The closest a series can be after three games is 2-1. The Chicago Bulls trail the Heat by that margin, and the pressure is on. If Chicago wins, the pressure swings back to Miami.
The teams will be entering a three game series where Chicago has home court. If the Heat win, they will push Chicago into a nearly impossible situation. The Bulls aren't likely to win three in a row if they come back to Chicago 1-3, so the game is crucial for them.
What to do about Chris Bosh
The Bulls have left the opposing PF open 14-15 feet from the hoop in order to trap LeBron and Wade. Noah, Gibson, or Asik then has to try and rush back to defend a jumper on a pass off. If they close out on the ground, Bosh takes the jumper. If the close out jumping through the air, Bosh puts the ball on the floor.
At the end of the day, it looks like terrible defense for us on Bosh, but it's been a strategic decision to try and bottle up LeBron and Wade. The Bulls might want to try some more straight switches on the pick and roll and bringing in a second defender from the perimeter in order to leave a shooter open.
Especially with the Heat not playing James Jones at all last game, the Bulls might be better off giving up a shot on the perimeter though Mike Bibby knocked down a couple of threes last game when given the opportunity.
In the end, defending a LeBron/Bosh or Wade/Bosh pick and roll is just extraordinarily difficult if Bosh is making his shots. The Bulls simply may hope that Bosh can't repeat.
More Gibson please
Boozer had a great game offensively, but the Bulls really, really need Gibson's defense in this series, and Gibson's offense has been fine anyway. Boozer's primarily been hitting jumpers and shots on rolls to the basket on offense. Gibson's been nailing down both shots with equal ability.
The shot Gibson doesn't have in his game is the turn around jumper out of the post and probably not as many moves in the low post. However, Boozer hasn't been effective from that spot anyway, so the Bulls really aren't losing so much by putting Gibson on the floor offensively.
Hit the tips
The Chicago Bulls have hit the offensive glass hard, but the last couple games they've struggled to knock down the tip shots. Lots of shots right at the rim barely missing.
Quite simply, the Bulls just need to knock down these shots and get more second chance points on their second chances.
Derrick Rose called game 6 in Atlanta the most important in his career
I think Derrick knew that every game of the ECF would trump that one, but this one truly is the most important game of Derrick's career. A win puts Chicago back in serious contention for the NBA championship. A loss all but eliminates them this season.
Can Derrick Rose bring out his inner MVP? He might need to be the best player on the floor for Chicago win. He'll need to beat Miami's traps, he'll need to play aggressive.
Derrick Rose needs to bring a monster performance tonight for Chicago, he's young, he's early in his career, and he might need some growing pains to find that ultimate success. Let's hope not.
It's hard to feel good about a game four after dropping two straight, but if the Bulls can win this game, everything changes. A win tonight, creates a three game series against Miami where the Bulls have home court.
A win tonight puts the Bulls title shot back on track. A win tonight is everything for Chicago. Miami's come out and taken momentum, it's time for Chicago to take it back.