The Bulls were up 12 with three minutes to go, at that point, they should have closed the game. They played horrifically down the stretch on offense. The Heat pulled three straight three pointers out of their asses including a four point play by Dwyane Wade.
The humiliating defeat could not have happened without some horrible play by Chicago combined with some incredible play by Miami, but it also couldn't have happened without a stretch of the game dominated by call after horrific call after horrific call in favor of Miami.
Much like game four, the Heat mysteriously shot around 50% more free throws than Chicago while spending about half the amount of time in the paint. How is that? The world may never know.
Dwyane Wade got the call behind the three point line (and fairly so) when he got a four point play. How did Rose not get the same call at the end of the game when LeBron clobbered him with the body on route to his huge block? Granted, odds of Rose making that shot even if LeBron went straight up and didn't get a block? Pretty low.
To lay the blame on the refs wouldn't be entirely fair though, Chciago had an epic collapse down the stretch where they went about four straight minutes without getting a single quality look at the basket.
The Heat jacked up a few shots that you only call good if they go in (but they did), but also had several quick jaunts straight to the hoop, the kind of plays the Bulls defense had stopped all game long.
Chicago fell apart in this game. They fell apart in the clutch all series. Let's face it, in three of the four Miami wins, the Bulls could have won down the stretch but simply didn't.
In the end, Derrick Rose will emerge from this stronger. Most young players need to grow through some growing pains before winning the ring, and I can't imagine much more pain for Rose than this series.
Let's face it. Derrick Rose was mostly terrible all series long, but I can only imagine how motivated he'll be in the summer to improve.
I'll do the happy thoughts and full season wrap up tomorrow. Tonight, there's still a bit of anger left at the way this one ended, even though overall, very proud of the team for the season they put forward.