Chris Bosh leads the Heat to victory

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.  

Final thoughts

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.

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  • There's nothing too much to say about this game, yes Miami got some home calls but the talent is just too much for the Bulls. I'm not knocking them it's just... it is what it is, three all stars against one. Rose needs help offensively and that's not going to happen til next year i guess. Hopefully they can find some way to tie the series in game 4. Good luck Bulls it will be needed.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    And it's back to defensive rotations, Boozer not helping out on Defense. Fans want to keep taking up for this guy but he is killing the Bulls on offense. And so what he had a little offense... WOW, he is still hurting this team defensively. What did Bosh have 30 points??? that's ridiculous.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Noah was guarding Bosh for most of those points.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I understand that but Boozer was still not rotating on defense.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Perhaps, but the Noah's head was not in this game ... This was a lot more on Noah than Boozer tonight.

    For example ... how many outside jumpers does Bosh need to make before Noah decides to body up on him? Bosh isn't faster than him ... so why in the world is Noah playing 3-4 feet off of him when he's already scored about 20 points on outside jumpers?

    At some point, it just comes down to playing smart, and tonight ... we didn't.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Noah's responsibility is to hedge hard on Wade/James.

    After he does that he recovers to Bosh, but the ball is already there, so he has one of two options. Jump wildly at him initially to disturb the jumper or come at him in a controlled way to defend the drive.

    bosh just took whatever Noah gave him and succeeded. Noah can't be in two places at once though, this was how the Bulls schemed the defense not Noah's individual performance.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Sorry, but you're wrong on this one.

    I watched the replay last night and specifically watched Noah on every play.

    There were several times when Bosh had the ball outside with Noah guarding him one on one for 4 or 5 seconds. Noah played off him like he thought Bosh was going to drive right by him. He played him like he was Lebron James.

    And after finally getting burned by this repeatedly, he bodied up to him once and guess what happened? Yep, Bosh had to get rid of the ball.

    And then the next time it happened? Noah played off and Bosh drilled another baseline jumper over him.

    I'm not worried about Noah's body being in two places at once. It's his mind that looks like it's in two places at once.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    agreed. When he is focused, Bulls are very tough to beat. Get his grandfather in here STAT

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    you know its not going to happen, but this is a perfect time to shake up the rotation. Start Brewer, play Korver when Wade and/or James sits, and close with Bogans. Get CJ Watson out there with Rose a little.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Someone needs to pull a Tonya Harding and go club Bosh before game 4. I can't stand he's little cocky look after he scores.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    *typo: he's should be his

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    My lady watched this game with me, she said he looked like a prison inmate & that his face was just screaming for someone to kick it with a boot :) lol.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Forget Noah, who SUCKED.

    The BULLS' WING SCORING is CRAP. They only had 27 points total.

    Melo averaged 26 by himself in the playoffs this year.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The Knicks offered more than the Bulls could have offered for Melo. For most, that would end the discussion of whether we should still argue about this.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    and I meant to say Boozer is killing the team on defense.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    as he would say, that is what I do, or I do this.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Really it comes down to the fact if you were watching this series not knowing anything about the players and were told Rose was the MVP and Noah was on the all defensive team you'd laugh and say you have to be kidding. The Bulls need a lot more out of their main guys right now.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Atleast Rose is being double-teamed by two quick guys. But, there is no excuse for Noah to be weak on finishing or getting some rebounds. I was like just put your hand up on Bosh and stop him. Bosh was not like LeBron stepping back suddenly and making tough shots. That was some defense on Bosh today from Noah and sometimes Boozer

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Its a double edge sword with boozer what he give u on offense he give up on defense and also please stop playing kover at crunch time shit he suck just as much as boozer does!

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Man it's a lot of fake bulls fan out there I see

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    Relax, there's a lot more fake Miami fans.

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    If I were Thibs, I would start Brewer instead of Bogans next game. There has to be some change by Thibs in terms of personnel...otherwise, the series will go quickly out of hand if he keeps harping on the same old chemistry, defense things and hope it improves. Bogans is useless by just hanging around the 3 pt line when Rose is unable to get a good pass to him. Atleast Brewer is around the baseline. Bogans doesn't even have the athleticism to finish inside against the Heat.
    The other thing is the only free shot Korver got was getting Deng in front of him and taking Korver's defender away from Korver. Korver cannot by himself get free and somebody else like Deng has to help him.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I agree with you 100%. But I think we both know that isn't going to happen at this stage of the game.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Taj scored 11 in only 12 minutes why did he only play 12 minutes.

    I don't know what it is, but there is something about the look on Bosh's face that just makes me want to smack him, actually I think that I do know what it is, but I am not at liberty to say.

    I hope that Asik's leg/ankle is O.K.

    Also, I would like to see a few minutes of Kurt Thomas just to see if he can muck things up a bit, I know that he would have put the wood on Lebron at the 2 minute mark(4rth). James beat Deng(and Rose on the pick) on a drive down the lane and Boozer stepped away at the rim and rolled out the red carpet for James to make a layup.

    I don't care how many points he scores, unless it is Wilt or Michael numbers he gives up at least 2 for everyone he scores.

    If Boozer hadn't played a single minute in this series, the Bulls might be up 3-0. He is literally Miami's six man on offense. It is hard to guard the big 2+1 when playing 4 on 6 on defense. In fact they only become the big 3 when Boozer is on the floor.

    If Rose doesn't step up his performance, he is going to get the Dirk Nowitski, David Robinson treatment all offseason and into the next.

    I am not really crushed by this loss, as I thought getting to the ECF was the best that we could hope for this season anyway.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    For me it is less his face and more the E.T. neck thing he has going on. That and the primordial girlie scream.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Bigway I super agree I just wish and hope we will be able to move boozer and kover in the off season

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Man Noah have been playing crap!

  • In reply to BigWay:

    This series is a super money maker for TNT & NBA

    The Bulls will be given every opportunity to even it on Tuesday.

  • In reply to bulls6:

    totally agree!

  • In reply to bulls6:

    Now what happened in this game was pretty serious. Boozer had a great game, but defensively he sucked. Some has said that Noah was on bosh for most of the time. True but for those uncontested dunks and putbacks it was Boozer and when Noah had to rotate and bring help, Bozzer was nowhere to be found on his rotatio. Doug that's why Thibs keep saying it's the defense not the offense. Also I feel that we have to be vert honest as to understanding what ammo we are going to war with.

    1.) We have only ONE player who can create a shot on his own. Miami has James, Wade, Chalmers and Bosh to a degree. Thats very difficult for your point guard who has to score and get others involved. NBA offenses that are`successful are those that command double teams. Right now Rose it the onlt Bulls player that can command that type of respect. Also with Noah and Bogans on the floor, you have 2 non-scorers. When Boozer's not effective that 3 non-scorers on the floor. You just can't win that way with those type of limitations whith your offense.

    2.) Thibs is stubburnly going with the pick and roll with DRose and Noah. This is only effective if Noah can find an open man on the wing or at the bucket. He's being asked to find the open man. If Thibs want to use pick and roll, he needs to use Deng or Korver because they can hit an open jump shot. In other words, not pick and roll but pick and pop. (Where's Kurt Thomas?) Finally if they are going to use Noah in a pick and roll situation, please have him look for his shot in the middle on the dive. It's there ALL DAY LONG!!!

    3.)There has to be pressureplaced on Miami's defense to protect the rim. If DRose doesn't get to the rim, who does? Well I've been suggesting that Thibs goes small using CJ Watson at the point with DRose at the 2 guard position. Someone who can drive and create with DRose has to be used with him. Thibs has to change his rotation some to get some results at the rim. PLEASE PLAY WATSON AND ROSE IN THE BACKCOURT AT LEAST 3-5 Minutes every quarter. If he does this somebody will be paired with Bibby or Mike Miller on the floor.

    4.) What to do with Kyle Korver. Since he is a defensive liability, his offensive potential is a non-factor. If he can't guard anyone then sit him and play Rasual Butler. GaxPax signed this guy. He's a great shooter, decent defender and he's in uniform. He has shown in limited minutes he can be an asset. But if Kyle korver can score because his D is so bad and has to be glued to the bench, use Butler. He's in uniform. It can't be any worse. Give the guy some run and see what he can do. If you don't play him, then you have a shorter bench than you believe.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Sorry for the typos guys.. Ima little pissed at Thibs right now...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    The only adjustments Thibs seem to be make is on the defensive end. He has had a problem on offense all season with no addressing. The purpose of a bench is to find the player and/or match up that ignites the team then thats how u determine the minutes they will play. To make Miami make adjustments something they haven't had to do since Game 1. If anything I would match Korver up against Haslem because he is not going to take that many shots so he doesn't become a defensive liability instead of trying to put him up against Wade or James. There is no ball movement, everything must go thru Rose otherwise they act like they cant play basketball. Rose was not there to get them to the NBA so stop depending on him to do everything offensively. That don't even have set plays to run when the offense becomes stagnant. I'm disappointed because they actually can beat Miami if they play offensivly like they do on defense.

  • In reply to jclass:

    Whoever Korver is guarding is used to pick the ball forcing Korver to switch to the ball, hedge and recover or fight through the screen. His limitations cause problems on all three.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    I'd rather Bogans takes Korver's minutes than Butler. Bogans has been a better shooter than Butler over the last couple of years, and has played rotation minutes all year with the team rather than only having a couple of garbage time outings to learn the system.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    as crazy as it sounds I'm all for Bogans getting more time, Brewer & Watson too. Play Korver when Wade/James sits

  • In reply to bulls6:

    yep, this series is going seven, NBA clearly wants that. Game 1 was the highest rated BBall game ever on cable, that was just game 1.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    The Bulls have no offense and Tib's is not committed to utilizing his bench. What is the purpose of bringing in Butler Kurt Thomas skilled veterans that can help offensively and defensively. I feel he is being outcoached at this point. You have no players under the basket for offensive rebounds most of the time because they are running down the court once a shot is in the air. If the player they are guarding is still there to get the rebound then why are they running back. You don't need your whole defense to be set just those players that are on the exterior of the play once the ball is shot. Korver can get an open shot because they don't set screens or picks for him to like a Kobe, or Ray Allen. I can go on and on. The Bulls don't even shot the ball to make it in the basket they just throw it up to the backboard hoping to get a call. It's hard for me to understand how Noah had a in the post game and jumpshot in college now he is scared to shot the ball.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    But I said the bulls will lose game 3 and felt like they will win game because that's the must win one right there can't come back home 3-1

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    I know they can do it, but I pray they win game 4...it's the biggest game of the season at this point!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Wrong headline again.

    "PAXSON & FORMAN's lack of MELO TRADE at the deadline causes another loss to the Heat."

    That's way better.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Do you only show up on here after the Bulls lose?

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    He's mentally challenged ... it's best to just ignore him.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    You're right, that's for bringing me back...I'm just so pissed right now after watching that game that I couldn't help myself!

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    Yeah, very understandable ...
    It's frustrating that we had so many mental errors out there tonight.
    We're gonna need to clean those up before Tuesday.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    As The critics say, a young team has to go through growing pains before they can reach their goal, I guess this is what The Bulls will have to go through.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    It sure looks that way right now.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    Doug, a little disappointed that your game recap didn't mention anything about the poor officiating. It was definitely worse in the 1st half IMO, but it seemed like the refs had Miami jerseys on under their stripes. I'm not trying to make excuses and say that's the only reason for the loss cause it wasn't, but it definitely limits a team's ability to play aggressive D when the game isn't getting called evenly on both ends of the court.

    Just curious, did you leave it out cause you thought it was officiated pretty fairly or just forgot to mention it? It doesn't seem like I'm the only one that saw it that way so just curious if you disagree or not.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    Why mention it? Miami has too much offense and the Bulls don't. It sucks but it is what it is. 3 all stars vs 1 will not get it done on most nights.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I agree with the "Why mention it?" theme ... but for different reasons.

    The officiating was pretty poor, and we got screwed on quite a few more calls than the Heat.

    But ... I figure, why mention it when the Bulls aren't forcing the issue.
    When you take poor shots ... shots at the end of the shot clock after running it all the way down ... not playing aggressively ... and not forcing the officials to make calls, then how can we complain.
    If we'd played hard and smart tonight, and the officiating had been the same, THEN I would have a lot more to say about it.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Very good points, just thought I'd throw it out there for some discussion. They definitely need to play more aggressively by attacking the basket and force the officials to make a call.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I think Silverwulf has a point about not mentioning it cause the Bulls aren't forcing the issue, but 3 all stars vs 1 is not a reason not to mention it. I know it's the NBA and a "superstars league", but a foul should be a foul, all star or not. Good point, but I have to disagree with your reasoning behind it.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    this just in Boozer had his shot blocked by his gym bag on the way out to the bus.

    Every single Miami basket at the rim, features Boozer standing there watching( or should I say backing away to get as far under the rim or backboard as possible.

    Again not even one single defensive foul, the guy has to be the biggest pussy bodybuilder power forward in the history of the world, but hey he probably looks good on the beach, too bad for us it isn't South Beach.

    Rose is really struggling with Miamis athleticism and length, also he playing with his head down too much, as evidenced by his lack of assists.

    Where is Charles Oakley, or Maurice Lucas when you need him.

    Wade and Lebron shoot 12-30 and Miami still shoots 50% from the field.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Boozer had a defensive foul ... while the ball was out of bounds.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    We had more shots and we out rebound them and still lost

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Rose game 1 28points game 2 21points game 3 20points what's up with the MVP

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    What's up with the MVP? A 3pt jump shot that's still a work in progress and really good defense by the Heat.

  • In reply to jaymccray:

    Kerr summed up the Bulls problem vs. the Heat perfectly when he said the Bulls don't have as many 2-way (offense/defense) players as the Heat.

    Korver can knock down 3's but he can't guard anybody in the Heat rotation. Boozer can score but everyone knew when the Bulls brought him in that he can't defend worth a damn. Rose's defense is better than it was his first 2 seasons, but like his 3 pointer, his defense is still a work in progress. Noah, Bogans and Brewer are all outstanding defenders but none of them are real threats on offense.

    Haslem can defend well and knock down the mid range jumper even with a hand in his face. Bosh isn't a lock down defender and he can be muscled in the paint, but he's a better defender than Boozer and he can use his length to contest shots in the paint. Wade and James are outstanding on both ends of the court.

    The Heat have the personnel to exploit the Bulls' two weaknesses: lack of a second creator on offense and inconsistent outside shooting. With help from Pat Riley, the Heat have the coaching know-how to put their players in the right position to exploit those two weaknesses.

    I can't see the Bulls pulling this thing out without shooting better from the perimeter. They don't all have to be 3pt shots, either. Mid-range and long-range 2's would be enough if only they could knock them down consistently.

  • In reply to magestew:

    If you evaluate the Bulls roster like you would evaluate the Heat...the only two-way player is Deng and he can't take his defender off the dribble most of the time. I think Rose is almost there with his defense. I think Rose has just been over-whelmed in this series with all the attention and scheming to play defense. Honestly, Taj is the 3rd best 2-way player on this team and that tells everything about our roster.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Exactly.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    I debated about mentioning it, but I didn't think it was atrociously bad. I did mention it on twitter a few times.

    There were definitely bad calls that went against the Bulls at very key spurts of the game, but they weren't overwhelmed by the refs in any way.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I think the only thing keeping it from being atrociouysly bad was that it wasn't close in the 4th quarter. The refs took control of it early, then backed off.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Melo or bust lol

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Fellas..Fellas.., It's just 2-1 Miami. Thibs has to make certain adjustments for game 4. If the Bulls win that then they tie Miami 2-2 and come home for a pivital game 5.

  • Noah has to show up. If you are Noah and get 2 fouls, still play aggressively. You are not Rose or Deng. Their is depth at your position. It is impossible if he gets 1 pt and 5 reb. And on top of it, you let Bosh go off for 30+ points. I think Thibs has to dust off Kurt Thomas with Boozer. Boozer rebounds pretty well inside and Thomas will give some spacing for Rose and Boozer. I was very disappointed with Noah.
    Does anybody else think that Rose drives well to the basket when Asik is out there because of the pick he sets compared to Noah?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Concerning Noah, this is part of the problem as well ...

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=6577115

    Head is NOT in the game right now ... and if it was what some people were saying, Joakim may be considerably lighter in the wallet come Tuesday.

    It's time for some Focus Joakim.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    I feel that's the issue with Noah. He needs to tone down a little bit of his frenzied play and behavior. It is not working consistently and only works once in a while. While I appreciate his passion, even Deng and Rose are passionate. But, I feel Noah's BB IQ is disappointing and I think he is a much smarter person than he is showing right now.

  • Derrick Rose needs to step up and be that MVP. Sickens me that LeBron's name is being chanted as MVP (and yes I know it's in Miami but it still pisses me off). Rose can get into those modes that nothing can stop him but I just haven't seen it lately. If he's the true MVP it's time for him to STEP UP!

  • In reply to DannyV:

    don't take the MVP chants personally. Would it have bothered you if we won the game? The Heat fans are just rabid idiots.

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