruction of the Hawks.

The Hawks and Magic tip off for game six on Thursday and would play a game seven if necessary on Saturday.   My guess is the Bulls next series will start two days after the conclusion of the Hawks/Magic series, so if it closes on Thursday the Bulls will likely tip off against Atlanta on Saturday, otherwise they'll play the winner on Monday.

That's not set in stone yet,,but it's my best guess for those of you trying to plan out your schedules with Bulls playoff tickets.

Funny stat of the series

Rasual Bulter leads the Bulls in playoff PER with a 40.3 and also sports a 150% TS%.  The man is a complete stud.  27 points, 9 rebounds per 36 minutes, and he simply does not miss, get this man some playing time!

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  • Triple honky threat...lol nice. This boozer thing concerns me a lot because the bulls play some of their worst ball trying to bring Booz back from injury and start him plus force feed him the ball when he is not ready to handle it. Hope thibs goes with Taj until boozer shows he can produce off the BENCH. Hopefully the change in opponent will change things for him because at this point I have hoped he gets into foul trouble

  • I'm pretty sure the Bulls will start the next series on Monday regardless of when the Hawks-Magic series finishes

  • I read that Boozer said the toe popped when taking the one shot that he made during the game.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=6434455

    "I just went up for a shot, the one I made in the second quarter, early in the second quarter, and felt a pop," Boozer said after the game.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    It is bad enough that the guy is a foul mouth phony, now he is the lion from the Wizard of OZ a coward who has to make up excuses for his timid performance.

    Utah, you knew better.

  • Game one will be on monday.

    Great game, finally they put up their good game and finished of the Pacers. Noah did a great job, he had great energy and seemed to have great fun out there. Him and Taj are a great tandem, they should really play more together. There is no one who can score easy points in the paint with those two manning the middle. So much fun to watch when Noah is feeling it!

  • Well..The ESPN guy who is on to that PER stats will probably want some team to give a max deal to Butler as playoff performance is golden.
    That shows how stat based guys are so ignorant.

    BTW, Granger is a big time sore loser. I give him credit on offense. He played well but to pick Noah as a dirty player over McRoberts and Foster...must be a really bad loser.

  • "groove"

    Thanks to the time difference, had to get up at 0300 for Game 3 (missed Game 4) and 0400 for Game 5. That ridiculous block on Hibbert made it totally worthwhile.

  • That was an amusing analysis of the Pacers 3 Punks, in the end they got what they deserved along with their team. If the Magic win the next game in Atlanta, it will pretty much assure the Bulls will play the Magic in the next round and hopefully Boozer' s popped toe will be healed. This guy is seriously as soft as they come and I won't continue to discuss him cause he needs to be gone as in traded next year ASAP. I know he will be hard to trade but the Bulls need to... EXPLORE EVERY AVAILABLE OPTION. Boozer's story has gotten old and worn out.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Nice to see that some of you are coming around to what I've been seeing for months.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I have said since the beginning of the season when Boozer didn't play well with Noah that they may want to think about trading him. I did say give him some time like maybe a year or two, but seeing how soft this guy is with his injuries and how he does not fit along side of Noah, yeah... they need to explore trade options if there are any cause I can not see Boozer getting any better with his age. Fans can try to defend him as much as they want but the fact of the matter is he just does not fit with Noah's style of play and he is a liability on defense. Boozer need to go.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Guys, before you plan for Boozer's future, we have a championship to contend for Right Now, and CB's not going anywhere this month except MAYBE the bench. WILL Thibs do it? My guess is he continues to start Boozer, and tries to take better advantage of the double-teams he draws - and brings on Taj early and often; CB may remain a starter in name but not minutes, as Bogans has been all year. Really, if he's not contributing offensively, his ass is in the WAY! But I don't see Thibs insulting him by starting Taj, he'll just get pulled earlier if he's not offensively useful.

    (Oops, did I insult anyone by presuming we're all Guys here? I'm wearing pink boxers today, if that helps...)

  • First off, Fuck Danny "Delusional" Granger and his mediocre jump shot game. He's a poor man's Luol Deng in the way he has zero impact in scoring 20 pts in a game. It's fine to stick up for your guys, but let's try not to get too deep in the bs. His bigs weren't even going for rebounds, they were just looking to hit the closest big with a forearm shiver. Get over yourself Danny.

    Also, as much as ride Boozer for being soft, I'd be afraid to touch anybody they way the refs were calling phantom fouls the last few games. It was atrocious. If he even gets back to average, I don't think the bulls have much to worry about in the next series.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Granger is trying to be a leader when he is not. Maybe he is scared that they will trade his "ass" now because the Pacers need a guy who needs to take over rather than disappear.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    There is no call for the racist name calling...

  • In reply to Dionysus:

    What are you referring to?

  • In reply to Dionysus:

    Eh, the triple honkey threat was a name coined by my college roommate to describe the Bulls dynasty centers. The term itself, to me, has no negative connotation and has only positive childhood memories.

    If I had used it around any of my friends, they would have viewed it as a compliment towards the Pacers roster and not a negative. That said, maybe it wasn't a good idea for the blog simply because no one else outside of a dozen or so of my friends has that shared history.

    That said, are there any white guys out there who are seriously offended by the term honky? If so, I've yet to meet them. Probably a poor decision on my part due to the potential ramifications and negative tone someone else could take it as even if I didn't really mean it that way myself.

    That's probably made worse by the fact that I'm ripping the three guys, and I certainly have no endearment towards them like I do the old Bulls dynasty centers. Anyway, I've edited it out, just to not cause any greater confusion and to avoid offending anyone bothered by the term.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    come on let's lighten up here...those buffoons are absolute honkys

  • In reply to ixonflex69:

    Aren't you the one who has been calling these guys KKK members. I ignored it before, because I didn't want to bring it up, but there appears to be a pot and kettle issue here.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Didn't really get your meaning, but neither did I find any offense in your verbiage.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Thanks for the explanation Doug...I totally get it as inside joke and term of endearment for our own players of the dynasty era...and I also appreciate you changed it in the blog.

  • In reply to Dionysus:

    damn shut up dionysus2.0 we are having fun you jackass no one on this blogs is racist get that stick out your ass

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    While certainly racism exists in the world, and I don't want to diminish that. I doubt that as a middle aged white guy, anyone truly believes I have a racist attitude towards white guys.

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    + 1 googleplex

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    Did anyone else hear Scottie Pippen ream Boozer a new a****le during the 3rd quarter of the broadcast? Pip specifically said Boozer is not even trying on defense, is not committed to helping the Bulls win a championship, needs to learn defense from Taj, etc. Is was brutally honest criticism. Absolutely Scathing!

  • In reply to Edward:

    Even though I didn't hear it, I thank Scottie for the support.

  • In reply to Edward:

    Welcome back to the real JoNo. Any doubt who the second most important Bull is now. Stay healthy young man, stay happy.

    B.T. W. It is obvious who got the looks in that family, his sister is hot.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    She's alright, but she is 6'7, 210 lbs. She'd box your ass out down low.

  • In reply to Edward:

    It's easy to second guess decisions with the benefit of hindsight. The Bulls knew what they were getting when they signed Boozer, and it wasn't defense. Every player has holes in their game. Remember that he wasn't the Bulls first choice, either. My theory is Boozer can't run around or jump over anyone on offense. He needs to go through his man to get to the rim. He needs room to do that so no help defender with length is near. Noah's greatest strength is offensive rebounding, which often puts his defender in range to help on Boozer. That contributes to the close misses, blocked shots, offensive fouls, etc. from Boozer. Remember earlier in the season when Noah was out, Boozer was very effective playing with Thomas. Thomas has a jump shot and doesn

  • In reply to Dionysus:

    I used to like Granger, but now have no respect for him... Noah dirty? What a joke... Granger is a bitch...

  • In reply to RC360:

    I couldn't agree more. I'm not sure which is worse, Granger running his hypocritical mouth after being blown out of the playoffs, or the dirty trio of frontcourt players on the Pacers. BTW, why not much mention of Granger's holding defense against Deng that didn't get called by anyone? All series long I notice Granger holding Deng whenever he tried to move. Not as dirty as Foster/McRoberts/Hansbrough's elbows, but a foul none the less.

  • In reply to Dionysus:

    There is no Dana.....only RAsuuuuuuuuual!

  • In reply to Dionysus:

    come on, honky is not a racist term. No one in the majority should be offended by name calling.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    lol ikr

  • In reply to bullsman24:

    and claiming it is is insulting to those who suffer real racist name calling

  • In reply to bullsman24:

    ChiRy-

    Understood, but I dont think you can deny that the energy level, turnovers, rebounding and defensive were better with Booz on the bench.

    I have confidence he wants to be a big part of this teams run.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    energy, turnovers, and defense yes

    rebounding I disagree about, and also passing and spacing are better

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    This isn't the place for this debate, but so called "reverse racism" is rampant in today's culture and likely more prevalent than actual or supposedly "real racism".

    and if you want to be statistically accurate, when every other single class of people are now classified as some type of minority group, including women(who by them selves are actually a majority) the only remaining true minority is the white male(about 7-8% of the worlds population).

  • In reply to BigWay:

    you obviously don't live in the south as I do, where racism is alive and very well

    this is a place for this debate apparently, what's so wrong with that? Hey, we got 5 days off til game 1 anyways ;)

    Sorry, women are not minorities, nor are white males in this country/culture. I don't want to hear about reverse racism when white males have had it so good for so long. Someone throws out racism when there is none and it lessens the validity of calling someone out when there truly was racism involved.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Good post. I am tired of the "reverse racism" dialogue. Hey, everybody feels as if they are under "racism" sometimes just like everybody who loses a NBA game feels the other team got all the ref calls or played dirty like Granger does.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    exactly

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Oh boo hoo, poor us the white male. It's hard having only half the unfair advantages we used to, woe is me!

  • I agree that this series wasn't really that close, which is not to discount concerns over the Bulls play in the first four games, but the Bulls dominated the 4th quarter in each game and still walked out winning 4-1, which was the most common series prediction before it started. It was nice to end it on a high note, though. I'm also thrilled to see Noah back at the top of his game.

    Granger is delusional. Good luck with your golf game, Danny.

  • Great game Bulls finally played games 5 like they should of the other games in the series!

    Boozer's 1st season as a Bull is off to a bad start with injuries and suckiness!

    I like Gibson and Noah out there together they are tenacious! :-)

  • In reply to smiley:

    As I've said repeatedly, you need to help the helper, and Noah is the ultimate helper, Taj is a helper, Asik is a helper, Thomas is a helper, Boozer is a faker.

  • 6th-Man:

    I'd love to see Thibs stop being so STUBBORN and move Boozer to a 6th-man role.

    Why?

    1.) He's not producing as a starter.
    2.) He's comfortable with Korver and Brewer.
    3.) He's played better alongside Thomas, rather than Noah.
    4.) He could be the main scorer coming off the bench.
    5.) Boozer and Korver would create a nice INSIDE/OUT game.
    6.) There's less PRESSURE for him to perform then.
    7.) He could stay out of foul trouble going up against weaker talent.

    In the long-term, KLOVE already came out and said he would like to play with DROSE. I guess DROSE has a solid friendship with KLOVE and his family already. With that said, trading Boozer should be explored.

    TRADE OPTIONS:

    1.) To Denver for Melo's trade exception. KMART comes off their books too.

    2.) To New Jersey for short-term contracts, which would open the door for KLOVE to sign with the Bulls as a FA in a two seasons. Of course, the Nets want to keep DWILL, so they need to UPGRADE their roster. Obviously those DWILL and CBOOZ have a good history together from their days back in Utah.

    3.) To Portland for short-term contracts. With Oden's future up in the air, Portland may have to move Aldridge to Center, which would allow Boozer to play PF.

    Just throwing some ideas out there.

    We'll see what Thibs and GarPax decide to do. BABY-ING Boozer isn't the answer though.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think it's still too soon to trade Boozer, but I like your idea of NJ as a target if it comes to it. They tried to sign him in the off-season and are clearly looking to make big splash moves. I don't have time to look into who they have to deal, but not a bad thought.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If you still haven't figured out why starting Bogans is the right move with this roster, maybe you should step away from the keyboard. Even Doug is coming around...

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    He's not even talking about Bogans. If someone will take boozer do it ASAFP I would rather live with any Taj deficiencies than Boozers occasional good games. I can see this only getting worse as he gets older. Sorry to say that this signing, while I agreed with it, seems like a mistake.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    You're right. That was dumb. My bad. But Boozer wasn't as bad as the numbers indicate. He wasn't good either, though.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    Because of his abosolute lack of effort, he is always worse than his numbers indicate, much worse, and his numbers are tumbling faster than stock in Tokyo Electric Power.

  • In reply to bullshooter:

    No one advocates starting bogans. No one.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    After the game Deng was trying to give Granger the usual "Nice series," but it looked like Granger was ticked off and scolding Deng about something. Anyone else see this?

    As for Boozer, I NEVER question a player's injury, but if he's hurt, don't play him. If he's good enough to go, I don't want to hear about the injury.

    Loved the Butler stats.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    We won't be able to sign Love even if we lose Boozer's cap number. The rest of the guys will still put us over.

    You'd need to trade Boozer for Love at the time of trade in a three way deal or direct S&T.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    No one's taking Boozer in a trade, especially for a player the caliber of Love. At the time, I was in favor of signing Boozer. But let's face facts. If we thought the Deng contract was bad, the Boozer contract will be a noose around our necks for the next 4 years.

  • In reply to RichG:

    We should not make excuses but Boozer is not right this season(hand injury, ankle injuries and now a bad toe). We hope and pray that he will be "ok"(maybe put him in a bubble wrap after the season) next season and see how he performs.
    He is probably a player who cannot even play through a small injury. Obviously, he has no lift or confidence. He sucks on fouls and makes the most stupid fouls on offense by sticking out his left hand or tentatively putting his hand out on defense.
    I like Happy's idea of using him as a 6th Man but unfortunately Taj is terrible(even with the game he had yesterday) on offense. I think Thibs uses a combination of bench play and starter play based on match-ups. That said, every team always has one guy who sucks in a playoff series and hopefully he picks it up in the next series.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Boozer as 6th man works, if you build an offensive trio around the post play of Noah, Taj and Asik.

    We have Rose, can live with Deng, we just need a comparable 2 guard, then we are set.

  • In reply to RichG:

    It's a little different, the Bulls won't be aiming for capspace to rebuild for the next four years, so his contract will only be relevant if ownership decides to restrict spending or the CBA drastically alters the spending rules.

    Otherwise, it will have no impact.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    It actually could be a nice expiring deal in a little less than 4 years, depending on the new CBA. The Bulls could unload it for a decent player someone else is trying to dump, especially if the Bulls roll over & stockpile future draft picks.

  • In reply to RichG:

    The most encouraging thing about this game was the game plan itself. Coach Thibbs clearly worked with the guys on a few things on the offensive end, making that extra pass,etc. D Rose used the double team against the pacers and it led to a BUNCH of open shots. They capitalized on the Pacers fear of Korver by running that curl over and over again and Korver was able to find an open man a few times as well. Im confident that in a 7 games series Coach Thibbs will give us a great chance against anyone.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    these 5 days off should really help the offense. with 1-2 days off during the series, I could see Thibs working on D about 80% of the time. With 5 days off, offense should improve

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Pretty disappointing that we were a substantially better team with our 75 million dollar man on the bench.

    You might be able to get away with mediocre efforts in Utah, but as Stacy would say, "dont you know where your at this Chicago".

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Boozer was in fould trouble 2-3 of the other games, and the Bulls didn't play better. Bulls got off to a great start to this game when Boozer was on the court.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Yea, but he didn't touch the ball once in the first 3 minutes, the result zero turnovers(as opposed to 4-5 on average in the first 4 games)and the Bulls were up 14-2, scored 20 points by the 6 minute mark when he left with zero points, then the Bulls finished the quarter with 36 and what should have been a 13 point lead with Bozo's ass firmly planted on the bench.

    Then in the second half, once he was finally benched for good, the lead blew up from 61-57 into the high 20's.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Many are wondering why Boozer is missing short shots and layups. It

  • In reply to Edward:

    valid point, I think he can regain his confidence though, but it remains to be seen

  • In reply to Edward:

    Brilliantly correct, he is terrified of getting his shot blocked so he rushes everything missing easy shots, and causing turnovers because he doesn't look the pass into his hands because he is already trying to make the move to get his shot off faster so that it doesn't get blocked.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    and in fairness, the game blew open when Rose finally started hitting some 3s (don't ever stop shotting them Derrick!), and when Bogans hit some more during that run.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Boozer's obviously not helping much besides passing & rebounding, and he can't do that if he's on the bench, but I really don't think he is killing the team either

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Be patient Bull's fans. The Bulls have basically a new team, with a new first year head coach. Fortunately, we weren't under the microscope the Heat was early, due to lower expectations. We didn't seem to have the same struggles they did early on, maybe because of Boozer and Noah being injured, and not playing together much during the regular season. Both Boozer and Noah have struggled at times after returning from injuries, and played well at times separately. Noah appears to be getting back on track, which is great. Give Boozer some time, and Thibs to figure out how to best use them together.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Pretty sure the Bulls will be burning up the phones as soon as the season ends, even it is only until the lockout starts on July 1st.

    If there is one thing that we have seen over the last several years, there is virtually no contract that is untradable, except for Eddy Curry off course.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wow, Boozer as the 6th man, been saying that for 6 months.

    Get Kevin Love, been saying that for 18.

    Maybe absence has made you wiser.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Grabs a lot of rebounds, even taking them away from team mates.
    Seems to care more about being in position for rebounds than defending.
    Blocks about half as many shots as our point guard.
    Rotates like they're wearing lead shoes.
    Shoots jump shots rather than using their size more than you'd like.
    Has missed significant time through injury.

    Quick, tell me who I'm describing, Love or Boozer? IMO anyone who is super negative about Boozer would hate Love just as much if he was on the Bulls.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Did anyone else notice Dwayne Wade dunking the ball with game in hand, 5 seconds left on the clock, and the Sixers heading to their bench? He was unguarded, and the Heat had a five point lead. On the flip side, the Bulls commonly hold the ball and wait for the clock to run out

  • In reply to Jmax:

    I saw that from Wade at the end. Did seem like a bit of a brain cramp moment. Most teams hold the ball at the end when the game's in hand. Maybe the Heats late games struggles caused him to not want to take any chances? I wish I could agree about the Celtics over the Heat, because I'd rather the Bulls face the Celtics. I just don't see it happening, unless Shaq is able to turn the clock back somehow.

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