With Chicago vs. Miami facing each other tonight for the first time this season, thought I would get a thread started to see what everyone opinion on the game is and what they're looking forward to seeing. As this match-up is most likely the first of four preview of the eastern conference final.
News regarding who's playing.
As far as I’m aware Miami has their full squad tonight, whilst the Bulls will be without Deng and Rip is uncertain to play.
What I will be keeping an item on:
- With Deng out, and Rip uncertain. I will be looking to see if the Bulls will be able to contain Wade and LeBron. The most likely situation given the injuries will be that Brewer will spend most of the game guarding LeBron and Rose will guard Wade, with Kyle Korver and the smaller guards guarding Miami’s PG. So will be interesting to see if they can contain them without their starting SF. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if you see Miami going with LeBron and Wade at PG during the most the game in order to create mismatches, using Miller and Battier given the Bulls situation.
- The other thing I will be looking at is if the Heat can cope with the Bulls frontcourt. In last year's playoff with Noah/Boozer not at 100% and Asik injured, they never got to feel the full force of the Bulls big men. So will be interested to see how Miami goes about defending them and how the cope.
I personally think the difference and the winner will be determined by who wins on the mismatches, Miami in the backcourt or the Bulls in the frontcourt.Whichever one wins that will the game.
Anyway I’m still hoping we get a good close game and we get another
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im always looking forward to seeing the heat lose, but i dont care for the bulls either. But it should be fun. Not having deng hurts the bulls big time though. rose has to be the best player on the court for the bulls to win this one and im interested to see if that happens.
The video I tried to link in first post, won't let me edit. So ye, hope we get another moment like this one.
Here the Heat go with the Legion of Doom uniforms
Really sloppy so far
Lebron fast as &$#%#&@!
stupid foul by rose. Just give up the layup if you have to.
Not a good start at all.
Lebron aint lost no athleticism stop with that nonsense.
LeBron > every basketball player on earth. Not even debatable.
Did LeBron really just jump over John Lucas?
Yes he did. LeBron just lept over him like he wasn't even there, >_< .
Chicago really missing Deng at the moment.
I love rose and all but he looks so afraid out there. He should be trying to drive every single play. He is playing like a wimp and backing down to Lebron. Right now it looks like Lebron wants it more which is strange considering Rose and bron's history. Hopefully Rose will be more agressive and take control of his team.
These refs blow. Wade is the biggest actor in the NBA.
I don't see a problem with Rose at all.
Rip Hamilton's defense is way better than I thought.
Seems like Rose stepped it up huh AgentZero?
Yessir. I am sending him my apology now.
LeBron shoots the same pull up jumper going to his left... You think they'd figure that out by now. I mean, if he elevates over you and makes it, then so be it. But that move shouldn't be fooling anybody. He almost never pulls up going to his right.
Considering that the Bulls are still right in this against a injury-free Miami, missing probably their best defender and 2nd/3rd scoring option in Deng. I fail to see everyone's view that the Heat will make the finals, beating the Bulls on their way so easily.
In regards to the game, time for Kyle Korver to start draining down those three's. Bulls to win xD.
Paul Pierce always does the exact same turnaround every single time in late game situations and no one has ever figured that out either. It's disappointing.
I hope the Heat put LeBron on Rose during crunch...
Rose is destroying the Heat right now.
Rose did not like being swatted by LBJ at all it seems.
Derrick Rose has the best floater in the league. Period.
What's Erik Spoelstra thinking benching LeBron and Wade? Bulls right back in this.
Rose just made me look like a fool for saying that afore said post.
Best 4th quarter player in the NBA.
LBJ must have been injured for the final half of the season and the preseason last year. is athletisism is looking to be back to normal and thats not just in this one game ive noticed this. Best in the game undebatable.
rose is beasting. That one handed push shot anywhere within 12 feet of the paint is unstoppable. This is a matchup i would love to see in the playoffs. Daneboy is gonna either be celebrating or crying in a little bit
Yea... LeBron on Rose. I want Rose to get pay back so bad...
Did Boozer dye his Facial hair?
IF Boozer doesn't have it going offensively, then yea I agree... Gibson is better.
i really do not like dwade
Rip Hamilton might be as intelligient of a player there is in the league he plays so under control and smart all the time
Ugh. Bad call.
Cleanest block ever. Oh wait I forgot the "lebron rule".
Now that's what I call a hustle point, 4 'second chance' chance's.
LeBron got forced to his right on that last possession and he didn't shoot... Pump faked.
this game has a playoff atmosephere.. Wow
Now it's LeBron's turn.
lebron is the best choker ever
Refs blue it on that call... BLUE it.
lerbon stole that tip
Lebron had 1 extra steal that won't show up on the stat sheet.
SAME TEAM CHICAGO
the refs screwed up, but it didnt end up impacting anything. It should have been heat ball and it ended up that way.
Bulls should go for the win.
Boozer passed it to the wrong guy... Had Hamilton wide open on the cut.
hamilton was wide open in the corner when rose shot it too