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Norris Cole with the huge dunk down the lane in Heat’s Game 5 win over Bulls (VIDEO)

May 15, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

The Heat eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs in Game 5 not only because they’re by far the better (and healthier) team, but also because they can get random big plays from just about anyone on the roster.

This drive and dunk from Norris Cole that he threw down midway through the fourth quarter was just the latest example.

On a team with as many stars as Miami has, including the game’s best player in LeBron James, it might be difficult for the lesser players to know when (and sometimes, if) it’s OK for them to be personally aggressive. Cole had no problem doing that in this one, taking the ball right down the lane for the monster jam with his team trailing by one at the time.

  1. eventhorizon04 - May 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Great dunk by Cole.

    And that clip shows why Thibodeau hates playing Boozer in crunch time, despite his good scoring and rebounding numbers.

    Notice how Cole had a clear path to the basket in part because Boozer didn’t want to help too much off of his man?

    Well, the guy Boozer was guarding is Chris Andersen, who was around 10 feet away from the basket. Andersen has hit maybe 3 jumpers the past 40 games or so he’s been with the Heat. He’s not a threat to score, and in that situation, the defender has to step into the lane and make the sophomore point guard pass the ball, even if that means Birdman gets “an open look” 10 feet from the basket.
    If Andersen in that situation takes a jumper, you live with it.
    If Andersen tries to drive to the basket, Noah would have been able to meet him at the basket.

  2. pantsfreezone - May 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    “Great defense, Boozer” – Nobody ever.

    • andrewproughcfe - May 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Least impressive 5-game series win ever?

      Absolutely.

      Pacers are going to demolish this group of prima donnas.

      • hatingyourteam - May 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        I bet you said the same thing about The Bulls. #yabish

      • andrewproughcfe - May 16, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        Nope. I said the greatest team ever would blow out the most injured playoff team ever in a massive 4-game sweep. Instead, the Bulls nearly won 4 out of the 5 games, including tonight.

      • pantsfreezone - May 16, 2013 at 2:22 AM

        No. No that’s not true. Heat are going to coast through Indy 4-1 and take on the Memphis Grizzlies in an epic Finals that I cannot wait for, let’s go already!

      • hehateme2 - May 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        The HEAT blew the lowly bulls off the floor in 3 of the 4 games.
        What on earth were you watching. Man, the bulls have some whiny fans.

  3. dolphindubs - May 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    And thus ends the Bulls playoff run and having to hear Boozer yell “And One!” after every shot, including free throws

  4. melkipershero - May 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Hello amnesty. Meet Boozer.

    Carlos “AND 1″ Boozer

    • money2long - May 16, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      he’ll still be a sought after free agent if that turns out to be the case, and that’s just the reality.

  5. rodge1 - May 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Love Cole’s confidence and playmaking ability. Will make it easier to eventually let Chalmers sign elsewhere.

    • biasedhomer - May 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      based on his comments that he is in the “front end” of point guards, Chalmers will be looking for a big payday.

    • nygrwy - May 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Is he actually good or is it a result of playing with the big 3. IDK this guy kinda annoys me.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 15, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Hats off to the Bulls on a very impressive game tonight.

    8

    • 1972sxwife - May 16, 2013 at 5:22 AM

      No speach tonight? You must have a lot of wiping to do.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 16, 2013 at 6:21 AM

        Wow. You’re like a cross between Single White Female and Ray Finkle.

    • 1972sxwife - May 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      You are quite the movie buff. Maybe you should focus more on movies than basketball.
      When are you going to talk about the Heat needing to do the”little things”. I know your an expert at the little things.

  7. dolphindubs - May 15, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    @andrewproughcfe

    Crawl back in your moms basement, pull out your Hello Kitty decorated tissues, and cry some more about how the Heat suck and it’s just not fair that they keep winning!

  8. mp4philly - May 16, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Cleveland State university!

  9. reesesteel23 - May 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    All hail the high top!

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