Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  26 responses

Chris Bosh on Game 1: ‘We Took a Beating’

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The opening stanza of the wildly-anticipated Eastern Conference Finals began the way everyone expected the series to go: tight, tense, dramatic, and highly entertaining.

And then the third quarter began, after which the Chicago Bulls ran away with Game 1 over the Miami Heat.

The Bulls, led by their MVP point guard, came out for the second half with a renewed purpose, dominating on both ends of the floor (including, most critically, the glass), and being the more forceful of the two teams. It’s something Miami knows has to change if they’re to head back home with a tied series.

The Heat aren’t worried — concerned, yes — and they know what needs immediate addressing. From Sports Illustrated:

“We took it on the chin in virtually all of the energy areas,” said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. “Offensively we got away from things we normally do … You have to be able to execute details, setting guys up, screening, moving the ball. Because of losing a lot of those effort areas and the second-chance points, it really deflated us.”

“We have to move on and learn from this,” said [Dwyane] Wade, who finished with 18 points on 17 shots. “We need to figure out a way to make sure we don’t hold the ball. We need to move the ball and make them work.”

“We shot our own selves in the foot, we didn’t move the ball like we usually do,” said [Chris] Bosh. “This is no different from any other loss that we’ve had. We took a beating tonight, and I think we’ll get better. This has been a group all year that’s responded well when we’re down.”

Aside from correcting their defensive and rebounding mistakes, Miami’s two superstars, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, will need to provide Chris Bosh with better offensive support in Game 2.

Talk about an oddly fitting role reversal, in what continues to be perhaps the most unpredictable Playoff season in NBA history.

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  • robb

    How do you call a PF who doesn’t rebound?

  • jessica

    i think heat tried no matter how much they loose or win i’ll still like heat.heat 4evea!

  • http://www.nba.com Gman


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  • cklyn sazer

    a healthy, hungry and gooD Bulls team is what happeneD. D wade looked spent, Lebron MIA, typical TOR Bosh,– not so easy when you push and other guy is healthy enough to get up and push back. Gonna be a good series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Get a beating..
    ..Like a Bosh!


    And Bosh liked it. lol

  • http://www.kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    They took a beating but oddly enough Bosh did not. Who would have guessed that he wouldn’t play like a Bosh?

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    thank you captain obvious.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I read elsewhere (Fox?) that Bosh had “the playoff game of his career”. 30points, 9rebs, 0 assists, 0 steals, 2 blocks. Euuuugh.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Erm, try again – 2 TOs, 0 blocks. Double Euuuuugh.

  • Mike From Spain

    Bosh did not play bad, but his team got straight punked anyway

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Is this the real life life? Is this just fantasy?

  • slamfan4life

    i knew MIA would lose, Bosh cant be your leading scorer…..

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Wade needs to guard Rose if they want to stand a chance…

  • r2j

    Bosh loved the fact that he got 30 but he didn’t like the scoreboard. Ha-ha.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Don’t worry MIA, Kobe said don’t panic yet.

  • roman

    1982- Kobe did tell MIA to panic-( 0-3) in the regular season. Its no fluke they got their arse handed to them yesterday. Chicago is not getting any smaller. Heatles better get some help off the bench.

  • http://www.slamonline.com iSwag

    Rats, someone beat me to the “& and he liked it” joke.

  • W.Mack

    I noticed that the team didn’t have much faith in Bosh even though he got off last night. He did most of his damage by junkyard dogging it. On one particular play in the 3rd quarter, Rose & a big got stuck after a pick & roll. Bosh had Rose posted up nicely on the block. Instead of Wade going to him, he decided to try to take the big to the hole off the dribble. He wound up taking an off balance shot that MAY have grazed the rim. They got nothing from it. If he goes to Bosh, there’s a good percentage they get at least 2 foul shots out of the deal.

    Wade, for whatever reason, wasn’t getting the calls he normally gets when he draws contact. So he started settling for jump shots. Same thing with LeBron. It was like he was in Cleveland again. Dribble out the clock, take a bad off balance jumper.

    All that being said, I tip my hat to CHI. They made just about every hustle play, played stifling defense, owned the offensive glass, and took care of the ball. MIA didn’t do much to help themselves with all that hero ball though. This was just Game 1. If CHI can keep that same level of play going, MIA might have to wait until next season to start toward those 7 or 8 chips they talked about at the pre-season pep rally

  • Red Star

    What a shame, The 5 6 7 8′s got destroyed by DA Bulls. More to come!!!

  • Jamaal87

    Typical Eboy, after a Heat loss, he is no where to be seen. hah.

  • Jake

    Wheres eboy? You hiding like Osama?

  • spit hot fiyah

    @max u beat me to it

  • Yesse

    robb, i believe the right term is Pau Gasol.

  • giogolo

    EBOY sucks..always one-sided. only talks about Miami..but arguements seem to border on the sensless most of the time.