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The Indiana Pacers will battle the Heat tonight in a game seven. Anyone remember the Bulls playing the Pacers in a game seven? Were you worried at all that Chicago might lose that game? I expect Heat fans will (rightly) feel similarly tonight...
If you've followed this blog for awhile, you know I have the utmost respect for the Miami Heat as an opponent. I think they're clearly the best team in the NBA by a significant margin. They're good enough that the Bulls will simply not be better on paper regardless of what they do. That means picking the window and method to beat the Heat becomes tricky...
It would have been the most improbable of wins. To beat Miami on their home floor down 3-1 when most teams fold. Especially after the Heat rolled to an early 14 point lead. Enough to make a lesser team fold. And when the Heat built up a seven point lead with a shade over two minutes remaining, Chicago still fought back...
The Chicago Bulls have fought hard in these playoffs. It's easy to forget that when seeing them crushed by a vastly, vastly superior team. However, it was less than two weeks ago that they send the Nets pack on pure will power and took game one against Miami for the same reason...
Everything went right for Chicago twice, the result? A narrow victory and a somewhat less narrow loss. Everything went about as expected twice and the result? Two Heat blow outs...
In the end, the Bulls slowed Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on Friday. They didn't give up a layup line or a ton of points inside the paint. They forced Norris Cole to beat them from the perimeter and Chris Bosh to knock down mid-range jumpers. Honestly, that's probably about as much as you can ask for...
Deng is finally out of the hospital, but he's lost 15lbs and is still far too weak to play. Hinrich had a second MRI on his bruised calf that showed the muscle damage he sustained hasn't improved any. In short, don't expect either player to suit up in this series though they're both listed as day to day and doubtful for tonight...
I suppose that's the positive you can put on this game. In the end, the Bulls went into Miami and did what every road team sets out do do in the playoffs. They brought the series back to their turf with home court advantage. That was the spin Joakim Noah had after a physical game two where the Bulls were completely outclassed...
The Bulls became a great story by taking game one with a depleted roster and Nate Robinson outplaying LeBron James. Many things went right for Chicago in game one, including the Heat missing many wide open corner threes taken by quality three point shooters. Chicago will have to hope to improve on the formula that brought them a game one victory, because the Heat are likely to bring it tonight...
Watching Nate Robinson in the playoffs lots of thoughts enter my mind. Would the Bulls really be better off if Derrick Rose came back right now? Can the Bulls afford to keep Nate next year? Will they try? How much money has Nate made for himself with this playoff series...
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