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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: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:50 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

ya and who is your big 4 kid... you have d. rose he is a beast korver is good joakim average and boozer just like bosh inconsistent as fuck.. rose has to carry ya'll to win no chance bulls win in 5 might win series but not in 5.. so who r your 4 i can think of 1 maybe 2

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:47 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Chi-town I disagree when you say the Heat have no bench. Their worth is not determined by points scored, they space the floor play solid defense and make timely shots. They'll also get a boost from Haslem getting back in the rotation. They'll never put up big numbers with Wade, James and Bosh scoring 80% of the points, but they know their roles and will be ready, you can count on that. Go Heat!!

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:44 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

go Bulls, knock the whiners out in 4

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:41 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

I remeber the Jets finally getting over the Pats and Colts "hump" in the playoffs only to get man handled by the less vaunted Steelers.  I hope the same can be said for Miami getting over their Celtics "hump"

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:36 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

ColdStyle: It's pretty clear from your post why you on the Amateur level, with a Reputation of zero.  You couldn't even beat the Hawks in 5, much less the Heat, who are vastly better than Atlanta.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:19 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Been waiting for this since the "decision" This will be good....... I guess the Bulls are the underdogs even though their the number 1 seed, have home court, number 1 defense, number 1 bench, Coach of the year, league mvp, beat Miami 3-0 in the season. They say Derrick Rose need help? Miami need help they have NO BENCH, what they going to do play the big 3 48 minutes? Bulls in 5 and everyone will be surprised and basketball fans will be tearing the Heat apart, and basktball analyst will be saying the Heat wasn't playing there game etc and all the other crap that analyst say to justify picking the Heat.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:57 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Da Bulls Da Bulls Da Bulls Da Bulls !!!! Bulls in 5.......... Miami's goal was to beat Boston this year.  They're out of passion.  These Bulls are hungry and our big 4 is better than Miami's heartless big 3.  We R UnstoppaBULL son.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:48 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

The Bulls are not ready, this is Rose's first time he has won a playoff series this season. Now he has to face Finals MVP Champion D-Wade and Lebron who has also made it to the Finals. The Heat have veteran players that will not shy away from the moment. It's going to be a great series of many more to come between these 2 giants. Before you reach that peak you have to go through someone, the Jordan led Bulls had to get by the Pistons, this Bulls team will have to get by the Heat. They're not ready for this moment yet. Lebron and D-Wade at this stage of their careers is too much for any team on this big of a stage. Enough talk lets enjoy this epic battle. Go Heat!! Prediction Heat in 6.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:43 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

After the Heat take the first two in Chicago you can rewrite this nonsense. Rose vs Bron CB and Flash no contest.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:28 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Yeah, there's no possible way the Bulls with the best record in the East could win in Miami...LOL...  Get over yourselves Heat fans.  You might win the series, but there's a reason the Bulls finished with the best record in the NBA despite having Boozer and Noah out a significant amount of time.  It's their defense, bench, and MVP point guard.  Everyone thinks Rose is all they have, Deng, Boozer, and Noah can play some ball too.  Sorry that Heat fans forgot about Chicago when you were crowning yourselves champions in your preseason celebration.  You'd better win it this year, the MVP is 22. 

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