Sunday, May 15th, 2011 at 12:39 pm  |  27 responses

LeBron: ‘[Bulls-Heat is] Going to be [an] Offensive Struggle’

by Adam Figman

The Bulls-Heat series begins tonight, which means just about the entire world is looking ahead to what could be one of—or the—best series of the NBA Playoffs.

While nobody is entirely sure what’ll take place, LeBron James has one prediction: That it’s going to be a defensive, grind-it-out battle. That’s not a great thing for the general public, which tends to love a high-scoring, high-flying affair, but this should be positive news for basketball purists who love a good dogfight.

The Heat Index has more:

LeBron James had a bit of advice Saturday for fans who are expected an exciting, high-scoring, offensively efficient playoff series between his Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls: watch the Western Conference finals instead.

“I can definitely see points in the game when it’s not going to be fun for fans to watch if you love exciting basketball because it’s going to be offensive struggles sometimes,” James said Saturday as the Heat wrapped up preparations in Miami and traveled to Chicago for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday. “It’s going to be two great defensive teams [that] take pride defensively, [teams that] get more out of getting stops than they do in scoring.”

With two of the league’s top-rated defensive teams set to matchup for the right to advance to the NBA Finals, James knows that points will be at a premium. But he’s not expecting a relative shutout, either.

“Someone has to score,” James said. “I don’t want it to be a Big Ten showdown out here. At some point, someone has to score.”


Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau agreed with James’ early assessment, predicting the series would be “probably a slugfest.”

“Hey, they’re a good team. They didn’t get here by accident,” Thibodeau said Saturday. “When you look at the teams that have gone this far you have to be well-balanced. You have to be good on offense, good on defense, good rebounding, and you’ve got to take care of the ball.”

These two Eastern Conference powerhouses tip off tonight at 8 p.m. EST in Chicago. If you’re not excited for this one—well, we don’t really know what to tell you. You gotta be.

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  • http://www.bulls.com. Rigo Gonzalez

    Sh*t, I’m a Bulls fan.
    Defensive, grind-it-out games are dope to me.
    I’m going to LOVE this series.
    I think LeBron, Wade and Rose will all get their 25+ per, but the final score of the games might be in the 80′s or 90′s every night.

  • truballer

    heat in 6! lebron an bosh will get there 1st ring! this year……………

  • r2j

    Damn straight it will be. I see Miami winning this one by 6 or 7 games. I will admit that I didn’t expect the Bulls to be a number 1 seed in the East and I’m from Chicago.

  • nathan

    I’m sorry heat fans, but I honestly do not see your team beating the bulls in a seven game series. Your team is definitely tough with two of the best players in the league right now and bosh, but besides those three there is noone really to be worried about. As the regular season demonstrated, this bulls squad can handle the heat. The heat are very good bet definitely get rattled easy, when things aren’t going there way. There frustration is always evident on the court, and this is why the bulls are going to win this years series. Mavs are going to win the championship though.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    Who puts fear on the bulls team

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    I’m sorry Nathan I think your out of your mind,

  • nathan

    In terms of teams, I would assume the heat are concerned with this matchup since they have not been able to beat the bulls yet. I think this frustration is going to mount, and is going to cause poor play. I wouldn’t necessarily call this fear but if there goal is to win the champioship, the bulls should make them very worried.

  • http://www.nba.com K Dub

    This is a tough series to predict I am a Bulls fan but……………. This series is going 7 games no question asked!! Both of these teams are to good to lose in 6 or less anyone who says CHI will win in 6 or Mia win in 6 is dead wrong!!

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @nathan. The Bulls should be just as concerned about a Heat team that isn’t playing like they just met each other anymore. Home court advantage will be huge, no doubt, but regular season has nothing to do with the playoffs. Just ask the other teams that exited surprisingly early. The two players on the heat you mentioned have more playoff experience than the entire Bulls squad. I’m not a Heat fan, but I don’t think this is as cut and dry as “the bulls can handle the heat.”

  • Abdo

    @nathan. you sound like an assh%#e..stop trying to an espn analyst and just watch the series.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This series is gonna be insane!

  • http://www.bulls.com. Rigo Gonzalez

    @Abdo – if you scared, say you scared.
    Man’s voicing his opinions.
    The f*ck you think the comment section is for?

  • Dubson

    This might end up being the most exciting series for die hards. I can’t wait to see Rose take that next step further. The young man has progressed and taken the step to MVP now can he take the step to winner? I see the Bulls in 6. Too much interior strength with Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer. Bosh will get pushed around and Miami just doesn’t have the frontcourt depth. Luol Deng will be the difference maker, if he can come out and score 20-25 nightly then the Bulls have no problem but if he doesn’t look out Chi-Town.

  • richie

    Does he mean defensive struggle?

  • Jake

    So much for those struggles eh Lebron? What are you king of again?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Angel of Stern

    it was a struggle for one team..

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com airs


  • JTaylor21

    Bulls fans sounding like there’s a parade down Michigan Ave.

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    Derrick Rose, chucking the bulls to s chip one shot at time.

  • giogolo

    Dwade all the way. With taht said. Bulss in 7. Sorry.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Watching the bulls in the playoffs this year – Carlos Boozer could be right at home on WWE.

  • manny

    me, ill watch okc – dallas. this ones a real barn burner. hahah

  • Irfan

    Maybe it’s going to be that. But the Bulls scored more than 100!

  • Bill Sunday

    Everybody needs to watch kobe’s interviews! no bs

  • zarky

    Low scoring for the Heat, high scoring for the Bulls LOL

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Boozer vs Bosh, battle for the softest big in the league!

  • giogolo

    ^ Wahahahahaha..! = True dat!!!