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Kirk Hinrich rips ball out of Bosh’s hands to help seal win (VIDEO)

Mar 28, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

There were still a couple of minutes left in the game when this happened — there would be yet another push from the Heat — but this was the moment that it hit me this was really going to happen and the Heat had no miracle comeback this time:

LeBron James missed a little step-back three, but Chris Bosh was there for the rebound, tipped it to himself, then as he brought it down to go back up Kirk Hinrich raced in, grabbed the ball and just ripped it out of his hands. At the other end Hinrich ate time off the clock, drove the lane, kicked out to Taj Gibson for the 15-foot baseline jumper and it fell. The Bulls were up 9 with 2:18 left and you could tell they were not going to let this one go.

As a guy who prefers the analytic, the statistical, I tend to shudder at the “they just wanted it more” line of analysis. But Hinrich just wanted it more. The Bulls just wanted it more.

  1. gmsingh - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    But to hear LeBron tell it Hinrich is just a really mean guy.

  2. rickyspanish - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Tom Thibadeau doesn’t need Rose. He’s like a defensive version of George Karl. Give him quality players and he’ll get them to play. No superstar needed.

    Kirk Hinrich is a mad man.

  3. ronaldjones - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    That was a foul

    • iknowzeroaboutsports - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Lol. Cry more.

    • gmsingh - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      On Bosh? Lol.

  4. ravensfan19 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Great Play Hinrich. The Bulls were the More Tougher, Physical team. Did anybody see Lebron complaining about the Physical Play after the game ? He wouldn’t never have survived the 80’s and 90’s. The refs couldn’t save Lebrick Hairline, D Whistle and Christina Bosh tonight. Great Win Bulls.

    • dacapt704 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      News flash: the game ISNT officiated the same way so you cant say that. I’m sure if he was playing in the 80s or 90s his game would adjust. But Lebron was right, the game was super physical and what he did was NOT a flagrant foul. You have never heard Lebron complain about physical play, if you watch the games OBJECTIVELY (and by ur name calling, its obvious you dont) you will see that LBJ gets hacked hard every game…but ignores it and keeps driving to the lane..

      And before you start with the “you’re too young to know what you’re talking about
      ..Im 36 and been watching NBA for almost 30 years..so YES, I know the difference in the eras very well..

      The refs call the game soft now, it was much more physical back in the day but this isnt back in the day..the game is supposed to be “cleaner” now, I think that was his only point.

      • dacapt704 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Lots of Heat haters who cant watch the games objectively (look it up)..Im a KNICKS fan, have been all my life! So I have NO reason to cheer for the Heat. But as an honest hoops fan, right is right. *shrugs*

  5. floridascuba1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Refs bailed the bulls out. Shouldn’t have came to it but they stopped miamis momentum

    • gmsingh - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      The refs bail the Bulls out? That’s a hoot. I watch Heat games expecting the announcers to say “Why wasn’t that called a foul?” multiple times. At one point Neil Funk (Bulls announcer) commented on the Heat being at the foul line way more than the Bulls. That happens every single game the Heat play where the refs are told to be biased towards the Heat. Look it up.

  6. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Eat it, Miami. Chicago is your daddy.

    • 27winstreak - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Assublimeday:

      Hating on greatness since 2010.

  7. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Refs bailed the bulls out. Shouldn’t have came to it but they stopped miamis momentum
    ——

    Confirms that Miami “fans” really don’t understand basketball

  8. savvybynature - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    “GET IN THE WEIGHT ROOM!” That was hilarious.

  9. 2jaylee - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    @ronald that was not a foul, he got all ball!

  10. hpe0atd - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    OK… first off I’m a heat fan who is kind of glad this loss happened… every one of the past 8 or so games in this streak have been called like playoff games… very physical and the refs have let them play.. glad they can refocus for spurs with pressure off and let the guys have a little time to breath before the second season..

    That being said… Heinrich grabbed both of Bosh’s wrists and pulled him and the ball down… the only thing about that play that wasn’t a foul was that the refs swallowed the whistle. In the thumbnail of this link you can clearly see the foul…

  11. asublimeday - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    That being said… Heinrich grabbed both of Bosh’s wrists and pulled him and the ball down… the only thing about that play that wasn’t a foul was that the refs swallowed the whistle. In the thumbnail of this link you can clearly see the foul…
    —–

    Wahhhhhhhh

    • gmsingh - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      I don’t know, the guy may be right. Of course, without an analysis of the 4 or 500 times Heat players should have been called for fouls and weren’t he does just sound like a crybaby.

  12. cantonbound13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Softest “power forward” ever! Give Bosh Spice credit, he didn’t get down in the fetal position & cry.

  13. ronaldjones - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    LOL it’s funny listening to all these idiot Bulls fans coming out of the woodwork. Lets see: Heat just won 27 straight, Bulls have barely won 27 all year, Heat are overwhelming favorites to win title, Bulls likely won’t win a playoff series. You can tell which Fanbase expects a real championship and which one just won their championship in march. Pretty amusing/pathetic

  14. ronaldjones - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Also got a good laugh out of “Eat it Miami, Chicago is your daddy.” As if the Bulls would beat Miami more than one time in a series. And if you don’t understand that than you are even dumber than you appear. (Go back to ’11 playoffs lest there be any doubt…not that Chicago’s good enough this year to get that far).

  15. jcmeyer10 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Who’s the raptor now?

  16. eagles512 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Not a heat fan but that was a blatant foul.

  17. thesixersbench - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Good job covering this game, PBT….biggest game of the season and you’re all over it. Well done.

  18. flyrocket31 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    That’s why in high school the coaches teach the big men to keep the ball over their head and not to bring it down cause the guards can easily take it. In HIGH SCHOOL!

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