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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: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:18 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Its funny, when people talk about Lebron and getting over this Celtics "hump"....a few things come to mind:

1) Are they SERIOUS?  Lebron had to bail on his team (which mind you, he had back to back MVPs and league best record - dont wanna hear not cry baby shit about how CLV didnt put talent around him.  You dont get League best record w 1 star in James and then a shit roster...get over that crap arguement).

2) This years Celtic team is NOT the same team that bounced his bitch ass from the Playoffs in previous years.  I am sorry for any Lebron fan that thinks he really overcame his Celtic "hump".  All he did was bail, and beat a team that was not nearly strong as previous years.  Much like when the Colts won that was ONLY bc they didnt have to go thru NE, end of story.

3) Un-do the trade w Perkins, have a fully healthy Rondo, where Wade is not pulling him down with him like a cheap little bitch...and Miami does not win that series.

Now the Bulls - Miami is going to lose.  Bibby sucks.  Sure he can hit an open 3 every once in a while.  Let him take all the open 3s he wants.  There is a reason he never won in Sac town and then was passed around.  Hes old, used, and washed up.  His window was shut by the Lakers for years in a row. 

Bosh?  Many ppl say it - Miami has a big 2.  MAYBE a big 2.5.  Bosh was a good player on the leagues SHITTIEST team.  What do u expect?  He comes to Miami...and hes soft.  Boozer will eat his ass up down low.

Jones?  You think the defense of Tibs and his Bulls werent watching?  Or wont study that film?  They will not let Jones shoot w out contest.  That is a gurantee.  Lets see if he shoots well w a hand in his face. 

Anthony, is decent for what he is.  Noah will most likely out work him.  Thats what Noah does. 

Wade and Lebron will have to carry the Heat.  And that just will not happen.  Not without sacrificing defensive energy...and if u dont...Rose and the Bulls will light Miami up before they know what hit them.

I do agree about what ppl on here are saying about Dallas.  That team looks scary.  If they shoot the long range 2 and the 3 ball as well as they have been....and its guaranteed that NO ONE is going to even come CLOSE to touching Dirks, step back fade away.  Thats a 7 footer executing that that is a sharp shooter.  Game Over, just like they Game Over'ed the fading Lakers.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 10:55 am

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

The Bulls are ahead of schedule they had the BEST record and the Nba, why not Miami? this bulls team has a first year coach and basically a whole new team outside of three players, so don't  say miami needed time to jell....... Bulls beat them three times to none and now that doesn't mean ANYTHING? Well why even watch regular season.....Boston was old in injured and they acted like they won the championship and the SECOND ROUND, you Miami fans make me SICK, you guys SUCK where was you fans at last year? you guys are full of crap and will look like idiots and 9 days.

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2011 2:13 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Does anybody really believe the NBA is going to allow their golden goose to walk away with no ring. The heat and Bulls is formality. The only thing more crooked than the NBA is boxing. Look at the phoro at the top of the article clearly Brons hand is under the ball hence carrying but alas no call. Just like the first championship for the Heat against Dallas. David Stern was not about to let Dallas and more importantly their owner win a title after all the news he created by being in the stands heckling paid off officials. Anyone who remembers that series objectively knows one player should not shoot more FT than an entire team or for that matter there should not be a disparety like that between teams. Second well done Dwayne nice take out of Rondo almost look like an accident. Remember it is all about MONEY and the players have less to do with the outcome than the people behind the game i.e. the commish and Las Vegas.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:51 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

The Bulls are a bunch of hackers with no chance against the heats brand of talent. Kind of like the fool in the white house also from the city of union punks. Bron and Flash should prepare for a mugging but it should be no problem beating the bulls and refs at the same time. Heat in 3.5

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:38 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Vegas has the Heat at 2 to 1 favs. I have them at 4 to 1. Heat in 3.5

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:32 am

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

hey momo------lebron who?

w/o a doubt, lebron's the best there is right now talentwise or skillwise......offensively that is.
from the last couple weeks of the regular season till now in the playoffs, lebron  has been terrific and off the charts.....sadly tho he's been doin' it against the likes of teams whose defenses have seen better times(e.g. orlando, atl, knicks, celtics).
when he faces the #1 D in the country however, he chokes either by deferring to his teamates on a last second shot(see the 2nd bulls match-up w/ miami:he passed to mike miller and failed miserably) or when  driving when the game is on the line he gets smothered by defenses he's got no answer for(see the D that noah put on him on the 3rd and last  match-up w/ the bulls).

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:15 am

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Dude, Momobad, put down your scary, spiked troll club for a minute and take a deep breath. BREATHE.  mm k?

I know there is a lot of pressure on you with eighth-grade graduation coming up next month, but you seriously need to relax your little-boy typing fingers.  How about you chill out and let the Bulls and Heat play the series? May the best team win. 

Listening to you whine (clearly sore) about Mj's 6 rings, the Cubbies being one of the most loved and storied franchises in the MLB, and the legendary 85' Bears (don't forget the Sox and Hawks, 05' and 10' champs, respectively to their sports - :D) is really comical. You are tossing quite the nerd-fury hissy over there and you aren't impressing any one. Chicago is an AMAZING sports market/town and no amount of 14 year olds freaking out before bed time (you :D) can change that.   *smiles*

Relax, make sure you get your homework done before you play your video games, and then grow up a bit and enjoy the Eastern finals no matter what happens.  

Okay there, kiddo!?   :D



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:47 pm

Heat-Bulls: The dream matchup is set

Now you've lost me because you're bringing up the Bears and Lakers and Celtics....I'm actually a Colts fan.  You sound like some kid.  So if not for arguably the best ever (MJ) the Bulls would never have assembled possibly the best team ever.  I guess you got me there.  The fact is.....They did son!

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