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Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:30 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 8:41 pm
America gets its dream Eastern Conference finals matchup: The Miami Heat vs. the Chicago Bulls. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The 2011 Eastern Conference finals are about to be sliced and diced into pieces, broken down to the most minute detail, but as the Chicago Bulls blew out the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night to advance to face the Miami Heat, the instant take for any basketball fan should have been pure glee. This is the dream matchup. This is exactly who everyone -- especially those who have been watching over the past few months -- wanted to see.

Toss aside the "Good" vs. "Evil", "Humble" vs. "Egocentric" and "Balanced Team" vs. "Superstar Triad" dichotomies, if only for tonight. Take a second to realize that not only are arguably the three most exciting, dynamic, athletic players in the NBA sharing the court, but that two of the top five or so defenses will be out there too. 

In the regular season, Chicago sported the No. 1 defense and the No. 12 offense. In the playoffs, they've had the No. 2 defense and the No. 5 offense. In the regular season, Miami posted the No. 3 offense and the No. 5 defense. In the postseason, Miami has had the No. 3 offense and the No. 3 defense. In the regular season, Chicago led the league in rebounding while Miami was third; in the postseason, Chicago remains No. 1 and Miami has improved to No. 2. 

Chicago led the league in wins (62); Miami was third (58). This is a matchup of elite teams, groups that have played both sides of the ball well since the season started and are peaking at the right time. Consider: Chicago went 8-0 in April while Miami was 6-1. In the playoffs, Chicago is 8-3 while Miami is 8-2. In other words, over the past six weeks Chicago is 16-3 while Miami is 14-3. That's one loss per week -- combined -- for a month a half. 

One final plus: Both teams enter the series healthy, or as healthy as can be expected in mid-May. 

Each team has a guard the other has no answer for: Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade. Each team has an inconsistent power forward who is a national lightning rod: Carlos Boozer and Chris Bosh. The Bulls' vaunted defense will surely be tested by LeBron James, but Miami's weak bench will be pushed to its limit by the Bench Mob. 

There's a fair argument to be made that these are the best two teams remaining in the playoffs and the difference between the two teams is razor thin. Hell, even their basketball operations departments tied in the Executive of the Year voting.

Upsets are nice, and it's great theater to watch crumbling dynasties and players melting down. But excellent basketball trumps all of that. It could get physical, it will likely be more defensive-minded and less highlight-driven than we might expect, but this series will deliver excellent basketball.

(And we need that after suffering through the Atlanta Hawks.)

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:26 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

You'd think with all the crap you're talking either

a. Miami would have the NBA's best record this season, not Chicago
b. Miami would have been able to beat Chicago this year at least once in 3 tries.

Chicago isn't even supposed to be here yet, Rose is 22, they were the 8 seed last season. 

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:55 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Yes, I agree, D Rose does make his teammates look better; by Rose purposely shooting a crappy FG percentage, he empowers his teammates to get offensive rebound.  Great job Rose, keep up the great leadership ala Iverson!!!!

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:47 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Difference between the Heat and Bulls, up to this point:
1. From the regular season to the playoffs, the Heat is progressing while the Bulls are digressing (struggles agains Indiana & Atlanta?).
2. Heat's talent - Wade, LeBron, & Bosh - have a bigger chip on their shoulder than Chicago
a. Wade being left of the NBA  1st Team & him being from Chicago
b. LeBron being left off 9 MVP ballots and dealing with crap all season
c. Bosh being referred to as a .5 (i.e the Big 2.5), plus Boozer, his counterpart from the Bulls, totally overlooking him. 
3. When the Heat were playing at their worst, the Bull only beat them by 3 points?

The Bull do have the home court advantage plus the media (Bulls are the darling Team and Rose is the flower) advantage.  However, the Heat loves being in a villain role, even though the Heat's organization is classier than the Bulls and they really take care of their own (Where Jordan, Pippen vs. where's Alonzo Mourning?).  'Nuff said....Sorry Chi-town...Love your Food, but this will not be your year...sorry slanted media, but keep reaching for more analysis to hate on the Heat, but you could only go to the well so many times!!!

NOT THIS YEAR CHICAGO & NOT MAYBE FOR, AS LEBRON WOULD SAY, "...FIVE, SIX, SEVEN...".  ... but I'll come out to visit sometimes wearing my #3 Jersey from the Champs!!!


Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:34 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Reason is because in Miami, we occasionally blog, but other than, we are too busy partying with our beautiful pseudo-naked women, but since you're from Chicago and you wouldn't know anything about that would you?  

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:30 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Exactly, because the talent from the HAWKs is equivalent to that of the HEAT because, according to scientific analysis, both team monikers' start with the letter H (insert sarcasm here)!!!

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:07 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Boozer has one good game and decides to take a shot at Bosh, that's funny to me. That matchup isn't going to be as big of a factor anyway because neither is their teams focal point. Bosh will be solid like he's been all season and Boozer will be solid at best against this Heat defense. It's gonna come down to the superstars edge Miami 2 to 1 and 3 point shooting we'll see who makes open shots advantage Chicago Because of Korver, but Bibby, Miller, Jones and even House can get it going any given night.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:58 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

If you've watched any Miami games Chi-town the Heat very rarely have more than 1 of the 3 out of the game at the same time, that's why their bench is effective all they have to do is play defense rebound and wait for Lebron or D-Wade to hit them for open shots. That's also whats scary for Chicago, the Heat shooters have'nt shot that well and they still closed out Boston in 5. It's only a matter of time before shooters do what their paid to do. Wade and James are incredible and Rose is not far behind. It's not gonna be easy for either team, good luck it's gonna be fun to watch.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:14 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

lebron and wade  are two of the 5 best players in the world, including the nba, but my issue w/ 'em  is they are only great especially as individual players.....talent wise they are over and above every1 else....but unfortunately the game of basketball is teamwork and this is where d-rose is unique------he makes not only himself gr8 but his greatness takes and makes his teamates look and play gr8!
d-rose runs and orchestrates his team while he dictates the opposing teams  how to play against the bulls on his terms.

2 big 2 strong 2 fast------just waaaaaaaaaaaay too good!

BULLS in six!!!! 

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:55 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

bulls in six!

last night's game to close out atl was just a sample of what  bulls will do to miami! 

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:54 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

I am a Bulls fan and am partial of course, but I think the Bulls are gonna completely dominate inside. Boozer totally discounted the existence of Bosh in the last post-game interview and for good reason. It really is the big two and the above average third. I think the Bulls interior D will take care of Bosh. I think that lineup of Asik and Gibson will be more prevalent because of the type of interior D that they play. This will be a tough series and I'm excited to see it.

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