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Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: May 16, 2011 5:25 am
Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls took a convincing Game 1 win over the Heat 103-82. Let's grade!

Chicago defense: The Heat have proven to be susceptible to falling into stagnant offense full of jumpshooting and watching. The Bulls took full advantage of that. Miami never got into any rhythm in the second half, as LeBron struggled creating offense, Dwyane Wade struggled scoring and all the Heat's role players didn't produce much. But that's a credit to the terrific swarming Chicago defense. Grade: A

Bulls-Heat: Game 1
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Derrick Rose: I don't think anyone would classify Rose's game as spectacular, but he was controlled, smart and took almost entirely good shots. He went 10-22 for 28 points and dropped some big baskets in key moments for Chicago. Grade: A-

Chicago's bench: By Chicago bench, I really just mean Taj Gibson. Two massive dunks, a ton of energy and great pick-and-roll defense. The entire Bulls bench was solid, but Gibson was excellent. Grade: B+

Miami's bench: Pretty much entirely the opposite of the Bulls. Just 15 points total, seven rebounds and seven turnovers. It was not a great effort. Grade: F

Rebounding: The Bulls killed the Heat on the glass 45-33, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds. Miami's defensive rebound rate was a horrible 58.7 percent, which would be a low for the entire season. Chicago used all those rebounds to pile up 19 more shot attempts than the Heat. Not a single Miami player finished in double-figures rebounding. Chicago Grade: A. Miami Grade: F

Chris Bosh: Tell most everyone that Chris Bosh scores 30 points on 18 shots and the consensus would be the Heat take care of business in Game 1. Bosh was tremendous. He played well within his means, hit jumpers, scored inside, worked on the glass -- he was very good. He outplayed Carlos Boozer, and that seemed like what it would take for the Heat to win. Alas, in classic Bosh fashion, his good game will be forgotten because it came in a 21-point loss. Grade: A-

Dwyane Wade: Wade scored 18 on 17 shots and took a mean poster from Taj Gibson. He only took four free throws and didn't have near the look you'd hope to see from him in a Game 1. Wade finished as a game-high (or low, depending on perspective) -22. Grade: D+

LeBron James: Mostly the same story on LeBron as Wade. Fifteen points on 15 shots, six assists, six rebounds and only four free-throw attempts. And Luol Deng pretty much outplayed him in every way. Deng deserves credit for the defense, but the way LeBron was absolutely unable to get going is a bit distressing. Grade: D+


Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 2:57 am

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

Everyone already positioned the Heat to win it all.  There is so much politics in the NBA with Stern and game referees.  Watch the game tomorrow and you will see how Dwane Chippy Wade and Lebron Bulldozer James will try to hurt Bulls players specially Derrick Rose.  The cHEAT will do the same bullying tactics they did against Boston.  I hope the Heat loses again.  I dont like arrogant ballplayers who thinks they can do anything and get away with it.  GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:33 am

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

I think Heat fans forget that they couldn't beat Chicago all year. You cant win a title with no bench.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:32 am

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

Your right LeBron and Wade are such great finishers that their playoff run is finished...

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:58 pm

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

y dont yal just quiet. lebron and wade are the two best finishers in the game at this time. lebron can be sitting down and school rose any day any time.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:13 pm

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

And P.S. Deng has caused LeQuitter fits for his entire career.  A good game against Deng is more rare than a bad one.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:12 pm

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

One game doesn't change a thing, you're right.  But with the other three games...that would be four games.  The Bulls have been a better team all season, why would them winning AGAIN change a thing?

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:07 pm
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Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:34 pm

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

Heck - LBJ sat on the bench for 7 minutes in the first half ... and the game was TIED ... he played the entire second half and the Bulls had a 21 point advantage.

...Maybe LeBron being on the court was the problem...

Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 10:00 am

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

00SOUL....hey did you watch the same game we did, LBJ played like 42-44 what the hell are you talking about that we did'nt have good D.......Oh snap my bad..Yo when you get your head removed from LBJ A$$, Then maybe you can catch game 2 and this time see the    
D-Fence the bulls play...LMAO  BULLS in 5 games SEE YA HEAT

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:35 am

Game 1 Bulls-Heat report card

Wrong, wrong, wrong.  Lebron got his second foul at the end of the 1st quarter and went out.  Wade played with the second string the 1st couple minutes of the 2d quarter and Lebron replaced him.  Lebron played the entire 2d half and didn't get his 3d foul until the 4th quarter.  Lebron played 41 minutes.  If he was going to do something he would have.  How many times did Lebron go to the hole and get blocked by Noah, or Gibson.  The Bulls bigs are way more athletic than Lebron and Wade are used to.  They all can cover LBJ and switch off if necessary.  LBJ needs to hit the jumper to open up the lane.  Ideally Miami needs a point guard to drive and dish to 3 pt shooters so the middle gets softened up, but they don't have one.  This will continue to be an issue in this series.  Miami will lose due to defense and rebounding. 

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