2011 NBA Playoffs: Bulls Ready to Prove Win vs. Heat Was No Fluke


By Mike Loszach

Well Game 1 went just about as well as we could have hoped for, right? That game was an absolute joy to watch. After a jittery start the team settled down and played a great game. We landed a couple of nice jabs in the second and third quarters before delivering the knockout blow in the 4th quarter.

Not to toot my own horn too much, but they really executed on my keys to the series. I said that we had to limit the turnovers to avoid fast break buckets for Miami. Well, after a free early turnovers from Derrick he really settled in nicely and took care of the ball. Secondly, I thought we had to win the rebounding battles consistently. Well, as simple glance at the Stat of the Day (yes we have one this time) tells us that we dominated on the offensive glass. I was a little nervous about this one in the first half when we gave up a few second chance buckets, but we sure dominated the glass in the second half. Third, I said we our bench had to show up. I think it’s safe to say they did. Taj Gibson was trending on twitter for a reason. Lastly, I said we had to put the pressure on Miami by winning Game 1. Well, not only did they win but they won by 21 points. Now the Heat have to think about that for two days. How will they respond?

If Lebron and Wade have any kind of heart at all they’re going to come after us with everything they have in Game 2 after getting embarrassed on Sunday night. I mentioned in an earlier post how I thought Luol Deng was our MVP Sunday night. Not only did he play well offensively, but he did a wonderful job defensively on Lebron. It wasn’t just Lebron, though. We did a great job with our team defense. Our bigs were unbelievable. We kept switching on pick and rolls and Noah and Gibson did an amazing job of keeping those guys out of the paint. I even saw Asik do it once, forcing Lebron into a 3-point attempt. Granted, he made the shot, but that’s the shot that we want Lebron taking. We’ll see what, if any, adjustments Miami makes offensively to try and improve in this area.

Stat of the Day:

The Bulls outscored the Heat 31-8 on second-chance points in Game 1

Probable Miami Starters:

G – Mike Bibby, 3.5 PPG

G – D’Wayne Wade, 25.5 PPG

F – Lebron James, 25.1 PPG

F – Chris Bosh, 17.5 PPG

C – Joel Anthony, 3.8 PPG

Probable Chicago Starters:

G – Derrick Rose, 28.8 PPG

G – Keith Bogans, 5.2 PPG

F – Luol Deng, 17.1 PPG

F – Carlos Boozer, 12.0 PPG

C – Joakim Noah, 9.8 PPG


Current Line: Chicago (-2), Over/Under 181

I hate Steve Stone’s guts but one thing he says that I absolutely agree with is “you’re never as good as look when you’re winning, and you’re never as bad as you look when you’re losing.” We need to keep that in mind when looking at Game 1. It was just about the perfect game for us, but don’t go crazy Bulls fans. Miami is going to play better than they did on Sunday night. I can’t imagine we will shut down Lebron and Wade the way that we did in Game One. I still like us to win the series Bulls fans, but it’s not going to be easy. This is going to be a series. Hope I’m wrong about tomorrow night.

Heat 88 Bulls 86

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