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NBA Playoffs: Bulls look like beasts of the East in Game 1

May 15, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One Getty Images

It was a line buried in PBT’s Game 1 preview but it ended up telling you all you needed to know — both of these teams can defend so it was about who got the easy buckets.

For Chicago, that meant offensive rebounds — and they went out grabbed 19 of them, a full 41.7 percent of their shots led to a second chance. For Miami, it mean creating turnovers and converting those to fast-break points — and eight of Miami’s first 19 points came on fast breaks. Chicago had eight first half turnovers.

But the Bulls had just one turnover in the second half, they forced the Heat to play in the half court and as the game wore on the Heat fell more and more into the isolation ball the Bulls defense wants you to play. The result was Chicago pulling away in the third quarter and a 103-82 crushing of the Heat in Game 1.

The Bulls played their usually spectacular defense, holding the Heat to 98.8 points per 100 possessions. They pressured Dwyane Wade (18 points on 17 shots) and LeBron James (15 points on 15 shots) into tough choices and long shots all night long.

The only Heat player who had a good night was Chris Bosh — 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting.

And he provides the model for what the Bulls want to do going forward — he was working off the ball behind the defense more than Wade and LeBron, who were more in their traditional roles as they guys with the ball in their hands. In the second half James kept ending up in isolation with Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah, a matchup he could not (or at least did not) exploit.

Against the Celtics there were points LeBron was working on the weak side and on the baseline, the Heat need to go back to that. They struggled against the pressure and forced their way into the teeth of the defense.

Meanwhile, in the second half the Bulls really started to exploit the Heat’s pick-and-roll defense. As expected they trapped to get the ball out of Rose’s hands — and they did it every time, Pretty soon the Bulls were doing a good job moving the ball around to open cutters and guys on the weakside.

Next game the Heat need to mix up their coverages. Rose had his 28 points on 22 shots. He’s going to do that anyway, but the Heat need to not let Luol Deng have 21 points on 15 shots. The Heat need to defend the arc better so the Bulls don’t hit 10-of-21 from three. Miami needs to defensive rebound much better.

They need to do all these things because the Bulls have established themselves as the team to beat in this series so far. They looked dominant.

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  1. silk32 - May 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Dwyane Wade “mounted” by Taj Gibson >> .. Does Gabrielle Union know about this?

  2. mondzy805 - May 15, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    The Bulls killed the Heat on glass tonight and dont expect that to change during the series. Their 11 deep and run a whole 5 man unit off the bench and have Kurt Thomas chilling for his turn. The Bulls are, too big, too strong and too fast, for the Heat.

  3. dwighthowardisamazing - May 16, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    a messy, yet amazing game. this will be a fantastic series to watch.

  4. ljl2 - May 16, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Do we move on to the concept that it wasn’t the Celtics who owned LeBron so much as it was Thibodeau?

    • andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Comparing apples to oranges. Can’t compare this LeBron team vs. the Celtics vs. previous LeBron teams vs the Celtics. If the Cavs last year had Wade as their SG, don’t you think things might have ended differently for them?

  5. passerby23 - May 16, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    I’ve been poor this playoffs in predicting the Lakers, Celtics, and Spurs to win. I also picked the Heat to win this series. I expect this series to be a lot more competitive than Game 1 – probably going 7 games, but you just got the feeling from Game 1 that the Bulls have the recipe for beating the Heat: a dominant point guard, a bothersome centre, a rugged frontline, and great team defense to collapse on isolation players. It’s going to be tough for Miami, but I don’t think we’ll see many more blowouts.

  6. dnbajunkie - May 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    The Bulls’ underrated bench continues to deliver & stops opponents. The Heat has their work cut out for them, this young Bulls team will not fall asleep in this series. Basketball is still and always will be a team game. MVP + solid bench > 3 superstars + well not too dependable bench.

  7. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    Heat got mounted like a donkey show in mexico, expect nothing different next game on the boards and the paint defense, they say well they didnt have lebron the first game we played them, we didnt have noah, the second game boozer had played 1 game back from injury, weve beat them all season long dont be surprised if theres a sweep, we have a complete team as it showed all season long, and these writers are idiots, vegas has a 3-1 agaimst bulls, miami beat boston much better team than atlanta, nut boston was beat up, no big man to protect the paint, rondo a non factor, they say the bulls will struggle because we havent faced a defense like miami, its more like miami hasnt faced a defense like chicago, bulls dont have enough offense, more like miami has on 3 players who fet theirs everynight more or less, bulls know who they are, miami still doesnt as you can tell mever tje same players being rotated, some players dont play for a month, and their all incosistant, bulls has a superior coach as seen, miami is still starting bibby, it can be said we were and are the better team in this series reguardless what these writers say! moami dont have the pieces or power tp beat this much superior bulls team, lebron and wade excellent 1 on 1 players but this is a team game, and its a embarracment to compare them to pippen and jordan! Chicago is back and beasts in the east fits them well

  8. 1historian - May 16, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    I would almost bet money that each one of those guys – Wade, James, and Bosh – Is saying to himself (privately) – damn! Those guys play like a TEAM. And I could have been ON that team!

    Kudos to Pax for building a TEAM and most importantly for HIRING THIBODEAU.

    • andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      As a Celts fan I was sad to see Thibs go, but he deserved a shot at head coaching years ago. He couldn’t have landed on a better team either.

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

      And there’s the underlying reason why everyone hates the Heat….JEALOUSY!

      The only thing the Heat wish was that a few years back they had the number 1 pick and not number 2. By the way Thibs had nothing to do with that (neither did Gar), Rose landed on their lap.

      • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM

        And Gibson land on Wade’s face lat night.

      • andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM

        Tom Thibodeau is a big part of why the Bulls have taken the next step forward. You can put a talented group of guys together and they can win….but to win a title it usually takes a solid coach to guide them and get everyone to buy into something. When’s the last NBA team to win a title that did not have a very good coach?

      • helinhater - May 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

        People are jealous of the Heat? Why? Because you have 3 pansies too scared to lead by themselves?

        I like how you somehow knock the Bulls for landing Rose.

        Kind of like how Wade landed in Miami’s lap, right?

        Also, I seem to recall Russell Westbrook being in Rose’s draft…and OJ Mayo…and Eric Gordon…and Kevin Love…And yet, Riley took Mike Beasley.

        Maybe the Heat should have wished they actually made a good call in that draft…that way they wouldn’t have had to use collusion to get a team that wont win a title.

      • neeciekay - May 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        “Jealous”?? Really “southbeachtalent”, is that what you think this declaration of the TRUTH is all about? You ARE as dillusional as the rest of your city and franchise tryin to buy the championship!! And for the record: Derrick Rose was born and bred to play ball in Chicago. He didn’t “fall” into the lap of the Bulls. Unlike D. Wade, Derrick Rose AKA: MVP, has a great deal of loyalty to his hometown and fans of Chicago! How did it feel to see your “big 3”, get embarrassed by our bench?? Derrick Rose didn’t even have to turn it up, and yall still got whooped like yall stole something! LOL, karma is a mutha!! Maybe now D. Wade will decide which of the Bulls he can attempt to pull to the floor and hurt, to better his chances of advancing! He better think long and hard, because, the Bulls aint goin down as easily as Rondo did. We know what to expect from them now. . .

      • mondzy805 - May 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM

        Miami won the off season, the Bulls are gonna win the post season.

      • andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        Wait. I’m confused. The Heat already held a championship celebration back in June of 2010. Weren’t they just awarded the NBA championship this year? I thought the playoffs were moot.

  9. hnirobert3 - May 16, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Why was Magloire active over Dampier? Not that it would’ve made a big difference, but Magloire is absolutely terrible. Start Dampier so that Anthony can come off the bench, where he’s more comforatable.

    On another note, Noah is an absolute beast. I’d take him on the Heat over any other center in the league because he brings what the Heat need most: a legit 7 footer who hustles, gets rebounds and gets his points off of rebounds.

    • hnirobert3 - May 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM

      He’s also an excellent defender. As a Heat fan, I’d have no problem losing to this team since they’re very likeable.

      However, I’m not suceeding yet. There were some bright spots last night (okay, maybe just one, being Bosh’s play) that hopefully they can build on.

      • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        We had our worst play-off game yet but in the end it’s ok. We lost on their court, the 1 seed. That’s exactly how it should have been. Adjustments will be made and we will take 2.

        And all of you guys talking about Wade and how Taj landed on him… you can’t be serious?? Wade does that twice a week and now your keeping score? Give me a break.. All I can say is keep on talking about it, I hope ESPN does nothing but show that clip on a loop.

  10. savocabol1 - May 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Funny we aren’t seeing any of the bandwagon Heat fans on this thread like we were on every single article leading up to this game……

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM

      It’s best out of 4 right? Or did the NBA change the rules after I went to sleep?? If you think the Heat are going to play like that again then you haven’t watched much basketball and your pretty bad at math. The Bulls should have won that game, sure they blew the Heat out but they should have won. That’s the first game of the series in their house. Lets see what happens on Wednesday.. the outcome should be different.

      Heat in 6

      • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

        Why do you believe that the next game is going to be so different?
        What is going to change with both of these teams in just a couple of days that will completely turn this upside down?
        I thought that you claimed that this is a much different Heat team that got swept by the Bulls in the regular season.

        They got their poop pushed in last night and they have not beaten Chicago all year.
        If the Bulls win game 2 then the Heat will be lucky if this series goes 5 games.

      • savocabol1 - May 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        Hey douche, I never said anything about what the outcome of the series may end up being and if you think I did “your pretty bad at reading.” I am simply stating the cold hard truth that you bandwagon Heat fans come out of the woodwork to gloat in everyone’s faces everything good that is going on with your team and try to use the tired old argument that the big three can destroy any team because…well…it is the big three. Yet when something bad happens those same Heat “fans” are nowhere to be seen.

      • chitownmatt - May 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Actually, its “best of 7.”

        But maybe you’re right, this one will probably just be 4.

        I’m just kidding; I do think the Heat will turn things around a bit, but don’t expect too much. Spolestra is not the most inspiring coach. Did you hear him in the huddle? It was pathetic. He was like, “….. ok guys, we need to stop them from playing so well…. and try not to turn it over…. maybe get some more rebounds… anyone have anything they want to add???”
        Not exactly COY material.

      • helinhater - May 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        Why should the Bulls have won? Because it was Game 1…

        But I thought the Heat were going to win 70 and dominate the league…I thought that meant the Heat should win?

        Yet, by your logic, the hometeam/higher seed should always win, no?

    • helinhater - May 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      That’s because half of them didn’t realize the series started…

  11. chitownbulls - May 16, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Wow, I thought I was a brainwashed, biased homer, but I ALWAYS believed that we would beat the Heat, rather handily. Its still the playoffs and I expect for adjustments to be made and for Lebron and D.Wade to play exceptionally better, but the media picked the Heat so overwhelmingly, I started to think that maybe we would lose this series.

    After last night’s game, it just shows that what I was thinking held true:

    1. The Bulls are much more comfortable being the underdogs vs. the front runners (as they were in the 1st two series
    2. They would hold court on the boards
    3. The bench would unquestionably outplay the Heat’s bench
    4. The Heat have been pretty much unchallenged up to this point based on them having home court and playing an injured and aging Celtics team
    5. The Bull raise their level of play when competing against elite teams

    This should be a great series no matter what and it shows that no matter what writers, pundits and experts say… Ya gotta play the games. Go Bulls!

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      Un-challenged??? Every regular season game we played was play-off atmosphere, we have played higher rated opponents than the Bulls have in the playoffs. I would venture to say that we have been challenged plenty. Regardless it will be a great series.

      • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        Any one care to argue the point that the Heat have the hardest road to the Finals (East)?? Unchallenged…… hilarious.

        Enjoy your victory, sulk in it. It will be short lived.

      • helinhater - May 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM

        Higher rated by whose ratings?

        Playoff atmosphere every game? That’s what happens when you hold a championship celebration before the season starts.

        Let’s be realistic – the Celtics are not the Celtics without Thibs. The Hawks would have taken out that Celtics squad.

        There’s a reason they’re no longer the best defensive team in the league. Because Thibs is on the Bulls bench.

        And there’s a reason why Lebron looked exactly like he did over the last few years against the C’s – Thibs is smarter than Bron Bron.

        Spoelstra sucks as a coach. I wouldn’t follow him into a pile of money.

      • chitownbulls - May 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        Let me clarify…

        When I say unchallenged I mean:

        – They really weren’t challenged by the 76ers… I mean save for some pretty outrageous TOUGH shots made at the end of the game that they lost, they sweep them. The only reason they had to claw their way back in a couple of those games was because their shots weren’t falling. I didn’t see them having to put in an extraordinary effort to beat them. Am I wrong?

        – The Celts. Wow, where do I begin? They were obviously a step slow defensively on Miami. I felt like they were pretty much in control the whole time. Home court advantage made a difference in this series as well. Plus, Pierce losing his cool in the first game and eventually getting ejected shifted momentum in this game. The Celts bench looked like an infirmary with guys being massaged and worked on, I mean, it was so obvious that they were overmatched and that they were a shell of their former selves. Lastly Rondo’s elbow injury put an exclamation on how overmatched they were.

        Moreover, I think the Heat’s road to the ECF was accompanied by some friendly bounces if you will. The Bulls on the other hand, got nothing of the sort. They played an underrated Pacer’s team who trapped and blitzed Derrick better than any team has this season, and they had the length, talent and legs to get back on D after they did it. Super physical and superior effort. I think they were more spunky than the 76ers. Then the Hawks come in and shoot 51% and take the first game at home. We had to claw our way back. Now maybe what you are saying is that the Heat bull doze these teams. Maybe, maybe not. But I will say that I was HOPING that we could play the Celts in the ECF because I was anticipating that we would destroy them.

      • kmike82 - May 18, 2011 at 8:16 AM

        “Any one care to argue the point that the Heat have the hardest road to the Finals (East)?? Unchallenged…… hilarious.”

        I’ll take you up on that.. Indiana had a tougher road to the finals.

  12. philtration - May 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    This turned out just as I expected (except for the 21 point blow out)
    I said the other day that the Bulls play better defense, have a much better bench, are better coached, have more talent overall and are mentally and emotionally stronger than Miami and a Heat fan told me to get real.
    Are you getting it yet?
    The Bulls wore out Wade, they dominated on the boards, they got in LeBron’s face and forced him to throw up desperation shots and the bench came in and played great.
    Bosh played well but if the Bulls can hold LaBron and Wade under 20 while Bosh gets his then they will be in the finals.

    The Bulls have options on both ends of the floor and can adjust while the Heat have to stick to their one on one playground style. That is not going to work in this series just like it has not worked for them all year against the Bulls.

    Team basketball. Not a group of individuals trying to make the ESPN highlight real.

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      So the Bulls will hold both Wade and LeBron under 20, four straight nights?? This will be the only game that happens that much I can guarantee. Bulls will lose the next one then off to Miami.

      • helinhater - May 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

        SouthBeachTalent – I dont think you understand the game plan the Bulls utilized.

        They will continue to let Bosh get his…while everyone else swarms on Bron and Wade to keep them from establishing a rhythm.

        Chances are the Bulls wont hold Wade and Bron under 20 every night…

        But Chalmers and Bibby wont hold Rose under 20 once…

        And unless someone can find an answer for the Bulls bench, rebounding advantage, and coaching advantage, it wont matter about Bron and Wade – they’re two pieces of a 5 piece puzzle…

  13. dgbk - May 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    heat fans are saying the same thing lakers fans said in the mavs series. The heat clearly looked over matched in game 1. I doubt much will change, they actually brought out magloire for help. Unless the big 3 avg 40 a piece i dont think they have enough depth in this series.

  14. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Southbeachtalent, um heat in six lets get real now, heat through all they had and it was adding fuel to a well lit fire, dont be surprised if theres a sweep of those premadonnas, i mean you guys havent found a way to beat us yet! Its post season now and you bums still dont know who u are yet! First off u put in ur small lineup to start?? Coaching error! Do you see lakers or dallas putting im a small lineup to play the suns, nope, why xause they set the pace and make the oposing change their style of play, thats xoaching 101, we will see riley next year with the same results, u guys have no money for any decent pieces, and those 3 players are gonna cry saying words like want, need and get haha! Props to wade on getting mounted! Bulls in six! Miami had players playing still couldnt pull a W, southbeachtalent come down to reality, do you even watch basketball, causebif all u watch is heat ball then youbdont watch basketball! Tired of seeing your retarded posts, we wont see anything from you after this bulls series! Miami looks like a dump i took! We all know there was cryimg im the locker room agian! Seriously heat habe nothing on the bulls, or dallas because their actually complete teams, okc should give dallas a hard time at the 3 spot! Heat STILL need pippen and jordan to win! Da bulls and im from phx so no bandwagon on my end!

    • miami4allday - May 16, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Hey everyone calm down! Its just one game! they lost because they got out hustled. 30 + points off offensive rebounds. That will ( well should be) fixed with a simple solution, boxing out your man. Wade and Lebron will not play like that again. As it stands they have the H C advantage now, if you watched the game they got the majority of the calls, I guarantee you when they play in Miami the calls will go the Heat’s way. Nevertheless, the Bulls were more hungry it seemed and their defense is awesome. should be a good series! Go HEAT!

      • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        The Bulls got the majority of the calls?
        What game were you watching?

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      All this after one game? Sweep I even heard… WOW talk about knee jerk reaction.

      Listen like I said sulk in that victory, let it seep in, enjoy it that’s the one win you will get at home. If you think adjustments wont be made then you my freind are as confused as your comments.

      And yes I have watched a few games maybe 1 or 2. I hope you and your point-less rambling posts stick around after the Heat are up on your Bulls.

      And BTW that little dot by the question mark thingie on your key board is called a period, its used to end sentences. Try it.

      Heat in 6

      • blueintown - May 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

        You need to quit saying “sulk in it/sulk in victory” or any variation thereof. It doesn’t make any sense.

  15. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Miami cant beat the the bulls with six players on the floor! Lol, their was six players because they dont have any kind of rotation thats set in stone, those players are more confused than the coach is! Spolestra huddle said ” guys we need to offensive rebound, i mean they might get some but be atheletic” hoorible huddle , first off you got to lace into those players and i you need everysingle rebound, we need tobbe agressive on the boards, box them out their manhandleing you guys right now,” and he needs to be yelling that likeba george carl, or phil yelled at gasol, to think wow chicago almost picked beasly over rose, heat would have never had a identity crisis! Rose dont need wade to win a title cause hes a true mvp, i feel bad for wade cause hes actually a good guy in person, i wish he went to chicago due to him and rose would click and their from chicago, nevermind that moment of couldve been moments ready for good ol 6 on 5 basketball on wednesday, the chicago bullys vs the miami bums! We might see lebron quit on his team when reality sits in!

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      Wow you are consistently dumb…

      Dont feel to bad for Wade he’s doing allright.

      • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        Money wise he is doing great but he was going to get that no matter where he went.
        Wade is 29 and if he has to wait for 3 or 4 years for Miami to put together a real team around him then he will never get another ring.
        If he had signed with the Bulls his chances would be a lot better and not just for this season, but for the next 5 or 6.
        I like Wade, I respect him and I think that he is the best player on the Heat.
        He knows what it takes to win a ring where LeBron can not figure it out.
        Watch which one of these two quits first in this series.
        No one sulks and shrivels up under the pressure like Lebron Blames.

        I asked you the other day if Wade signing with Miami would end up being the Bulls loss or Wade’s. I will stick with that.

  16. southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM


    Higher rated by who you said….uh the NBA.


    -Bulls 1 seed they get home field advantage and faced the 8 seed in the first round. That’s how it works.

    -Yes playoff atmosphere every game (rest of the NBA is hurt that LeBron came here so they have a chip on their shoulder), I’m sure you tuned into 1 or 2 Heat games and noticed.

    -No championship celebration that I remember, just a player intro. And it was for Miami fans not the haters. It’s called marketing – look it up.

    -Must have forgot when Shaq rode into Miami in a Semi-Truck and guaranteed a championship, that didn’t seem to bother anyone.

    P.S. Keep sweating my team it works out really well for us.

    • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      Every other team just calls a press conference, has the new player or players hold up their new team jersey, answer a few questions and then get to work.
      No flashing lights or smoke machines and stupid catwalk high fives.
      They actually believed that they had won the title before a single game had been played and I am sure that you did too.
      It is bad enough for the media to shovel out this hype but when you create it yourself and then actually believe it too….

      That was probably the most arrogant display in NBA history and that is why so many people can’t stand them.

      • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

        You don’t get it phil,

        It was a player intro for Miami, it was not nationally televised, not on ESPN or anywhere else for anyone else. As an owner you want to get your fans into the team and into the upcoming season, that’s what was done.

        Now your telling me what I was thinking? I’ll tell you what I was thinking;

        “Wow we just painted a huge target on our backs”.

        I didn’t think we had won a thing, games have to played you know. Regardless you seem pretty hurt by the whole intro.. Don’t let it get to you.. life is too short.

        Heat in 6

    • savocabol1 - May 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      southbeachtalent has lost perspective on reality like most Heat players/fans. They literally put as much marketing out as possible for people to pack the arena so they could parade the big three (and no other players that signed) in front of everyone. You call it player introductions? Why weren’t any other new signings there and why would you need Wade since he is not a new player?

      The difference between Shaq and this situation is plain and simple….humor. Shaq was being funny with what he did. The big three was all business in flaunting the fact that they were already champions (before playing game 1 in the 2010-2011 season).

      You can sit here all day and say that because of the way the NBA seeds teams the Heat have had a tougher time in the playoffs because they have had to play higher seeds. In reality, everyone who follows basketball knows that their playoff rankings are not truly accurate. Every year teams get hot/cool late in the season. Seeding, does not accuratly capture this when you have 16 teams making it to the postseason. Case in point is Boston. They ripped off a ton of wins for the majority of the season, trade away Perkins and scrape by for the rest of the season.

    • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      I get it just fine southbeach.

      I laughed when they did their little Ken and Barbie fashion show.
      I also laughed when they over reacted to beating Boston the other day.
      Lebron was so wrapped up in trying to create some “Iconic” image of himself down on one knee that he forgot that the Heat were not even close to winning the title yet.
      He loves him some LeBron and he loves to cultivate his image and that seems more important to him than actually winning a ring.
      Oh he wants a ring all right. He wants several but he wants them because he feels that it will add to his image and legacy.

      Be honest…
      Was signing Lebron, Wade and Bosh not enough to peak interest in the Heat down in Miami that they actually had to put on that stupid show?
      I don’t remember Boston acting like that when they put together their version of “The Big 3”

  17. doctordanf - May 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    southbeach – please look up “sulk” in your dictionary.

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      look up douche in yours.

      • andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        Jesus Christ….is this what this site has come to? Petty back and forth name calling over a basketball game? You don’t like what someone has to say to you? Close web page, walk away. Life will go on whether you team wins or loses or whether a complete stranger has a different opinion than yours.

      • doctordanf - May 16, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        southbeach – seriously, is that what passes for repartee in miami?

  18. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Southbeachtalent u let it seep in, ur a idiot if u think the heat are gonna win this the heat couldnt hold the bulls coaches jockstrap, but u can hold the heats! You dont watch basketball at all, heat are a joke and a example on what not to do! The bulls already beat you bums 4 in a row why would you be surprised?!? Let me guess its post season?? Um its still the bulls vs heat is why, ill give it 6 though bulls all day! U live in lala land saying well ur lucky u had first pick, you live in yesterday, as for our eaay road in playoffs, we earned that by being # 1 seed, thats usually what happens when ur #1, and like the heat javemt had it easy the 76ers?? A busted down rondoless boston who dont have big men anymore??!! Welcome to reality buddy, heat dont stand a chance in this series, reality is your just a heat blogger who we wont here from after the heat get demoralized till next year! See you next year bum!

  19. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Bulls are gonna mount miami and it fans like a donkey show in mexico!

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      how original! you are truly a class act.

  20. ndbcs2013 - May 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    I am a Bulls fan… but I expect this series to have plenty of drama still. That just seeems to be how the NBA works – a team can dominate one night, and then be dominated the next. The Bulls hit a lot of 3’s last night and both Wade and LeBron were off (though at least partly due to defense for sure). Next game the Bulls’ 3’s might not fall, and Wade and/or LeBron might find some way to go off (maybe foul trouble on Deng). If that happens, the game could be very tight.

    I will still like the Bull’s chances in a tight-game scenario though, because they board so well and because they have a clear closer in Rose. But I expect some drama to come, and I do not at all believe that the Bulls will sweep. Heat get 2 in Miami, and Bulls win in 6.

    • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      Yeah, I never said that the Bulls would sweep either. That is really hard to do for any team but if Miami does not figure out how to beat Chicago real fast then the series may not go 6 games.
      They cannot stick to the method that have been using because that has got them 4 losses in 4 tries.
      If this does not go their way soon then LeBron will quit on them just like he did in Cleveland.
      Miami still may come out and win game 2 and they had better do just that or else they are in deep doo doo.

      The series is far from over but a Bulls win on Wednesday would be a big nail in the heat’s coffin.

      • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM


        Keep in mind LeBron gave Cleveland 7 yrs. I’ll take that all day.

        And even if we do lose in Chicago on Wednesday you know we’re taking two in Miami.

        Far from over Phil, we aren’t going away that easy. I hope Wade has that highlight playing on a loop in his living room.

        Heat in 6

      • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 3:40 PM

        I don’t mean him leaving Cleveland for Miami.
        That was his choice and I understand why he felt he had to do it even if he handled it like a jerk.
        I am talking about him quitting in the playoffs.

        He quit on that team against Boston last year and everyone saw it.
        He is still a kid in his head and he does not have the killer instinct needed to win it all.
        THAT is why he had to join Wade’s team to get there.

  21. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Lets blog about who the starting 5 will be for miami in game 2?? cause bibby starting is a coaching error, chlamers should start. Their bigs make dont make a difference their all bums, haslem isnt gonna play better than anthony, so good luck thinking thats the answer! Odom would be a luxury right now! Man its hard to think miami even has a team let alome in playoffs they really only have 3 players the other two spots are like fill in the spaces questions when you think about whos gonna start! Lets talk about the next series, Chicago vs dallas, or chicago vs okc?? Dallas should win this series but i wouldnt put it passed this talented okc team, iean they do have the best player in the world! Chicago and dallas would ne a amazing matchup, can go either way now that dallas plays defense thanks to chandler! Okc is too young for a sufficating defense like chicago, westbrook would be at a disadvantage to rose, rose is just way smarter and coachable than westbrook, dang will play defense just as well as anyone in the nba on durrant but durrant will none the less get his hes the best player on the court! Now dallas and chicago would be alittle cross matching going on, noah would be on dirk, and boozer on chandler not good for bulls cause chandler will eat boozer on defense boards and nowitzki will be shooting from range meaning noah wont be clogging the paint getting boards or blocks, someone else will need to guard rose cause kidd dont have a chance on the denfensive end, hes good enough on the offensive end though cause he can still play but he is very smart! Bench mobs on both teams! This will be the idea championship cause u dont know whats gonna happen

  22. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    agreed bulls lose 2 in miami, still gona be drama, bulls in six way to keep it real, a true nba fan, just like lebron and wade had off night so will bulls, but now so will bosh remember he scored 30 with noah on him most were due to spacing of noah and thier pick an roll that will be addressed though and should be fixed

  23. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Haha ur funny, you miami fans will stay on a sinking ship, and no lebron said he set hisself up to win 6 titles, its funny rose dont need any big name to win a championship ( we will see ), but with the bulls we have pieces to make moves and money to sign another piece to get deeper, jr smith or mayo, i like jr ith way better cause he dont back down, bulls will nonetheless get a upgrade this summer at the 2, miami has no pieces to make moves and no money to sign a decent player, bulls also is very young and got a coach who has them playing championship ball, newyork is gonna be tight if they get howard or paul, howard and stouldemire would be the best front court in nba, and paul will run the offense maybe better than nash ( props to nash) but dwight would be the better piece to be dominant and bring defense to the team and hope they all fall into his scheme! Bulls are the team clearly in east now , and will ne most likey netter next year an upgraded ( we will see ), but newyork will have a miami team plus a bench with more dominant players, bosh cant even be traded to a team cause he get 110million, and he puts out 18 &9 or what ever his stats are, bosh shouldnt be in miami, not a boozer fan but he gives you 20 & 10 for 70 or 80 million, with the difference you can get a nice pg and keep beasly for ur bench to come on for lebron, he plays good defense and can score esspecially on bench players who je would be playing, and u wouldve got him for cheap due to coming off a rookie contract! they dug their own hole! Crazy in the east with years to come!

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      We are in the eastern conference finals and somehow we are in a hole? Sorry fellas can’t follow your logic. Lets see after Wednesday how these boards look. See you then.

      Heat in 6

      • philtration - May 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Yes they are in a hole.
        Not a really deep one yet but just one loss away from it.

        The Bulls won the 1st game, have home court advantage and Miami has not figured out how to beat this team yet. It is pretty late in the game to be trying and solve that at this point in the season.

  24. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    A hole meaning if u dont win it this year you guys will never win it for 5 more years, maybe a new coach will bring u closer but miami still wont have the pieces csuse stuck with 3 players with high contracts, unless u got ride of lebron or wade anyone wiuld pick them up for 110 million, but bosh noone wants that overpaid contract esspecially cause he isnt a superstar let alone a allstar when compared to abiut 10 other people in that position, amare is worth 110 but bosh isnt physical he resorts to shooting and gets thrown off too easy, not a 110 mill ayer 70-80 with 30 mill you can do alotand have better sucess this series will tell you if their in a whole or not for 5 years i think their stuck personally, call wenet that bad, tbe call that shouldbe been a T didnt get called when miami had 6 players playing the bulls lol i dont mind that, it just made spolestra look like a idiot! Lol

    • southbeachtalent - May 16, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      dirtybird you are funny. Do you speak like you type?

      I hope not.

      BTW Bosch just scored 30 on your Bulls, he’s the last guy you should be talking about.

      • andyhr17 - May 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

        You just mock someone for bad grammar/spelling…. and you then make a comment about Chris “Bosch”….You really do make it too easy for people….

      • blueintown - May 16, 2011 at 5:34 PM

        And BTW that little dot by the question mark thingie on your key board is called a period, its used to end sentences. Try it.

        Heat in 6


        He also gave us this gem, where he ridiculed his counterpart for failing to use proper punctuation, then promptly reiterated his prediction for the series….without using proper punctuation. Merriam-Webster, FTW.

  25. goawayeverybody - May 16, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    LeBron James is a punk ass choker and always will be. Ha ha ha, the Heat suck.

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