Chicago vs. Miami
lebron is smiling and everything when his choking ass blew two FT's and stole the jump ball
and the heat nearly lost after being up by 11 in the forth
Ahhhh, I have no energy left. That was a great game that could have gone either way. The refs were horrible all the way around in this one.
Three more regular season games, then hopefully an ECF match up. Going to be one hell of a series. Hopefully both teams are at full strength.
Bulls shouldn't hang their heads. They almost beat the Heat with missing CJ and Luol. They should be excited that they would have beat them with Deng and CJ. Should be interesting when they Play next time this season.
it will be a very good series if it does happen in the playoffs. Bulls didnt have deng, but heat didnt have wade playing well at all either. I will be pulling for the bulls if it does go down. In the end, it was a winnable game and rose didnt finish strong so i doubt they take a moral victory from this. But this doesnt hurt their confidence in the least bit.
Unlucky lose for the Bulls, they could have easily came out with the win. Miami will be breathing with a sigh of relief after that win.
However, the ref's were poor. Those last 20-30 seconds of the game, ruined the game for me. That's not including the bad calls before that.
Anyways looking forward to the next game with Deng and CJ back, especially with Stacey King commentating.
The Bulls will make it a tougher series this year, but I still see the Heat winning.
Main factor is that they have three players they can go to down the stretch, while the Bulls have one. The only way the Bulls can win is if Boozer, Deng, Hamilton, etc make open shots.
Rose had a good game, but I still think what happened last season is in his head. He didn't attack the same in the fourth once LeBron was put on him and the Bulls offense didn't have as much success.
I think your reading to much into it. Yes Rose didn't attack as much, but he did give them that 3pt play to get to 93-94 and then could have easily had them up by one with 20 seconds to go, had he made those two free throws. Also, had he made those it would have gone to LeBron or Wade to win the game; so anything could have happened. Even with that said, I still think Rose was aggressive enough.
I do agree with the bulls hitting those open shots comment though. I do believe that Boozer is either going to be what win's it for the Bulls or loses it for them. He has to consistently hit that mid range jumper or it's going to cost the Bulls come playoff time. Rip and Deng I'm more comfortable with.
Also, will have to disagree with you in regards to the Heat winning. Bulls all the way xD.
I don't think Rose scored with LeBron on him. He didn't take LeBron off of the dribble once. His only basket was in transition when he got the and one versus Chalmers.
I'm Rose all of the way, but LeBron will get a lot of criticism for his play down the stretch, but Rose took some bad shots, got away with a travel and a charge. His missed those two free-throws and also missed a wide open pass to Hamilton during that final shot.
I can acknowledge that Rose might not have scored on LeBron during those final minutes which he was assigned to Rose. I can also accept that LeBron will get slated for missing the two free throws, as well as Rose for some of his 4th quarter shot selection and those two free throws to tie/lead the game.
The travel and charge are hit and miss, because those at the end of the day are the referees call and 'what if's' situations.
However, one thing I won't accept is Rose being criticized for not passing the ball to Rip in the final play. I don't even know if Rose saw him during that final sequence, but one thing I know about franchise players is they put their team on their back. How many times have you seen Kobe/Paul Pierce etc miss those final second shots? Rose had hit that floater the last 3 time's during the game and had every right to try and tie the game right there. Yes Rip might have been the better option, but Rose will take full responsibility for that play, had Rip got that ball and missed then he would have been criticized more.
Paul Pierce I remember reading one time said how he always wants to take the last shoot so that if anyone gets the blame it's him. He doesn’t want someone else to be criticized, he takes it in his pride and knows if he misses it’s all on him. I think with Rose the same applies.
I still think Rose will learn from this, and Thibs will make sure that any mistakes he made will be seen and corrected for the next time they play any team. However, like I said in my opinion I refuse to accept that Rose should be slated for putting his team on his back and taking that shoot.Yes it might not have been the right option, but he had every right to take it in my books.
Like I always say my two cents. You might disagree with it, but that's my opinion.
Wow... talking about playoff atmosphere... I got exhausted watching the game... I just wanna say that the Bulls CAN beat the Heat, they just need to execute better at the closing seconds... One thing the Bulls has always done is come back from a huge deficit and they did that tonight...They never gave up and they played well but wasn't able to close it. I don't think the Bulls will lose any confidence or swag that they have right now, they have the best record and they're going to learn from this game... I would have been frustrated had they lost by 20, but to see them get to as close as one point is good enough for now. This is going to be a tough challenge for the Bulls because the Heat have a better bench than last year. They just need Lu healthy and Boozer to step up and help D Rose.
Just a couple takeaways...
Who is the Bulls second-best player? Especially without Deng, it seems like they have a #1 player and then a bunch of #3's. I don't think they can beat the Heat in a 7 game series without figuring this one out.
Does D-Wade get fouled on every jumpshot he takes?
LeBron's 1-on-1 game is his biggest weakness, right? He had a couple powerful post moves, but otherwise still settles for the stepback jumpers way too much. He just happened to be hitting 'em tonight.
The Miami Heat on the fastbreak is the most unstoppable force in the NBA.
Not sure if he is the guy to help the Bulls over the Heat.
nice preview of ECF
They must rebuild