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Heat Lose the First Game of the Series Thanks to Strong Chicago Defense

 

Out played, out enthused and out defended are all ways to describe this game from a Miami perspective. After coming off a heroic win over Boston to advance to the finals, the Heat were perhaps suffering from a little rust as they did everything in their power to keep up with the Chicago Bulls in the first half. Chris Bosh was all over the floor in an attempt to silence the talk of Carlos Boozer who had refused to acknowledge the big man in his interview where he spoke of “the big two”.

It is safe to say that Bosh was somewhat successful with his 30 points and 9 boards, mainly because neither LeBron James nor Dwayne Wade showed up by their standards. Erik Spoelstra opted for a small lineup to counteract Chicago’s height on defense; a strategy that helped the Heat slip through small cracks in a stingy defense in the first half.

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After entering the half level pegging, the fatigue had visibly begun to set in for the likes of Wade. He looked exhausted thanks to a Chicago’s defense. Wade got 18 points and every one of them was hard earned.

Chicago out rebounded Miami 45-33 and 19 of those were offensive rebounds for the Bulls. It seemed as though every shot was followed by another for the home team as they piled on point after thanks to great team basketball. Miami certainly did not play as a team, but as a group of talented individuals who stood and watched as Chicago’s bench outscored their bench 28-15.

 

 

A lot of people thought Chicago’s only key to victory would lie in the ‘valuable’ hands of Derrick Rose and although he did contribute 28 points, he was by no means the life and soul of the Chicago party. What he did, however, was attract attention and draw Miami’s gaze away from dangerous players like Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, who carved the Heat up with clinical shooting. Deng was 4-6 from 3-point range and got 21 points, while Noah grabbed 14 rebounds and 9 points. It’s too bad Noah didn’t have a 3-point game on the same level as Deng’s because then I could have made a pun about Noah’s Ark…

Miami will have to eliminate those offensive rebounds. It’s as simple as that. Then when LeBron and Wade show up we will have a ball game on our hands.

All the best from the UK!

Final Score: (MIA) 82 – (CHI) 102

 

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By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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