Bulls vs Heat 7pm on TNT - Apply the pressure

Every game is critical in this series, but game one has an especially interesting dynamic.   The Miami Heat have never trailed in a series.  They've never faced any adversity in the playoffs.   They've folded in the regular season at times when the going got tough, and while they since rebounded, they haven't had a real challenge since then.

If Chicago wins game one, they put pressure on Miami that they haven't felt in a long time.   On the other hand, Chicago has already fought back from an 0-1 deficit.   They've responded to such pressure in the past.  It would be much more difficult against Miami than Atlanta, but the Bulls have showed tremendous mental toughness all season long.


Energy, focus, and more energy

The Bulls have not played well coming off of layoffs.  For that reasons, it's probably advantageous that the series went six games against Atlanta and shortened their layoff some.   It's impossible to believe that the Bulls are taking the Heat lightly.  They're confident, but they know what a challenge this is.

As for the Heat, they celebrated like they won the championship after beating the Celtics.  They noted prior to round two starting that they feared Boston more than Chicago.  I don't know that they're taking Chicago lightly per se, but I believe they were sincere in their belief that Boston was the tougher team.

Hit the glass or stop the transition game?

The harder Chicago attempts to hit the offensive glass the greater the chance of Miami getting out in transition.  This is going to be one of those seesaw wars.  If Miami attempts to leak out too much they might give up too many offensive rebounds as well.

Which team can really impose what they want to do here?   Does Chicago hit the glass enough that Miami slows down their transition game or does Miami get enough points in transition to force the Bulls to get back on defense more?

How this battle goes will likely go a long way in determining the outcome of the series.

Defensive swarming

Chicago played defense at an extraordinary level against Atlanta.  They swarmed so fast and hard that the Hawks could simply do nothing.  The Bulls rotated so smoothly and quickly that even when Atlanta passed out of the double team they couldn't hit the open man fast enough to get off a shot.

The Bulls need to hit the Heat with the same type of defense.  They need to swarm Wade and LeBron but still rotate quickly enough to stop open threes and easy baskets by other players.   To the extent the Bulls can do that will control whether Miami's offense off or not.

Final thoughts

It's only one game, but it feels like so much more.  Chicago doesn't lose consecutive games frequently and hasn't lost three in a row all season.   Getting an early lead in the series on Miami will put incredible pressure on them, and they haven't necessarily responded that well to pressure this season.

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  • I think this plays out like the Atlanta series. I see the Bulls losing one of the home games, making adjustments and getting one in Miami, hold for game 5, then I see them maybe losing game six in Miami but then coming home for game seven where it is likely a toss up. I think if the Bulls aren't 2-2 after the first four I will be concerned. Obviously 0-2 would be terrible as well but 2-0 would almost seal it IMO. Will be interesting.

    Hope the whole team makes it a point to take care of the ball. No sloppy forced entry passes and no lackadaisical passes when swinging the ball around the perimeter which will result in a Heat dunk or worse a 3point play.

  • 1. Noah/Asik/Gibson have to show up defensively i.e. dominate for most of the game especially in the 4th quarter.
    2. The Bulls cannot go down by 15/20 points during the game. They don't have the offense to come back by so much and they cannot play aggressive defense. That was the key to the Atlanta series. The Bulls never went down a lot which gave them the opportunity to play aggressive defense.
    3. Rose, Bogans, Korver and Deng have to make some 3 pt shots which keep the Bulls in the game or give them a big lead. I have seen a lot of Rose's 3 pt shots/attempts are when the Bulls have a lead of 6-7 points and he wants to stretch it out. If he misses a couple of them at that point, the other team gets back or if he makes them...the Bulls just squash the other team

  • It seems the Bulls(and Derrick Rose) usually play their best in marquee matchups Boston, San Antonio, Orlando, Miami etc. while often taking non-elite teams lightly(though still winning because of Derrick). If the Bulls(Jo, Booz, Ronnie, C.J., Omer) as a team can find a way to up their poor offensive numbers scoring and field goal percentage, then I think Derrick as a winner will feed off of this and the opps it creates, and just go off Jordan style. If not, I think he'll continue to struggle with poor precentages etc. at times.

    I see the Bulls winning Game 1 because of the marquee setting and everybody can play offensively above themselves for one game. But beyond that, as I've said all along you win with star impact players/performances. We just haven't seen those from the guy we wouldn't trade for Carmelo(who is a loser by the way) and our summer major acquisition. That's not to say they aren't trying. I'm grateful for finally having a top four NBA team. And the guys all work hard, and seem like good character people so it's cool. Sure we want to win, but with major impact/top players performing on such a sub par level it's hard to see it happening IMO. That's using reason and logic not emotion as a fan. I sure hope Jo and Booz come to life as star players as their past playoff performances have been, but reason tells you if you don't exhibit those things this year in previous series, they don't all of a sudden appear.

    The only guy I've had a bone to pick with is Joakim because of his continuing passive offensive play unless he's still seriously injured/impaired. But even his attitude seems different to me. I admit his history of partying and some of the things he's said and done make me worry that it has something to do with that. But as other say everybody in the NBA parties beyond alcohol smokes etc. If Joakim is living a reasonably healthy lifestyle compared to other top/championship players then I'm supporting him all the way. I just wish he could get over the hump mentally if that's what it is because we need the playoff warrior and some scoring if November Jo was for real. Maybe he comes alive against Miami, but I just see him continually give up the ball when he gets it in his old attacking grounds at the high post. And Carlos early on could seal people and up and under and counter for post scores. If he's too injured then that's that. But I'm hoping he can find his career playoff numbers at least in some of these games. You score that much and it's not just jumpshots or feeds from D-Wil. You have an offensive game. We need that to resurface now. Besides the logic I still believe in the team until I see otherwise. Go Bulls! Kick tiny (sideline) dancer, post season fold up artist LeBron's ass(Joakim)!

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    RW...Good point about Joakim. I read an article about Noah being the most important player in the series because he cannot dominate his position and he is prone to drifting during a game. And Noah himself told that what he needs is rest and sleep early to get to focus on this game/series.

    The injury he had has made him abandon his shot because unfortunately it was a hand injury rather than a leg injury(he probably didn't practice on his shot for 2 months+ consistently and correctly). Noah has to dominate Bosh defensively at the minimum for the Bulls to win this series and off-course he has to rebound well and limit Bosh/Anthony on rebounds. If we can get any offense from him, that will be gravy.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Edit: I mean Joakim can "dominate" his position

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    Please note, although Noah hasn't excelled Horford is an AllStar and Jokim played him well.
    Hibbard, Foster, and McRoberts are tough. Hansbrough had the game of his life in the series.

    But unlike most "experts", I believe that the Pacers, Hawks and Magic are being under rated.

    The Bulls obviously played nervous to begin the playoffs. There was a lot of pressure from their own expectations. However, Indiana and Atlanta were good. Better than they've been given credit. Indiana was tough and Atlanta athletic.

    The Bulls are in a great position now. Their confidence looks improved and the expectations manageable.

    I predict Noah will have a huge series and be the difference. And well, Boozer will be Boozer. But that should be enough against the Heat.

    I also believe the games the Bulls win the foul shots will be about even. That's the home court difference.

    Being a bit cynical I predict Bulls vs OKC cause it's the best for the league. DRose vs Durant

  • In reply to Waldock:

    you and me both buddy! Noah is going to be huge this series

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Interesting to see if LeBron is nervous(excited) imagine Bosh...He might be "Posh" tonight.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Damn! I feel like I'm playin' tonight.

    Love the fact that just about every expert is picking the Heat in this series. The Bulls should be well-balanced...a chip on both shoulders.

    The Bulls can't afford to come out flat as they have several times in these playoffs. The Bulls are not clearly the better team in this series. I'm sure they know this.

    In answer to Doug's question about whether or not to pound the offensive boards, IMO the Bulls will play their game...which means that they'll attempt to dominate the offensive glass. This is no time to concede anything to an opponent.

    While all the national talk asks the question "How on earth can the Bulls beat the Heat?" the Bulls need to play as if the opposite question should be the one everyone is asking.

    Game on!

  • In reply to Nossem:

    "The Bulls should be well-balanced...a chip on both shoulders."
    That's great!!
    I also heard that a "chip on the shoulder" settles the nerves.

  • In reply to Nossem:

    I have to see how the fouls are called before I can say anything about this series. Will D-Rose, now MVP, get the same calls as LeWade Bron and Dwayne James? Or will those guys get all the ticky-tack calls while Derrick gets forearmed in the head all night?
    Also, how about Asik? Will he get any benefit of the doubt with calls? It seemed like the refs were taking him seriously in the last two games vs. Atlanta, but how about vs. the Heat?
    In any case, GO Bulls!

  • In reply to coachskiles:

    Having watched Asik all season and knowing how NBA refs treat the Heat, I expect Omer to be called for at least 3 fouls before he enters the game...just 'cuz.

  • In reply to Nossem:

    I was thinking three in the first quarter, but I hear ya.

  • In reply to Nossem:

    lol!

  • In reply to coachskiles:

    The officiating will determine the results.
    Getting calls and whining is a significant aspect of the Miami offense.
    That's why home court matters so much.
    Don't forget, Bennett Salvador owes us one. But he's not officiating tonight.
    I believe we get Kenny Mauer, who can be tough on the Bulls.
    Dan Crawford who's usually pretty fair. Tony Brothers who gave Luol the call in Miami at the end of the game. And Michael Smith that I don't know that much about.
    Interestingly enough Mauer and Crawford both did the last Heat/Celtics game.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    According to Covers, the betting website, Dan Crawford and Michael Smith are 2 of the top 5 "Homers" in the NBA.
    rank home court record against the spread

    3 Dan Crawford 43-33-2
    4 Michael Smith 36-28-4

  • In reply to Waldock:

    hmmmm....instructive.

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Kind of concerned at how Gasol didn't get any calls today in the OKC-Mem game...Was the league scared of Memphis being in the WCF taking ratings down?

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Stuart Scott said no team that has swept another team in the regular season has lost a 7 game playoff series to that team. Let's not be the first...GO BULLS!

  • In reply to coachskiles:

    Great post as always, Doug. All of our home games in this series are important, because I feel it is the one advantage we have against the Heat. In Year 1 of the Big Three in the playoffs, they have not played their best basketball on the road. These first two games are really important for some of the reasons you stated in your post, Doug. In Year 1, the Heat have never been down in a series. Think about that, a team who has struggled with adversity all season has not felt the first bit of it in the postseason.

    In order to win the series, the Bulls have to protect home-court and win the first two home games. If the Bulls come back to South Beach with a split, I feel the series is all but over. As dominant as the Bulls have been at home this season, the way I'm looking at this is they need eight more home wins until they accomplish their ultimate goal.

    I know that's a strange way of looking at it, but this team has to take advantage of the opportunity in front of them. This will probably be the weakest Heat team they face over the next few years, which is strange to say given how easily the Heat have breezed through their first two series.

    The Bulls have been great in marquee matchups this season because they come out focused and aggressive at the start of the game. I don't expect anymore flat performances at home for the Bulls. They've reached the point where they can't afford any.

    I love our position for Game 1. Underdogs with the homecourt advantage, who still have our rhythm after two days of rest. Lets go get it!!!!

    GO BULLS!!!

  • In reply to coachskiles:

    Good point about seeing how the fouls are going to be called cause like Rose said, its the Bulls against the world cause the critics around the country are picking the Heat to win this series and everyone should know that the NBA wants their team this year, the Heat in the finals with the Lakers being gone. The calls in this series are going to be very key to the outcome of the series.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I really believe that OKC with Westbrook and Durrant against Chicago with DRose is better for the NBA. Promoting the 2 best "young stars". Members of the USA World team and maybe the next Olympic team.

    TV ratings would probably prefer Chicago vs Dallas for their market size.

    It's ESPN that's invested in Miami

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I hope we see lots of Bogans to lock down Wade without double teams. His man defense was amazing much of the time versus Atlanta - makes you understand why Thibs likes him so much.

  • In reply to ironsam:

    Obviously Bogans cannot stay with Wade to stop him. But, if Bogans/Brewer combo can put Wade out of his rhythm...they have done their job. And the other thing is boxing him out. He gets a lot of points on other's misses by finishing at the rim if you don't box him out.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Sure he can, he can "no middle" Wade as well as anyone can on the Bulls.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    game tied at the halftime. What a close match-up ! There will be no blow out in this serie.
    Noah has to do a better job on Bosh.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Agree. Noah has to do a better job on Noah and not trying to help too much. But he is doing a good job on the offensive end though. He knows he has an advantage if he goes to the basket and needs to keep doing that and somehow they need to get Bosh in foul trouble.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    +100. He has just done it gain. Easy dunk for bosh ... Sometimes Asik defends better than noah.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Offence looking good; especially the ability to get extra shots. If letting? Bosh get 40 means we win I can live with that but do agree need to rotate over quicker and make him earn the points.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Yeah TAJ!!!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    C'mon Bulls...put the foot on their throats in the 4th quarter ...Wade is tired

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Good qtr. by the Bulls, half court game looking good and defense holding Miami from getting transition baskets. This is what will give the Bulls the win if they stick to game plan. Also killin them on the boards.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    lets go bulls !!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Man... The Bulls looking like the new Bully on the Block!!! They are playing at their highest level from the first man to thae last guy on the bench!!!

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Just love reading the ESPN HEAT lovers tweets
    http://twitter.com/#!/espn/nba

    Making excuses already LOL

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    It Seems the Boo-yah network was slow to give the Bulls any love this season are having second thoughts. They NOW KNOW!!!!

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    I don't know why Thibs removed his defensive closing rotation of
    Rose, Brewer,Deng, Gibson and Asik. Asik was killing them

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Get Korver out of there. We have a 14 point lead!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    And Boozer. Time to protect the lead with Ronnie and Taj. Derrick/Luol will get the points if needed but with defensive team in can't see Miami clawing this back

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    these refs are a joke, they want to give miami every advantage to try and come back, foul should be on james.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    our defense is outstanding !!! i'm proud of that bulls !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    +10000

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Thats ball game folks. Good blowout win by the Bulls but dont get too excited Bulls fans cause its only game 1 and Miami will make their adjustment for game 2

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Agree Reese. But who have the Heat got to prevent the Bulls on the O Glass? We have all said that if we win the boards big we win and there is no change in that. But the Heat have the uestion of how to stop that and I just don't know that they have the personel to do it. Haslem and Dampier would shore things up but are injured so....

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Man, I wish we were playing 2 days from now. Damn Oprah. Don't lose the juice, boys! If we can play like that every game, Bulls in 5.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    TAJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Holy shit, Taj just dunked over Asik.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Asik should've got his ass out of the way! LOL

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Hey, I just re-designed Miami's jersey. All it needs is a little rearrangement of the letters. Doug, this should speak to you and your feelings about LeBron's ass-hat-ery. http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585850@N07/5724651847/

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Hey, I just re-designed Miami's jersey. Just needed a little rearranging of letters. Hope this speaks to Doug and his feelings about LeBron's ass-hat-ery.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37585850@N07/5724651847/

    (sorry for plaintext link. Actual HTML link get put into approval queue and I can't wait to share :) )

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    My favorite play of the night: Taj's dunks..actually the facial on Wade...some payback on a guy who gets a lot of points by being lazy on running back and getting assists from LeBron.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Not that it ended up mattering, but why wasn't that a foul on Wade, he smacked Gibson in the face.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    What a powerfull slam by TAJ GIBSON !!!!!!! Bulls should never trade this guy !!! Miami heat have just tasted the real bulls ! we aren't the old celtics !!

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Wow!! Taj a wooo..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    man i threw up my keyboard when i saw it !! dammn !

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Not much to complain about tonight, the Bulls put the foot down and stomped Miami's face into the floor.

    Deng made a late case for his inclusion on the all-D team, only the 6th time in his career LeBron has been held to 15 or fewer points in a playoff game.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    DAMN GOOD WIN Bulls, only 1 game tho. Im happy that they won but I almost hate that they blew Miami out cause you know they will be more than ready for game 2... BUT SO WILL THE BULLS!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Yeah they will take us more seriously !! They thought everything was over once they eliminated celtics !!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I am very proud of our team...keep Brewer in!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    A true Ghetto Beatdown of Major Proportions!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I'mk going to make this case... They way Luol Deng has played in this playoffs and the regular season, I would say that he has elevated his status as an elite forward in the league now...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I have to agree. I think he got left off of the all-star team due to the KG. But if the Bulls get to the finals - and especially if they win it all, Deng will be an all star next season assuming he and the Bulls can stay healthy.

  • In reply to magestew:

    I meant to type "due to the reputation from past success of KG and Pierce."

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    he's currently in the process of making the 2012 all star team

  • In reply to Reese1:

    This game just shows how the Miami = dynasty Bulls comparisons don't work. The dynasty Bulls had Grant then Rodman and would never have let the paint be dominated like the Heat did. The Heat are a souffle: so soft in the middle they're prone to collapse under the slightest pressure.

    I do find it funny Kurt Thomas isn't even playing for the Bulls, Miami could have picked him up for 1/3 the cost of Mike Miller and he'd be helping them a ton more.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I wish they played again on Tuesday or maybe not...let it simmer on those 3 d-bags for a while though and make them more nervous.

    More Asik and Taj please...Thibs....I think they will scare the hell out of those guys if the Bulls have even a small lead.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    can someone tell me why the bulls' crowd likes too much when bulls reach 100pts ?

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Free burgers.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    ok i see.

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Tough defense + dominating rebounding = BULLS...and WINS...no matter who the opponent is. When the Bulls are on offense, our bigs have to keep attacking Miami's bigs. And the Bulls have to keep knocking down jump shots. They're not going to beat Miami this bad every time but the formula was on display tonight. They have to stick to it.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Thibs is being rewarded in this series for having faith in his bench all season. He's built 'em up and now they are a valuable asset at his disposal.

  • In reply to Shady:

    When it comes to the way he uses his bench, I'd swear Thibs took a page out of Phil Jackson's book when Phil coached the Bulls. Watson, Brewer, Korver, Gibson, and Asik. The Bulls went 10 deep tonight and everyone contributed.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    We've all said this all season about the Bulls: They play to the level of their opponent. It's worrisome when they play poor to mediocre teams, but it's an asset when they play the best teams. As long as Wade, LeBron, and Bosh stay healthy during the series, the Bulls will play with that sense of urgency that transforms them from a really good team to a GREAT team.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    BULLS

  • In reply to deewaves:

    Not a bad first half.

    I think we'll be okay if we can limit turnovers ...
    No easy fast break points ...
    and keep hitting the glass hard.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    DRose has to do a better job of not having unforced turnovers. I he does that the Bulls win,

  • In reply to Reese1:

    go bulls! to fire everyone up, awesome post just published on chasing 23 detailing all of MJ's playoff gamewinning shots. ah, memories...

    http://chasing23.com/michael-jordan-game-winning-shots/

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Besides Rose playing flawlessly, and probably better than he has ever played for 7 games in a row, the only shot that the Bulls have to win the series is to absolutely destroy the Heat on the boards at both ends.

    This will not be easy because the Heat have 3 guys(Lebron, Wade and Bosh) who can get 10 rebounds in any game, maybe 4(Joel Anthony). When he commits to it Lebron is a dominant rebounder and Wade while not dominant will crash the board hard when needed.

    The Bulls have to attack them with with size and dominate this part of the game, if they do, they have a shot, otherwise none what-so-ever

  • In reply to BigWay:

    bigway how do you think boozer going to do in this series

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    I'm not bigway, but figured I'd throw my thoughts in...I see Boozer having a pretty decent series. I wouldn't say Bosh is an elite defender so if Boozer plays like he did at the end of the Atlanta series, I see him having his way with Bosh. If Joel Anthony switches on him, he is a good defender, but he's only 6'9" or so and I don't think Booz will have too much trouble with him either since he's not that big. Boozer struggles with the bigger, athletic defenders and I don't think Miami's bigs are all that intimidating to him. We'll have to wait and see though, you never know.

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    Humility vs arrogance, winning vs quitting, good vs evil- Derrick Rose will show Lebron what he could have been in this series.

    Go Bulls and go Rose!

    http://bit.ly/kJ7JUz

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    I haven't been so amped for a game since Jordan came out of retirement(first time)....watching the Bulls suffer post-dynasty makes being elite again even sweeter....go BULLS!

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    Wow, TNT guys taking Bulls in 7...SHOCKING. Don't know if that's good or bad. A series like this brings back old feelings before a big game if anyone is an ex ball player. Don't forget Bulls fans, Haslem is in this series.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    FWIW, Barkley has been golden in this post-season on his picks.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    LET'S GET RADY TO RUMBBBBLE!!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Time to Get Down!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Guys, I want to know for those who are on the blog, WHO 'YA WITH!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I gave my prediction earlier, Bulls in 7... a tough emotional 7 game series. Bulls need to win game 1 tho to put the pressure on Miami right away. and Noah, Man is pumped, said he is ready for this. The way he said it says it all.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Ain't he? just saw the interview with Craig Sager. Dude is ready to go to WAR!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Turnovers early has to be butcdown. They have scored 4 pts and DRose has 2 sraight turnovers.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Rose cannot make turnovers against this team..

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    he's trying a little to hard to get everyone involved and not attacking the rim like he's accustomed to. He'll be ok. But he needs to make the simple pass as Thibs said before the game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Bench mob leading the Bulls back!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    What a dunk by Taj!!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Bulls playing well except for the initial turnovers early. You remove all the easy transition points for Miami and the Bulls would hbe leading comfortably.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I know. But what interesting is how Spolstra is going small hoping to use Lebrons speed and quickness against the Bulls bigs. I think that's a bad decision..

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    CJ needs to make some shots. He has been a non-factor in the playoffs...he has reduced minutes. But, he needs to take better shots.
    On the positive side, Taj has come to play in these playoffs

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Well thta can happen if Korver kno cks down some shots. He hasn't done much of that lately. When he does, Watson is so much more effective with the second unit.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    So Miami can just put six players on the floor and there's no penalty whatsoever. Is that right?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Hey they did have to stop play and go back to 5, isnt that enough of a punishment?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    The refe were supposed to call a tech but DIDN'T!!!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Can't be too disappointed with the first half. Too mnay turnovers but that should improve. Continue to attack the glass and get Bosh in foul trouble and a win is predicted

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Bulls Killing the Heat on the offensive glass!!

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Assuming that foul against Asik is assigned to Bosh (As it should be), then Miami will have both Bosh and LeBron in light foul trouble (2 fouls each).

  • In reply to Waldock:

    Thank you, Oprah, for moving the game back!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Only if the Bulls win game, then thank Oprah cause if the Bulls lose, waiting 3 days is going to feel like 3 weeks. Here's to hoping the Bulls can win game 1 thus putting the pressure squarely on Miami and to hoping the Bulls can protect the homecourt throughout the rest of the playoffs.

  • In reply to MikeKeane:

    If the Bulls can keep every game with the Heat to a slow tempo half court game and make them take almost every shot from the perimeter in every game the Bulls chances at winning would be greater. Thibs should also use Thomas in this series. A combination of Thomas, Taj, and Asik should be able to beat any combination of big men that the Heat put on the floor. I will take a Bulls series win if they can win every game at home, using that home court advantage to the fullest. But I know things probably won't work out that way. I know this will be a tough emotional series and on paper the Heat seems like the favorite, but I'm gonna ride with the Bulls defense and Thibs knowing how to slow this Heat team down... BULLS IN 7 TOUGH GAMES HOPEFULLY!!!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    if they can win the first two home games bulls in 6

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