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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.)
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Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Originally from Chicago, I am a Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs fan.  Back when the Cubbies actually had a dynasty there was the famous double play combo; Tinker to Evers to Chance.  They inspired a newspaper columnist to write a poem that became known as "Baseball's Sad Lexicon".  Duplicating the meter of those lines I have composed the following to portray what I hope occurs in this nest series with Miami. 

First Indiana then next Atlanta;

Rose to the basket again.

Fast as the magic reindeer of Santa,

Rose off the backboard again.

Driving around those teams best along the way,

Dishing it off brings them to utter dismay

These words will surely darken Miami’s day;

Rose to the basket again.



GO BULLS 





Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

best analysis so far for this series-----good job manny!



Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Look who won in the regular season?  The bulls have more of a team and should pull through in the end, however they have to play consistent.  The Bosh / Boozer match up is the one I am going to watch.  They both will be guarding each other and usually Boozer does okay at the defense of the floor guarding taller players, however he does not do well with taller power forwards guarding him.  Yes he has his fade away however it usually bothers him.  I say that Bosh will be the key...If he can get his then I think it will be close.  If he does not then two players can not beat 5 in a seven game series.  Bulls in 6.

With that said I don’t think the winner of the eastern conference will win the NBA championship.  The best team right now in basketball is Dallas.  They are playing team basketball and no one has an answer for them at all both on offense and defense.  They are peaking at the right time.  I think that it is their year



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

lol, you know what I'm a bulls fan and i blog alot and what i noticed is nobody stand a chance against Chicago fan bloggers, when we have a winning team we completely destroy anyone who is not a Chicago fan..... Bulls fans lighten up some we got this.... let the experts and heat fans look like idiots.



Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

My level is at zero because that's my first comment ever.  You wanna know what my second comment is?  S my D bobthe fa g!!!!  Bulls in 4.  Sweep son.



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

bibby is an overrated has been lol as for chicago who? i said who buried the hawks wasnt his name boozer also a young tough center named joakim noah



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

you pitiful human being championship trophies are earned not just handed out chicago will test the very fiber of miami and will most likely defeat them



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Miami bench can't score but they do other things.....okay, so what Miami going to do when the bulls bench are playing Miami bench? Keep 2 of the big three out there? then what leave them in there? remember the bulls play hard defense for 48 minutes....see the bulls only have one superstar but it's not a huge drop off it's like going from one 10 rated star to a whole lot of 5's 6's and one 7 in boozer with the heat and the big three it's like going from two 10's, one 9 and the rest are alot 2 and 3's......bibby role is that of a three star with Heat.



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

I agree with you bro at least you can speak truthfully unlike all these dumb fucks that are just from Cleveland and hate Lebron.. He left there because they gave him no help he gave them 7 years they gave him shit, a washed up Shaq and Mo williams who couldn't score in the playoffs.. Been a Heat fan since wade went there out of Marquette not band wagon like all these other fucks... Let the best team win and win the Title... Good luck i think whoever wins on the road wins the series... However Dalls or OKC aren't gonna be a pushover..



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

The Steelers are not less vaunted than anyone. Check the trophys Kool Aide. The Celtics were a personal hump for Lebron, he will silence all critics with the 1st of many championships this season.


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