Chicago held LeBron in check. They held Dwyane Wade in check.
They could not hold Chris Bosh in check, and that proved the difference in the game. Chicago is playing Miami like they're the big two, but in two of the three games, Chris Bosh has killed the Bulls on offense because of it.
Miami PFs can knock down 14 foot jumpers
Chicago defended to keep the shot attempts away from LeBron and Wade. They doubled hard, they doubled successfully. They forced the pass. Unfortunately, that play left Chris Bosh or Udonis Haslem with a wide open jumper from the elbow or the baseline.
They knocked down that short mid range jumper all game long. Chris Bosh got so hot hitting those, that he then started hitting some ridiculous jumpers. In the end, Chicago needs to find a way to change up their defense or hope Bosh and Haslem miss that shot next game.
Chicago can only play Korver when one of LeBron or Wade is off the floor
Quite simply, if both are on the floor, they close out too fast for Korver to ever get a clean look, and the mismatch he then causes on the defensive end kills the Bulls. When one of them is off the floor the defensive mismatch isn't so pronounced, nor do the Heat close out as well as they have much less athleticism.
Tom Thibodeau will have to decide whether he wants to keep running that gamble with Korver, but at this point, Miami has consistently killed the Bulls when Korver is on the floor with both Wade/LeBron playing for Miami, I'd adjust to stop attempting that one.
Carlos Boozer finally brought his game
And it's worth noting, that he was at his best playing in the pick and roll with Rose rather than trying to be fed in the low post. I'm surprised Chicago doesn't play more Rose/Boozer pick and roll than they do. Boozer then needs to aggressively shoot the open 12-14 foot jump shot like Bosh did tonight.
Much like Chicago, Miami is giving the Bulls PF the 14 foot jumper. Boozer/Gibson need to take advantage of that.
Derrick tried to force the issue, but couldn't find a seem
Except for his chances in transition, Derrick Rose simply couldn't get into the paint tonight. Miami's defense did an excellent job of bottling him up, and Derrick was unable to get to the line to generate more efficient offense.
The Bulls again took too many last second shots/passes
I think in this game, more so than in game two, the Miami defense played outstanding. Last game, Chicago missed a ton of shots, this game, Miami's defense was extremely tight.
Either way, the Bulls were frequently looking to launch a shot at the end of the shot clock and not getting good looks off.
Chicago is now in a do or die situation in game four. If they don't take the next game, their odds of coming back in this series are virtually none.