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Bad shooting night for Bulls dooms them in game Game 4. And series.

May 13, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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To steal an old Chick Hearn phrase, the Bulls couldn’t throw a pea in the ocean.

With their season hanging in the balance, Chicago hit just 25.7 percent of their shots Monday night. Just a hair better than one in four shots went in. It wasn’t great Miami defense (although it was good), it was just the Bulls missing shots. Even good ones. Nate Robinson was 0-12, Carlos Boozer was 3-of-14, and Jimmy Butler  wasn’t a factor. Chicago scored just 65 points all night long and 9 total in the third quarter.

All that does not explain just how ugly it was.

The Heat did not look dominant but they looked business-like and won Game 4 88-65. The Heat now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, with Game 5 in Miami on Wednesday. Yes, technically the Bulls could force a Game 6 and extend their season, but do you really want to bet on that after this performance?

It’s over.

This game just felt different from the three that preceded it. A series that had been about hostility and hard fouls was suddenly quiet. For Chicago, too quiet. Chicago opened the game 1-of-12 shooting and combined with the early start time meant the crowd never seemed to show up and get into it. Neither did the Bulls.

Miami on the other hand went on an early 11-0 run that seemed to continue all night. Miami was patient on offense and waiting for the right shot, which is why Chris Bosh was 6-of-7 for 12 points at the half. At the break the Heat were up 44–33 and you wondered how the lead was only 11 when Miami shot 25 percent better at the time. The series felt over

It was just a cold night shooting for the Bulls, but coach Tom Thibodeau had no other options, no hot hand to turn to. He tried Rip Hamilton, that did not work. With no Derrick Rose, no Luol Deng the Bulls live and die by the Nate now, and that doesn’t always go well.

Meanwhile LeBron James had 27 points on 20 shots. The Heat were efficient all night.

For Miami, the only thing to concern yourself about is Dwayne Wade’s knee. Wade has been battling a bruised right knee when midway through the third quarter he bumped knees with Jimmy Butler incidentally. Wade went to the bench and it didn’t look good. He didn’t move well all night.  But he eventually came back and hit 3-of-5 shots in the second half. The question is will he sit out Game 5 at home to rest his knee again, or will he play.

Might as well sit. This series looks and feels all but over. You know the Bulls will fight, but that has not been enough for three games now.

  1. cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Let’s send it live to 72, you there 72? Flushing sound.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      I’m going to let you type the “seven” tonight. Giving you the honors. Go for it buddy. Ashley on the main stage will be there to take your money after you’re done.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        So awesome

      • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 5:58 AM

        Admit it, you were late because you had to google what number comes after 6.

      • heat256 - May 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        It’s funny Canton is here not talking much about his rapidly fading (yet again) Knicks team that is imploding (yet again). It must suck to have such a consistently overhyped team that comes up flaccid in the biggest moments (Sound familiar pal? Ouch!). us heat fans are enjoying a very spirited, yet ultimately futile effort by the Bulls and aren’t on here like all you low IQ Knicks fans complaining about supposed referee conspiracies and other avenues that lead to Excuseville.

    • WatchThis - May 14, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      The Bulls just can’t take their own medicine. Thibby woke em up. That being said, I wish many teams in these playoffs, including the Bulls, were at full strength. While I root for the Heat from Detroit, I was hoping for more of a challenge, but it’s not looking that way all the way to the ring now.

    • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      @ heat25whatever: sorry to hear your performance issues are so bad you can’t even make a comment without thinking about it. You may want to seek professional help.

      • heat256 - May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Awww, poor little baby has no original comeback. As life has obviously beaten you handily, your precious Knicks are about to go bye bye too. We can only hope that after they get their sorry tails kicked from the playoffs you will go into hibernation and we won’t have to have you stink up the board with your BS. Judging from how your input is viewed, you won’t be missed.

      • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Wow, worse than I thought, you’re still in the denial stage. Well good luck with your “little problem”. Fortunately with your bad looks & lack of class you’re not put in those awkward situations enough.

  2. cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    72 is unavailable right now as he is full of crap. But he released a statement: The Heat are the greatest ever. LeBron is the greatest ever. I love this game$, even though I just started waiting it 3 years ago.

    • cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      *That’s watching it.
      I forgot to mention the many thanks to David Stern for a series well fixed.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        The Bulls actually have shot slightly more free throws than the Heat this series – 107 for the Bulls compared to 105 for the Heat – despite the fact that they’re missing Derrick Rose and Luol Deng (their 2 players who typically draw the most fouls and shoot the most free throws).

        Additionally, the personal foul total is a relatively even 96 against the Bulls to 91 against the Heat. Given that the Bulls have shot more free throws, that suggests that the Bulls – if anything – are more likely to be awarded free throws than the Heat once their opponent is called for a foul.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        You sound more bitter than a beer made by Miller/Coors. Do you make a bitter beer face when you type your nonsense on this blog?

      • casualcommenter - May 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Don’t bother responding to this guy. He’s a Knicks fan who is completely convinced the NBA “fixes” games so the Knicks lose.

        In his mind, the fact that the Knicks are a large-market team featuring a Superstar player (Carmelo Anthony) makes them a “target” because he thinks that the NBA hates superstars and hates large-market teams.

        Let me repeat that.
        The LA-market teams (Clippers and Lakers) are out of the playoffs.
        The other NYC-area team (the Nets) was eliminated in round 1.
        If the Knicks lose in round 2, both the NY and LA markets will have no teams to watch in the playoffs. Yet, he still thinks it’s likely that David Stern WANTS the Knicks to lose…because it’s somehow in the NBA’s financial interests for the two largest media-markets in the USA to tune out?

        As a fan of a small-market team, I’m well aware the NBA has biases, so I hate it when fans of big-market teams with multiple max-players like the Knicks whine about referee biases.

      • WatchThis - May 14, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        “well fixed” of course because the NBA caused the Bulls to get so gassed out the last couple games and shoot so bad this game.

      • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 6:58 AM

        @casual: you must be a Pacer fan. Shouldn’t you be out cow tipping?

      • melkipershero - May 14, 2013 at 7:28 AM


        Cow tipping is a myth. For one cows actually lay down. Two theyre skiddish as hell. You should try it sometime. Wear red and go after the ones with the big hump on its neck. City folk..

      • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Thanks, I think.

      • hehateme2 - May 14, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        Fixed you troll? How delusional. You can’t admit the truth. the bulls don’t belong on the same floor as the World Champion Heat.

      • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        Have respect for a franchise that has more banners than your team ever will.

      • nard100 - May 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        LOL. You’re just mad because after all that talk the Bulls only have one game to show for it. If you are a Knicks fan, you already know they ain’t got not a dang thing for the Heat. Carmello couldn’t guard my dead grandmother and now he can’t even score. Sorry, but hype doesn’t win games and neither does whining to the refs. If you got the goods, you will win and refs can’t stop it. The Heat knew this two years ago when they lost to the Mavs. They sucked it up and got the job done last year. And this year, you have to give props to Pat Riley for the team he put out.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 14, 2013 at 6:41 AM

      Am I in this guy’s head or what. This guy spent his Monday evening hitting PBT refresh so he can be the first one adter the Heat game with the lone goal of posting about ME. Not Heat fans in general. Not the Heat. Not the game.


      And it didn’t end there. He posted not one, not two, not three….

      • cantonbound13 - May 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        Ahhhh, What? Don’t flatter yourself. I happened to go on here just before 11 & was reading the stories I missed earlier. It just so happened I came upon this story & you miraculously hadn’t commented yet. I understand you being upset, after all, you spend all day preparing your posts.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        This guy will post about 10 comments after a Heat/Timberwolves game on a Wednesday in January, but he expects us to believe this statement:

        “I happened to go on here just before 11 & was reading the stories I missed earlier. It just so happened I came upon this story”

        Man, I am calling the biggest BULLS/HEATin the long and storied history of Bulls/Heat. You can’t find a PBT article that this guy missed in the last 3 years. He expects us to believe that he was just trying to pass some time to get caught up on some old stories that he missed? Really? That’s what he’s going with? And he just happened to come across the Heat/Bulls story right as it was hot off the press? REALLY?

        Anyway, I offered him the chance and he didn’t take it, so better late than never…..


  3. eagles512 - May 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Nate Robinson crashes down to earth-loved it

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Lets be honest. It’s not like he had far to go

  4. iowahbr - May 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    The best about tonight’s game was that I was able to catch almost all of Top Gear without missing anything from the Bull’s effort.

    • badintent - May 14, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Thanks to the ECC(Evil Canadian Conspiracy) , I couldn’t see any of the game. All hockey on all channels. Consider yourself lucky.Imagine PBS showing hockey games . Evil

  5. eventhorizon04 - May 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Not much analysis needed here.

    Bulls turned over the ball a lot and couldn’t hit even open shots, and they set a franchise record for lowest points scored in a playoff game. To put Bulls’ shooting performance into perspective: They earned 32 free throws (11 more than the Heat), and yet they still only scored 65 points. Factoring in the missed 7 free throws, the Bulls scored only 40 points from the field – that tells you how poorly they shot.

    While the Heat defense deserves a lot of credit for that, there were a lot of missed open shots and more than a few airballs by the Bulls. When an entire team shoots like they did this game, fatigue is pretty obvious.

    The Heat didn’t necessarily “look” dominant because they made mistakes too – a lot of unforced turnovers by both teams, and the Heat “only” shot 33% from 3 (which isn’t too impressive). However, the Heat had to just be “average” on offense (scoring 88 points) to beat a Bulls team that couldn’t hit jumpers.

    It’s telling that the only Bulls player to hit a 3-pointer was Rip Hamilton, the most well-rested player on the floor for the Bulls since Thibodeau didn’t give him much playing time before this game.

  6. reddolfan66 - May 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Looked like a HEAT home game lot of empty seats… Go HEAT!! 9 more to go!!!

  7. totoywoods - May 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    no hard goils tonight?

    …lebron learned his lessons!

  8. glink123 - May 13, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    GarPax has one final shot this summer of doing something to justify keeping their jobs. Boozer was a disaster. Hamilton was a disaster. Letting Asik go and getting nothing in return was a disaster. Resigning Taj Gibson to a Luol Deng-sized contract was a disaster. Drafting Derrick Rose was a no-brainer (Michael Beasley, hello?). Honestly, part of me wonders if this whole Derrick Rose sitting out the entire year, right after signing his $100 million dollar deal, is his pre-emptive strike towards forcing a trade out of Chicago. Lakers get Rose and Boozer. Bulls get Howard, Nash, and Gasol.

  9. kb2408 - May 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    The Heat are so overrated. They very well could be the best team in the league but in this watered down version of the NBA that’s not saying very much. They held a depleted Bulls team to 33 first half points while only scoring 44 themselves. Against a better team they would’ve been losing at the half. As a matter of fact, against a healthy Bulls team they would lose. And some have the audacity to make the claim that this is one of the best teams ever. The Spurs title teams in their prime would crush them. The Lakers with Kobe/Shaq would annihilate them. I hope Indy gives them a good thrashing so the lie that the Heat are a great team can die.

  10. jjones314 - May 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    The Bulls are one game away from being eliminated…After all the talkin, after all the hacks, after all the dirty fouls, and the bragging about shoving LBJ to the floor while he wasn’t looking….You’re one game away from being eliminated.

    Hahahahaha. That’s what you get for trying to be thugs and hoodrats vs being a quality basketball team.

    Better luck next year I guess.



  11. pantsfreezone - May 14, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Even down 1-0, I was never worried. Not even for a second. Miami is too smart, too talented, too well coached to lose 4 out of 7 to any team in the NBA. Even gimpy Wade can’t slowdown the Heat.

    I do want to give props to the Bulls for the try. Even if your fans and players and coach whine like 13 year old girls who aren’t allowed to have cell phones. Also, enjoy Boozer at $16 million for the next two years, hahaha, that guy is worse than his spray on beard.

    I’m pretty sure Miami has nothing to fear from any teams left in the playoffs, but Memphis might give the Heat a tougher series than anyone else.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Memphis is for real. And so are the Pacers. Both are long and athletic and have big front courts to disrupt the Heat.

      • heat256 - May 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        I agree on memphis, but not so much on the Pacers. They run way too hot and cold for my tatses. Like the Bulls, they play great defense, but are they consistent or good enough on offense to adequately outscore teams? That remains to be seen. They miss Granger though. Could have used his scoring.

      • mobuccsfan - May 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Agreed. I think both of them and even the Warriors would be tough. Assuming the Heat make it to the finals, I say it goes 6 or 7 regardless of opponent. I don’t think it will be the sweep everyone is thinking and/or hoping for if you are a Heat fan like myself. to be fair, I was a fan back in the 90s well before Lebron and even I think that whole deal was lame with the Decision etc. Huge D-Wade fan and back in the old school days with Mo and Tim Hardaway.

  12. jlsiberia - May 14, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    The east is terrible. Pathetic. No one has a chance to beat the heat. Why do the refs never call traveling on Lebron? He takes 3-4 steps, jumps then dribbles. Pivots with illegal steps, never a call, I don’t get it. Ricky Rubio for president.

    • miamatt - May 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      LBJ got called for traveling last night.

  13. 91devinhester23 - May 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    oh well this rag tag bunch did much more than I thought possible. The bandwagon heat trolls will eat it up but beating the loaded Nets in game 7 on the road, ending the streak, and giving it to the heat on the road is pretty good for a team down a superstar and starting bench players for 48 minutes.

    • pantsfreezone - May 14, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      By loaded, you mean drunk right?

    • jimmymarlinsfan - May 14, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      Is Devin Hester the slowest human being on earth in the reality you live in?

  14. bigwii - May 14, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    I can’t wait until next year when teams in the east don’t have their best players injured. The last 2 years their 2 biggest threats had a bunch of injuries and they walk to the finals.

    Rondo, Rose, Deng were injured if they were healthy it would be a whole different playoffs. Keep bragging the Heat are the “greatest” in a decade they get by in close games by flopping and dumb calls by Stern’s refs.

    Anyone that days anything negative about the Heat they’re automatically a hater but yet Heat fans insult and make all these excuses. You can’t have it both ways, and it’s not hating its logic even though most Heat “fans” don’t know what that is.

    Brag and call everyone haters all you want next year Rose, Rondo, Westbrook, and Kobe will all be healthy the Bulls fully healthy will be the best team in the east next year and I’m not even a Bulls fan. Just someone sick of all these hypocritical Heat fans.

    All you heat “fans” calling the Bulls dirty have obviously not watched basketball long because in the 90s and early 2000s that’s how playoff basketball was and there wasn’t half the whistles there are now it’s not dirty it’s physical.

    I know LeBron, Wade, Battier, and the rest of the floppers don’t like when people touch them but that’s how it used to be I’m glad the Bulls are playing old school playoff basketball it just shows how sensitive and annoyed they get when people actually get physical with them, and how much they flop.

    I watched Battier and Chalmers fall down at least 5 times trying to get calls pathetic.

    • pantsfreezone - May 14, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      Blah blah blah. Refs, whine, cry, flop.

      Do you ever watch the Bulls play? Carlos Boozer screams “AND ONE!” after every shot (that he usually misses because he sucks) even when his defender is 6 feet away. Nate Robinson and Noah do the same things that Bron and Wade do, which is emphasize contact to draw the foul.

      The foul difference is 5. The Heat have won by there three games by 70. Shut up. Thanks.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 14, 2013 at 2:14 AM

        Well said Pants. Big Will suffers from cranial rectum disease

      • southbeachtalent - May 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Boozer is basically Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Along Came Polly…


      • cincyorangenblack - May 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        It’s not the total # of fouls you clown. It’s the type and timing of the fouls called. Every game the Bulls best players left were in serious foul trouble usually before half time. With a depleted roster, and having to sit your best defenders/only shooters they had ZERO chance.

        Hell, last night Bellinelli had 3 fouls with 10 or 11 minutes left in the second quarter last night….and he was one of 2 outside shooting threats the Bulls had left.

        Furthermore, the Bulls were getting touch fouls and off ball fouls called far far more frequently than the Heat were, and were also getting mugged in the paint.

        Foul totals are more for the unintelligent fans like yourself who look at #’s after a game, and don’t actually watch the games and take into consideration things like “context” “flow of the game” etc.

        See ya next year Heat.

    • nard100 - May 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      The Lakers next year?! Wow, you are clearly delusional. Did you watch them at all this year? Even with a healthy Kobe, they were downright embarrassing. The Celtics? They are already talking about tearing that team down for parts. You make a good point with Rose coming back next year, but don’t you think that with the Team the Heat has now especially with 3-point ace Ray Allen, they just spread the floor too well for Chicago? If Miami adds just one more big body that can play the post they are going to be unstoppable for years to come.

  15. doctordunkenstein - May 14, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    The crowd was kinda out of it tonight, I guess its hard for Nate Robinson to hype them up after every single play when he goes 0-12 lol…Poor Nate looked like lbj’s son tryin to stop him on that and 1!!

    • miamatt - May 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      I believe that’s the play Kerr said, “they need to hand Nate Robinson a cigarette and a blindfold.”


  16. bigwii - May 14, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Insult my opinion all you want but all you Heat “fans” are so biased its not even worth explaining it even more. I have watched this game a long time why is it that the only people that don’t see the Heat get calls and flop is Heat “fans” everyone else sees it.

    Heat “fans”spend all there time mocking and trolling other teams and their fans but get so sensitive any time the Heat get rightfully criticized. Stay classy Heat “fans.”

  17. rodge1 - May 14, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Nice Heat win, they took care of business. Miami vs Memphis is going to be a great Finals… Chicago deserves a lot credit for making it this far and should be proud of themselves. Coach Thibs is a great coach (when he’s not complaining about the refs) and deserves Coach of the Year.

  18. canehouse - May 14, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    LET’S GO HEAT!!!

  19. yuwannano - May 14, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    UGH!!! That about sums up what I saw last night. Oh Nathan…:-(

  20. randomname321 - May 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Actually, it was the refs. Just ask any Bulls fan. They never lose because the other team played better than they did. If they lose, it’s always the refs.

  21. iowahbr - May 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    The Bulls entertained us this year and Butler emerged at a potential very good player. There should be no complaints. Next, how to get better for next year?. 20 mill for Boozer and Hamilton is the open issue. Boozer is a good 5-7 million and Hamilton is a 1 mil player right now. That leaves 12 to 15 mill against the salary cap if the right steps get taken and the right free agents are available to help Rose and co.

  22. waynegretsky77 - May 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    chris bosh is overrated. he gets media hype an all star because he playes with two superstars.he made all star game because of popularity. May i remind u he only toook toronto to two playoff appearances, never had home court, never one a playoff series before joining superteam. he lost ot weak azz nets lol as i remember in 2007.

    • pantsfreezone - May 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Listen, hockey guy, Bosh is probably the best big forward in the league from a complete player standpoint. He can play as a stretch 4, defend the rim and he is quick laterally and vertically.

      And Toronto, like Cleveland for LeBron and Chicago for Rose, didn’t put a real 2nd option or team around him. They didn’t/don’t have a Pat Riley and therefore, they were/are doomed to fail.

  23. waynegretsky77 - May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    wow losing to a injury filled bulls and weak azz bucks. so tough. lebron is lucky stern gave him a ring last year and mvp because of popularity. lebron is the justin bieber of basketball,

    • pantsfreezone - May 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      They won, you moron. If anything, LeBron is the Kanye West of basketball. Routinely hated, but a genius who creates nothing but art.

  24. bigwii - May 15, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    No not only Boston and they’re better than people, especially Heat “fans” think. Bulls, Pacers (who are missing their best shooter which is what they’re currently missing us scoring, Danny Granger), Knicks will be better, and you never know with free agency and the draft.

    The Heat will not be “unstoppable” for years to come. Wade doesn’t look so good, and their cap strapped team can’t add another big man, in fact they’re going to have to get rid of some guys (check the new CBA) to get under the huge luxury tax.

    Up and coming teams in the east, the west teams are strong wait until they’re healthy. Enjoy it now while all their best competition is injured we will see how dominant they are next year.

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