Predicted adjustments for game two

With the Miami Heat getting blown out against the Chicago Bulls, there's definitely going to be adjustments.   After watching the game again last night and trying to break down the offensive play making for Chicago, I came up with my best guess as to how Miami decides to adjust to Chicago, and what Chicago can do to prepare for these adjustments in advance.

Prediction #1: Miami starts trapping under the screen

The play that worked most successfully for Chicago was a Derrick Rose screen and roll with a big man.   Derrick Rose would routinely hit the pass to the big man who'd cut to the basket.   That man would be cut off from weak side help defending Chicago's other big man.

Chicago's other big man would be left alone or with someone considerably smaller coming to help from outside position.   This left him open for a possible shot attempt on a good pass or in prime offensive rebounding position leading to many of the Bulls offensive boards.

Miami will decide that they lost the game due to the crisp interior passing of Chicago and offensive rebound tries and will be forced to change up this action.

I'm guessing they go to a light trap with Derrick Rose where the guard plays under the screen and the big man floats back to trap the drive rather than going into a hard press.   This will give Derrick open threes and long twos, or force him to try and beat the big man hard to the outside.

It also leaves the Chicago big man in a better position for a pick and pop than a pick and roll, as the interior pass will be tougher with the Miami big man floating back.   Derrick Rose can defeat this defense by knocking down shots, hitting the pick and pop, or cutting hard and drawing fouls trying to go baseline on the big man going fading back.

Prediction #2: We see LeBron and Wade force the issue even when it's stupid

This isn't something I picked up on film, but my intrinsic take on human nature.   Exclude the big three and exclude House/Haslem (both 0-1) who only played in garbage time, and the Heat shot 7/14, a respectable conversion on looks for the supporting cast.

Chris Bosh shot 12/18 and received the vast majority of his looks due to the Bulls intense pressure on Wade and LeBron.  

Combined, those players shot 59% from the field.   The Heat had to take the ball out of Wade/LeBron's hands, but when they actually moved the ball, things went pretty well for the Heat.   When they didn't move it well enough things went worse.

My expectation is that Wade/LeBron decide more ISO will resolve this problem regardless of what their coach says.  It's an unreasonable solution to a non problem, but I don't think their egos will allow anything else.

It's also likely that they perform better next game, drive harder, and attempt to force fouls to get to the free throw line.    The Bulls need to adjust by continuing their present hard trapping defense and focusing on getting their feet set outside the circle for charge calls, and not biting on pump fakes when they shoot.   If they make tough perimeter shots, then so be it, but no bailing them out by letting them dive into you for free throws.

Prediction #3: Thibodeau goes with more Derrick Rose / Kyle Korver screen and rolls

The Bulls created very good looks off this play, and they'll continue to do so, because the way to defend it is so unique relative to another screen and roll.  

When Kyle Korver sets the screen and rolls out to the three point line, the correct trapping defense is to either have a third player come into the picture to guard Korver or a third player come into the picture to help trap Rose.  A fourth player then needs to rotate in from the weak side to pick up the defender the third strong side player leaves, and the 5th player needs to rotate to pick up the 4th mans guy or play a zone of sorts.

The other option is to just go hard under the Korver screen or switch all together since Korver's defender may not be at a considerable disadvantage against Rose anyway depending who defends Korver.   However, both options give Rose a lot of opportunity to win a one on one battle and get off a high quality shot or draw a foul.

Miami has shown struggles when their whole defense needs to rotate given that they don't have enough size or athleticism outside of LeBron and Wade.   This play likely yields open three point looks for Korver which the Heat may live with given Korver's relatively cold shooting over the past few games.

Prediction #4: Miami starts leaking out to get transition baskets

The Heat stopped leaking out aggressively once Chicago started dominating the glass, however, that didn't help them on the glass and just cost them transition opportunities.  

I look for the Heat to fight the Bulls offensive rebounding by attempting to overwhelm them in transition.  If Chicago leaves their big men back attacking the glass then let LeBron and Wade hit transition in a four on four without a shot blocker in the paint.

They're both deadly in that scenario.   If they make enough baskets, they may force Chicago's hand on how aggressively it attempts to get the offensive boards.   That said, if I'm Chicago, I know I have multiple big men capable of defending the paint, so I focus hard on getting one big man back to defend and letting one attack the glass and hope to force Miami to stop the strategy.

Final thoughts

Game two is a must win for Miami.   Chicago has some cushion in that a tied series isn't the worst place for them to be, but a win for Chicago puts enormous pressure on the Heat.  If Chicago can find a way to win game two, then I think Miami begins to crack under the pressure, and the Bulls have an excellent chance to close it out.

Quite frankly, if Chicago wins game two, this series is all but over as it's awfully difficult to imagine the Bulls losing four out of five to Miami in the remaining games.  As such, I look for the Heat to come out with desperation.

The key for Chicago will be to survive the early surge and find ways to punish the Heat if their desperation causes some lack of discipline.

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  • Nice job, Doug.

    You alluded to what I find to be the most fascinating question of game 2 - do the Heat come out and play as a team or again rely on individual talent?

    I also agree that the Heat are going to come out with guns blazing and that the Bulls need to absorb that charge. If the Heat don't have a lead at half, they're in serious trouble.

  • Good analysis! A team that has pretty much run ISO's all season long is not going to efficiently change that in a couple of days. They may run a couple of plays, but when the going gets tough, they will revert back to what has become instinct to them which is the isolation play for Lebron & Wade. Luol talked about how the Bulls have been playing defense like this all season long so it's become instinct to them and they don't even have to think through it anymore. The isolation offense is the exact same for the Heat.

  • I disagree that this is a "must win" for Miami. The home team is supposed to win its games, all else being equal, and if the Bulls win and go up 2-0, they did what they were supposed to do. Then, if Miami wins the next two game on their home floor, it's a tied series.

    Sure, it's a "would really like to win" game for both team, but not a "must win", which IMO would be game 3 in Miami should the Bulls win tomorrow.

  • In reply to kozzer:

    I see your point about taking care of home games and it not being a must win for Miami, but I think Doug's point was that Miami has shown all season long that they haven't been able to perform under pressure so it's a must win because a 2-0 deficit would be a ton of pressure and near impossible to come back and win 4 out of 5 against a team that hasn't lost more than 2 in a row all season.

  • In reply to kayak0109:

    I can see that, but if Miami is that emotionally fragile, then this series is already over.

    And I don't think it is...

  • In reply to kozzer:

    Maybe I'm thinking too simplistic, but the only adjustment/change that I think Miami has to make in Game 2 is to no longer go small. "Z" should suit up and Spoelstra needs to stop his Scott Skiles impersonation.

    If you think about it, Miami's defensive game plan worked. They wanted to limit our penetration into the lane and they did. The Heat didn't expect us to shoot twenty-one 3's and make them at a 47% clip (we were 36% in the regular season).

    The Heat just need to figure out how to score some points and they will with LeBron and Wade. They'll sort it out.

    Game 2 ought to be a good one.

  • In reply to BigUps:

    Actually, I think going bigger isn't likely to help them much.

    Commentators made a big deal about it, but Ilgauskas isn't going to stop anyone at the rim or keep any of the Bulls big men off the glass.

    Neither is Jamaal Magloire or Erick Dampier.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    While I agree, I think they have to toss size out there no matter what. It has to help a little. Has too.

    However, this may hurt them in transition offense a little bit. That's their bread and butter. But if we keep hitting shots like we have, they'll never get to their transition offense.

  • In reply to BigUps:

    I think it it puts them at such a speed deficit that they'll be hurt more in other ways, but we'll see.

    I think once they have to sit down Joel Anthony that they're best playing small rather than playing with bigs who stink badly.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    IMO, Miami

  • In reply to fsalomon:

    And now it seems they will change the lineup again...

  • In reply to BigUps:

    Not only would it hurt them in transition offense, tossing the Big Z's and Magloires of the world out there against Derrick Rose is basically inviting him to get get 18 foul shots tomorrow night.

  • In reply to Number2:

    Exactly! The Heat have to decide whether going big to help their defensive rebounding is worth compromising their defense against pick and rolls and penetration. Anthony did a great job on pick and roll defense, and helping on Rose penetration. That cost the Heat on the glass though. Can Bosh be physical enough to make a difference while keeping Anthony on the floor?

  • In reply to Number2:

    Good analysis, Doug.

    I think the Heat will put the ball much more in LeBron's hands as a point-forward in a half-court set. Much like DRose, he'll try to be the decision maker on offense. He'll look to penetrate off the dribble, screens, pick-n-rolls, etc, then make balanced decisions to either pass out of hard traps to open teammates (probably Spoeltra's preferred first option, with an emphasis on the smart second pass to swing to the weak side), or continue to the rim aggressively to score or get fouled. He won't be looking to score as much as he'll be trying to facilitate. How well the Bulls' are able to defend both options (by multiple efforts, as Thibs like to say) will determine if they can keep the Heat out of the paint and limit any open, uncontested shots.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    1. If the Bulls want to make LeBron and Wade go more ISO, the game needs to be close in the first half or they need to put some pressure on the other guys(or other guys should miss shots in the first half). That will make those guys lose trust and ditch the game plan of passing
    2. About the great 3 pt shooting, it was obviously because of offensive rebounds. The defense breaks down as everybody is talking about and somebody will get open shots with feet set. It was funny watching Joel and Bibby crawling towards Rose on a rebound.
    3. The Refs might be the biggest adjustment in this game. They are a new set of refs and will definitely call the game differently. If the Bulls start getting into foul trouble, they cannot play aggressive defense especially Deng and Noah.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    That's my biggest fear: the refs. There was a lot of contact on both ends but the refs let them play. With exception of them not calling a tech when Miami had 6 players on the floor, I have no complaints. If they call game 2 like game 1, the Bulls will be in good shape.

  • In reply to magestew:

    I hope Thibs/Bulls knows who the new set of refs are and is going through tape on how they call in general especially in the playoffs.
    LeBron/Wade are smart enough to know that if they are more aggressive(and they need to be), they will get some calls. Hopefully, the HCA will offset that a little bit on the refs with the crowd screaming.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Refs are officially announced the day of the game. Joey Craword is working tonight.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Good analysis like always. I can't agree more that the key is for the Bulls to survive the early surge. I expect the Heat to go extra aggressive from the start. With James and Wade leading the surge along with Bosh I won't be surprised if the Heat will be difficult to stop offensively early in the game. When Wade and James catch fire it's usually almost impossible to stop. The Bulls need to match this or at least keep it close. Thibs been making his name out of halftime adjustment, like in game 1, The Bulls kept it close and defensive adjustment was enough to push the Bulls through. Can't wait for Game 2.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    TOUCHE!!! Miami's bigs SUCK! If people think they are going to get better because Z, Jamal and Dampier plays, they are nuts! Miami has been exposed. The only way they can rebound is if Joel Anthony does it and Wade and LeBron do it by committee. Also LeBron and Wade has to post up more to get to line. Better ball movement can help, but if the Bulls can close out on the Heat jump shooters it might be just moot!

  • In reply to BigUps:

    Great insight about Lebron and Wade forcing the issue in game two out of instinct, not necessity.

    I keep thinking about how we would react if we were Heat fans. We'd probably be saying, "there's no way Chicago can shoot like that for four games. If we play our game and tighten up on the boards, this series is ours."

    We'd also call this game a wake up call and say that it would inspire extra energy/effort in game two. Unfortunately in MIA's case that may generate unwarranted iso plays. Genius.

    Of course both Lebron and Wade have the potential to take over a game, even when they're taking dumb shots.

  • In reply to mrasmussen11:

    True, the Bulls aren't likely to shoot that well in three more games in this series. I also don't think Wade and James are dumb enough to run nothing but isolation plays that would hurt their team. Even if the Bulls don't shoot as well as game 1, it just makes the games closer. The key for the Bulls is to keep rebounding well, which they should, and not turn the ball over. That would allow the Heat to shoot a much higher percentage than the Bulls or get many more free throw attempts, both of which are receipes for losing.

  • In reply to efaily:

    They could. A lot of good passes & open shots in game 1. They still didn't shoot the lights out, or even outshoot Miami for that matter.

  • In reply to efaily:

    Does anyone else feel that DRose was just taking it easy in game 1, since the rest of the team was performing well? Hasn't he been doing that all season? I know he got many of his points off outside shooting, but i never felt that it was Miami that was stopping him. If so, this needs to be factored into any thoughts that the Heat LIMITED our penetration. If Wade or James goes "OFF", why could't DRose go "OFF"? He is the MVP.

  • In reply to fanbeforejordan:

    Yes, Rose took it "easy"

    For one game, Rose wasn't required to be Superman.

    He played easy and within himself. And is well rested for game #2.

  • In reply to efaily:

    With two days of practice, I have a hard time believing Wade and LBJ force the issue early. If they are down in the second half, I could see them trying to go one on one more often, but unless they completely tune out Spoelstra, they will make a concerted effort to swing the ball side to side. The most important thing to do will be to box out Wade and LBJ so they don't get any demoralizing putbacks. And to keep Bosh off of the boards.

  • In reply to efaily:

    Hey Doug, good analysis.

    Couple of things

    1. Turnovers and steals. Heat thrive on turnovers to create easy transition baskets. I expect Miami's D to be more aggressive and gambling more.

    2. Rebounds. I think LBJ will take this on himself and rebound more. He is the closest player to do a Big O (ave triple double for a whole season) and has the ability of being a double digit rebounder.

    3. Foul calling. Though I hate being a conspiracy theorist I really believe the refs will have a big say in the outcome of Game 2. LBJ and DWade WILL attack the defence more. If the refs call every touch foul (which they generally didn't do in Game 1) then 30+ free throws is a certainty for the Heat as well as getting our bigs in foul trouble. Yes we have depth but I prefer to dictate the rotations and not because of foul trouble that can and does take players out of their flow.

    But all that said. Bring it Miami. The Bulls will be ready for the challenge.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    1)its easier to gable & create turnovers when you have fresh legs. Give credit to the Bulls for limiting turnovers in the 2nd half, but Miami relies so much on James & Wade, and they were clearly tired during that half.

    2) I could see that. He also enjoys trowing outlets to Wade who enjoys leaking out. Still, James isn't grabbing many boards over Noah, Gibson, Asik, & Boozer.

    3) Agree completely. Miami themselves don't scare me or even concern me all that much, but the officiating associated with them does. Wonder who the crew will be Wednesday. We got some fair offcials Sunday, even seemed at times like some good home cookin, but not overly so. Going to Miami that concerns me even more.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    As to your 3rd point.
    The Bulls have received a great deal of extremely positive attention for their defense in general and against the Heat specifically. see Charles Barkley, etc
    Normally, a team with a reputation for outstanding D is allowed to get away with a little more and a team that bangs a little more plays better D.
    Hopefully, the Bulls are on the good side of this cycle.
    It should be that once you've made it to the Conference Finals both teams at a minimum get equal star treatment. Although, that was never true with MJ.

  • In reply to mrasmussen11:

    If all those 3's were 2's the Bulls would've still won by 11. If they hit 5 3pointers instead of 10, that's still a 6 point advantage. The 3's made it a blowout but the key to the win was their old tried and true rebounding and defense.

    I expect game 2 to be much closer but the Bulls won't have to make a lot of adjustments to Miami's adjustments. Thibs' defensive system reminds me of Tex Winter's triangle in that it's compatible to most any situation.

    The Bulls have to stick to the fundamentals of the defensive system, react quickly, be consistent with their rotations, and keep their intensity level high. If they do that, they'll grind out 3 more wins in the 6 games remaining.

  • In reply to mrasmussen11:

    I think Doug is pretty spot-on with his analysis. You look at the box score and one would think Doug's suggestions make sense.

    But to me, the problem for the Heat is this: Their strength just got destroyed by the Bulls' strength. The reason Z and Dampier were inactive (and not playing much previously) is that the Heat realized the last few months that they are best with Bosh at 5, Lebron at 4, Jones at 3, Wade at 2, Chalmers at 1. This lineup alows them to get out in transition and beat you on fast breaks in the open court, and drive and kick in the half court. Usually.

    The problem is the Bulls have the exact personnel to stop this kind of small lineup. They'll offensive-rebound you to death, and they have 4's and 5's that can guard Lebron and Bosh effectively one-on-one.

    I previously thought Bulls in 6. But after game 1, I think the Bulls are the antedote for the Heat problem. I now see Bulls in 5...I would say sweep but you have to think there will be one game where Wade and/or Lebron just go off, indefensibly.

  • In reply to BigUps:

    As a Bulls fan, I love hearing all the focus being on the Heat adjusting to rebound better. Especially if it means keeping James and Wade back to rebound. Rebounding is the one Bulls team strength they can count on. Miami may reduce the advantage somewhat with adjustments, but they won't become a better rebounding team than the Bulls no matter what they do. The one thing I hope they don't do is focus on Doug's predication #4. The Heat's greatest strength is getting out in transition. The key for the Bulls in this series is to limit their tendency for careless turnovers. That leaves defensive rebounds as the only method for the Heat to get out and run, which they'll have a more difficult time doing. I think this series comes down to which team maximizes it's strength to the point of forcing the other team to compromise it's strength.

  • In reply to efaily:

    I love it. Everyone was touting Miami's rebounding in the 1st 2 rounds, particularly the big 3's, but Boston & Philly are weak rebounding teams (18th & 19th in reb differential). What can Miami do? Thjey are not going to limit the minutes of Bosh, Wade, or James. They are not going to play 2 big men with Bosh. Whomever is at PG won't help. Their only solutions are better effort, a bigger center like Big Z which really won't help b/c he's too slow, or as Doug predicts, countering it with transition, but even that is risky and doesn't help on offensive rebounding.

  • In reply to kozzer:

    96% of a time a team goes down 0-2 they lose the series.

    Game 2 is a must win for Miami.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Certainly the Bulls would have the edge, but I feel like that stat doesn't really apply, for two reasons. First, that includes all the 1st and 2nd round series where the home team is significantly better than the road team (#1 vs #8, #1 vs #4, etc) and so that inflates the stats. Secondly, because while the Bulls have shown they are a good road team, they haven't proven anything yet at this level. I've seen other teams lose the first two on the road and then come back to win the series (Bulls in '93 vs the Knicks comes to mind).

    But, in the end, it's probably just semantics in that I treat the phrase "must win" with a lot more emphasis on "must", essentially taking it to mean an elimination game or something close to it. And while historical stats are on the Bulls' side should they win game two, that means absolutely nothing in the context of this series other than the Heat have to win 4 out of 5, with 3 of them in Chicago. The Bulls have consistently shown that when they're feeling good about themselves, they play like crap. Going up 2-0 would almost certainly make them feel too good about themselves.

    Let's hope I'm wrong, the Bulls win game 2 and the series is over in 5 games.

  • In reply to kozzer:

    There are a couple of things which will make it tough for the Bulls:
    1. It is tough to beat a good/decent team 4/5 times in a row. They beat the Heat 4 times now but they are due almost for a letdown in a way.
    2. LeBron/Wade will play with more aggression with their whole team's focus being better for one game at the minimum. The "REFS" will determine this 2nd game in a way on how they call it.

    That said, if the Bulls win the 2nd game...it's kind of over. The reason is the mental toughness and focus to win 4 games in 5 tries is very difficult and I sincerely doubt the Heat have that especially against a tough/physical team like the Bulls.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    While I agree with your points (though let's hope the refs call a good game like they did in game 1), I don't agree with the conclusion that the series is over if the Bulls take games 1 and 2.

    Again, the home team, all things being equal, is *supposed* to win. So let's say the Bulls win game 2. Then Miami wins game 3. It's only a 2-1 lead. Game 4 becomes huge, and should Miami win that, it's now a 3 game series tied 0-0.

    In any case, should the Bulls win game 2, I certainly hope they aren't thinking that it's even close to over.

  • In reply to kozzer:

    In theory, that's true, but in practice, that almost never happens.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    maybe its just semantics, but almost & must are 2 words that don't really go together

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I think the Heat gave their best effort in game 1, despite what Spoelstra says, so even if it was a must win, I don't think anthing changes other than James & Wade trying to take over more as you point to in #2. I agree that that will be counter productive, unless it sends them to the line 20+ times combined.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I hope you're right, and the Bulls take game 2.

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  • In reply to DougThonus:

    I can totally see Miami trying to draw cheap fouls and fully expecting them to be called just because of who they are.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    As I said before(along with a cavalcade of others), IMO if the Bulls win Game 2 they will win the series. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

    Accordingly the money/ratings/star calls are going to come for LeBron and Wade when it counts in the second half. I think the refs definitely call a much tighter game with Taj, Omer, and Jo picking up fouls for farting. I'd expect probably at least two key Bulls big defenders in foul trouble. Probably whoever is playing well/being most effective.

    If you disagree with NBA/Stern money agendas with no transparency/independence in refereeing that's cool. But we can certainly agree the Bulls will get less license to play D/tighter game, and Bron and Wade will get trips to the line/star calls which occur more in second halfs. With defense being somewhat nullified I expect the Bulls will have to have game long offensive contributions from several players. If Derrick, Jo, and Booz have respectable offensive games then I think Chicago probably wins. Course the Bench Mob can't shrink in this one. This is it. We need them to contribute. And the Bulls as a team not choking up the ball with turnovers in the biggest game of their lives is critical. I like Ronnie's defense, and baseline opps off of doubles. I expect Heat franchise/Riley's rules to emerge for Miami with very agressive half court extended double teams. And they will front post bigs. If the Bulls plan for this with running big screens to Derrick(which they haven't done as other elite NBA teams do), along with seals, and cross lane interior passes from big to big they'll be in good shape. To me this is the game where key players Lu, Booz, and Jo have to come through. If they do Derrick will find a way to take them home.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I think they will try to start Z this time. He not only provides a big body on Noah to get rebounds because he won't be running around so much defending. Also, on offense the Bulls(specifically Noah) cannot neglect his man like Anthony or Magloire to run and help. That way, it gives more freedom for LeBron and Wade to make plays. Plus, Z can make some jump-shots easily and especially over Boozer/Gibson. Off-course, Rose will have a field day on the line but maybe they will take the risk of leaving Bogans/Brewer wide open.

  • In reply to kozzer:

    I agree that you don't let a series slip until you lose a home game, but with the Bulls having home court advantage...going up 2-0 then 1-1 in Miami would set them up to finishing out the series at home in game 5.
    GO BULLS!!! :-)

  • In reply to kozzer:

    I think the Bulls should be more concerned about making offensive adjustments than defensive ones. Their defense is so fundamentally sound that - as long as they keep playing with a lot of energy and stick to the script - they'll be in good position to counter whatever Miami throws at them in the half court.

    I expect Miami to trap Rose more often, more aggressively and earlier in the possession to force turnovers and get into their running game. The Bulls have been susceptible to it in the regular season and the playoffs. It seems to take them by surprise initially. They have to be ready for that.

    Not only does Rose have to look for the traps, his teammates have to be ready to rotate offensively to give Rose good passing angles out of the trap. And as always, the shooters need to knock down outside shots and the bigs need to keep attacking the rim to pay for trapping Rose.

  • In reply to kozzer:

    Bulls haven't lost a game with a worthy oppenent since before the New Year!
    Outside of Lebron, Wade, maybe Bosh the Heat are very mediocre!
    The Bulls Bench Mob kicks just about any teams butts, but especially the Heat's!
    I'd love for Gibson to start as I think he is better with Noah, but the Bench Mob works great together so keep it going!
    Go Bulls! :-)

  • In reply to kozzer:

    Well, if the home teams win all their home games, then the Bulls would win the series, so the only hope of Miami winning would be to steal one on Chicago's court. But being down 2-0 means Miami has to win four of five from the Bulls. I dunno if they can do that. Three of five, I could accept that, but four of five...hmmm. Of course, we say all this knowing that Miami has yet to beat the Bulls this season. GO Bulls!

  • In reply to kozzer:

    Can I just ask if anyone else thinks that the blue traffic cone avatar looks like a picture of the Loch Ness monster?
    GO Bulls.

  • In reply to coachskiles:

    something like that, I never realized it was a blue traffic cone. That would be a good nickname for a big man "The Loch Ness Monster"

  • In reply to coachskiles:

    Apparently the German engineered Dirk is rust proof. What a game. The Bulls Heat matchup is definitely not the finals Chicago fans. Dallas will be a very tough out.

  • In reply to coachskiles:

    Bulls need to limit turnovers and force Miami to play in the halfcourt. Bulls are now America's team. http://windycitizensports.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/u-s-a-u-s-a-bulls-vs-heat-preview/

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