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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 8:26 am  |  194 responses

Post Up: Coming Through

The Heat win in overtime, go up 3-1.

Miami 101, Chicago 93

The Chicago Bulls’ struggles—specifically Derrick Rose’s—in the 4th quarter of games continued for the third game in a row on Tuesday night. After battling Miami hard in the first three quarters, even holding a lead for a very long stretch, the Bulls could not overcome the stifling defense of the Heat in the final quarter and the contest had to be decided in OT.

Derrick Rose made a commitment to come out and be more aggressive after passive play in Games 2 and 3, and that’s exactly what he did. Just ask Joel Anthony. Rose had three big dunks: one on a fast break with LeBron James trailing, one with Mario Chalmers attempting to draw a foul and one huge one on Anthony who tried to stop Rose at the rim to no avail. The play of the League MVP seemed to inspire Chicago and they jumped out to an early lead on Miami that put their opponent on their heels.

But Miami, playing in front of a packed house at the American Airlines Arena, would not be denied.

Led by the play of LeBron James, who took the assignment of guarding Derrick Rose down the stretch—limiting him severely—and some questionable offensive isolation calls late in the game on the part of head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Heat once again imposed their will on the Bulls in the late moments of regulation and in overtime, shutting Chicago down with swarming defense and going to James on the offensive end. He continues to make big plays in these Playoffs by singlehandedly closing teams out in crucial moments.

Along with the stellar play of James, who had his first 30+ scoring outing in this series, Miami also got a huge lift from Mike Miller off the bench, as he gave a similar contribution to the one they got from Udonis Haslem in Game 2. Miller chipped in 12 huge points off the bench and also grabbed 9 rebounds; his scoring seemed to help Miami get off the ropes and gave them the momentum they needed to overcome Chicago who, at the very least, seemed to rectify their offensive struggles from the last two contests in this game.

Miami now goes up 3-1 in the series in a game where Dwyane Wade was mostly nonexistent and it seems to now be a matter of “when” and not “if” the Heat will close out the Bulls to win the Eastern Conference Finals and advance to the NBA Finals. The loss was a crushing blow to Chicago, similar to the one the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks the night before. It wasn’t an easy victory by any means, and the Bulls did give it their best shot. It still wasn’t enough.

Miami will look to close the Bulls out in Game 5 Thursday night at the United Center.—Bryan Crawford (@_bryancrawford)

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  • monkeyball

    Veteran teams prevailing in both conferences. This should be a great learning experience for Rise, Durant, and Westbrook. I just hope, for the sake of basketball fans everywhere (and especially in Cleveland) that the Heat crash and burn in the Finals.

  • BYEBYE

    Rose called them iso s in the fourth qter instead of pick in roll to get Labron off of him he played 1 on 1 bball an it cost them
    Please give Labron his MVP back thanks Derrick we will pay the shipping charge

  • Brahsef

    Get ready for the new dynasty of basketball. Chip after chip after chip. Although I really want Dirk to get one. Especially since he’s just been ballin outta his mind.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Heat are playing with house money. They were supposed to be gone in the second round, remember? The Bulls were supposed to be the ones to expose them, remember? Keep hating……the fuel is good for the fire.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    I don’t know if Thibs made the silly decision to go iso, or Rose’s pride made the choice but that was unecessarily foolish. At most this series goes 6 games. Rose is brilliant but we can now kill all that “most unstoppable player” talk. I was actually surprised Bron locked him down like that, but he did it. So Rose can and has been stopped. I just want the finals to hurry up and come so I can root for Dirk to finally get a ring. It would be dope for him to get revenge for ’06.

  • mjNotkobe

    What happend to Bulls in 6? Actually, what happend to the Bulls in general?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Didn’t LeBron lose in the ECF as the League MVP? Yeah, I thought so…

  • Bruno

    give Lebron his MVP back?? people is crazy man … Just like the thunder, the bulls had it before overtime and with another final play both series would be different but it looks like it’s gonna be a rematch, looks like cause I still believe bulls kind of force at least game 7

  • balladjlfj

    Questionable calls all around, the ref’s are gifting Miami the championship. Look at their free throw record, it’s second to none.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I mean…..if you compare their head to head efforts in t this series…the difference between what Lebron does and what D-Rose does is night and day. One plays all aspects of the game, better than most, the other does one thing well, drive to the basket and finish. Let’s not kid ourselves. Well, Rose supporters can and should, but anyone else that can pass “the eye test” should be able to see the difference.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    This year’s playoffs have shown that the hyper-athletic breed of point guard is great for the regular season but can falter when it counts. And honestly, 8-27? It’s not like Rose is taking Kobe shots here, dude needs to focus.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    E, my point is that a segment of people feel that DRose stole something that was rightfully LeBron’s. It’s fine if you don’t think he deserved the award, but the way he’s been taken out of the last 3 games and Chicago has lost every single one of them, I think that more than solidifies his MVP case.
    Now, if that same segment of people also feel that Rose should be “willing” his team to victory because he is the League MVP, then I point them to the Cavs losing in the ECF to the Magic and the following year in the 2nd round to the Celtics. Bron was MVP in both of those series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I mean, Rose is trying to get on track but it’s difficult against the length of the Heat defense. Let’s be honest here too…..Tibs has sucked balls in this series in making adjustments and last night (especially in figuring out a way to get Rose a way to have better touches without being the focal point, (ie: not having him bring the ball up every time so that’s he instantly the focal point), his biggest mistake was not sitting any of his main guys for a few minutes to get a blow, and they were all gassed in the overtime. Spo got my wrath 20 times this season, but he’s been golden since the middle of April. I’ve got to give the man his due and buy him a beer when I run into him over the summer.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    B-Crawford – you’re doing very well to keep your composure here RE. your reporting… haha

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Just trying to call it square, Hurst…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I don’t think Rose’s MVP award is tainted, BC….he showed out in the regular season and earned it every night. We all know though that the playoffs are a different animal and matchups can be a bi*ch. He’s in a tough spot against the Heat, plain and simple. But….he’s not playing smart ball in my opinion. Too much forced action, too many Westbrook-like forces, not enough distribution. When he has made nice drive and dish plays (and there have been some) he looks SOOOO much better. When he’s trying to force a terrible layup attempt against three guys 6 or 7 inches bigger than him…well, that’s just plain terrible.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    For the first time in a long time, Cosign Eboy at 9:47.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    The only person carrying their own weight offensively in this series is Luol Deng, E. Rose has to try and take up the offensive slack of the SG, the C and at times, the PF. That’s a tall order.
    So I’m fine with him being aggressive, but the Westbrook comparison is still way off in my mind. Rose does make bad decisions, especially when it comes to not taking care of the ball, but there are times when he absolutely has to force the action.
    He looks good on drive-and-dish plays when guys are finishing, but those instances have been few and far between. Just my observation, anyway.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If I’m the Bulls in the offseason…I look to move Noah. F*ck it, they need a good scorer on the perimeter….sh*t, package him and Deng and make a run at Dwight. Noah is a nothing player. Fake hustle, hand clapping, no offense. He makes smart plays with the ball, I’ll give him credit, but he’s not a lockdown defender, he’s just active for a guy his size and covers a lot of ground. I hate him, so I’m biased, but the Bulls have a really good backup in Asik (who could start and platoon with another decent C off their bench) and Noah has the much more pertinent value on the trade market. Of course, this all wouldn’t be an issue if they could figure out a way to move Booze, but for real, who the fu*k would want Popcorn Muscles?

  • http://SHERMradio.com SHERMradio

    I’m only responding to BC on here versus ghost reading the comments section because that Orlando series was a bad comparison. Bron aaveraged 38, 7, and 7 that series. He still played like a MVP. Derrick Rose hasn’t. And I don’t even feel like Rose willed his team to victory in Game 1, whereas Bron won two games in that Orlando series. And Bron carried the Cavs independently to their first win in that Celtics series last year.

    And no, Rose didn’t deserve the MVP.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    In my opinion, the only real shot for the Heat to close the Bulls out is game 6, due to the fact I don’t see Miami winning in Chi-Town again. As for the WCF’s, the Mavs are rolling, and about to rest up while the Heat/Bulls series goes at the very least 6 games . . . you never know, it could go 7. We shall see how much heart those pesky Bulls have. lol

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    You know the Miami “Stans” is out when Sherm leaves comments. What happened to that sweep tho, Sherm?

  • http://SHERMradio.com SHERMradio

    The Bulls were on fire in Game 1. The Bulls haven one game of basketball left BC. Enjoy it

  • T-Money

    Rose actually got help yesterday. Deng and Booz did enough offensively. The more I watch Chicago, the more I ask myself why Brewer is not starting and playing 30 minutes a game. He’s so much better than Korver or Bogans. Not sure Bogans should even be in the rotation. / Bron’s most underrated ability: stamina. He played the whole 2nd half + OT and had enough legs to guard maybe the quickest player in the league down the stretch. He needs to share some of that pilates sh– with D-Wade. Wade can’t really play more than 40.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    if people have already forgot, the bulls were supposed to be no more than a 5th seed this year.
    the bulls have done well this year so lets not act like everything they’ve done thus far is not impressive, the future is bright.
    though its most likely miami will win, i won’t give up on them until its actually over, neither will the bulls.
    that being said, wtf was thibs doing last night.
    why the hell was korver on the floor for so long, when he’s not hitting shots he’s a liability on the court. didn’t he realize with ronnie brewer on the court they went up by 11???
    and derrick…sigh. we’ll call these growing pains.
    anyway, congrats miami “fans”

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ^ Front runner!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    ^ Meant for SPERMRadio.

  • T-Money

    BTW, CJ Watson is actually pretty decent! Thibs should have given more time to a DRose/CJ backcourt. Remember when Don Nelson was starting CJ at the 3 for GState? lol

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oh-Six, da reeeeeemix.
    Make it happen, Lord.

  • http://SHERMradio.com SHERMradio

    Aye, IAMORANGE, I been rolling with the same team all season. And if you really wanted to clown me, you could be more clever

  • Mvp23100

    This series is over Chicago threw their best punch but like I said last round realistically the Bulls don’t have enough to compete with the Heat

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Be careful what you wish for Mr. Saber….it just may happen.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    so where are all those bandwagon bulls fans tho? Where’s bulls22 @ lmao…and personally I still think rose is the MVP…he hasn’t ESP. Played like it in the playoffs..except that 44 point game but it’s a regular season award. And he was killin the rs..but Then again maybe Dwight Howard should have gotten it:

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Actually, just for fun, since neither series is over, but the odds favor the two leaders in both…who you rolling with (without all of your hatred for the Heat) in a head to head matchup between Lebron cementing his legacy or Dirk cementing his? One of them will have that weight of not winning it all erased (in theory of course, OKC/Bull people)and will take a step closer to basketball immortality. Both have been phenomonal in these playoffs. If I weren’t a Heat fan….I’d think I’d ride with Bron’s abilities over Dirk’s by the slightest of margins, only because Lebron can dominate on both ends…’cause I think they’re both hungry as fu*k to get a ring. That right there should make the series epic…never mind the rest of it.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Orange shouldn’t you be a heat fan tho? Heat > celtics > ny…. At this point you should be iamredforeverer lol

  • Sparker

    eboy, have you heard rumours that d wade is injured? there’s definitely something wrong with him, and it’s tough to believe it’s only keith bogans.

  • tRay

    Cosign Eboy both Dirk and LBJ are without a doubt the two best players in the playoffs this year. I would give the Mavs the edge only due to their ability to clog the lane with Dirk, Haywood and Tyson.

  • feez22

    … Now the chicago to cleveland comparisons are legit? man ive been saying this after the pacers series. the difference with the bulls and the 08-09 cavs or even the 09-10 cavs is that rose has better support than lebron did and is NOT as good as a player as lebron was. i don’t think we should compare this team to the 08-09 cavs because lebron v. orlando went 38-8-8 on 49% shooting. Rose isn’t overachieving this series. he’s actually underachieving. the bulls have been in every one of their losses and who was the guy to dissapear in the 4th? it has been ROSE. btw to all the nutso lebron fans here realise that lebron is avg around 25ppg on 45% shooting. U know whats crazy? he avg the same stats v. the celtics in the 2nd round last yr. just shows me that the margin of error is that much bigger esp v. a bulls team that can’t score. i feel sorry for marion-peja-whichever other old past their prime player they put on lebron and wade. lebron/wade are going to absolutely torch the mavs. Chandler’s gonna be in for a flurry of drivers… if it’s anything like 06 the heat will get 45+FTA per game. u can book that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Hate notwithstanding, E… I give Dallas the slightest of edges over the Heat. Size, rebounding and shot-blocking in the middle (Chandler & Haywood), Dirk (of course), Marion’s D, the steadiness of JKidd, JET’s shooting and Barea’s ability to beat his defenders of the dribble and get into the lane.
    Miami won’t have the luxury of clogging the paint against Dallas like they’ve done against the Bulls, and like you said, both are hungry for a ring. Epic series, indeed.

  • tRay

    Oh and mark my words I think DWade will go off in Game 5(but they will lose) and Bosh has shown that he was the better pick for Miami rather than STAT and Carlos(I scream louder when someone else dunks) Boozer.

  • Mvp23100

    Man I don’t think Dallas can execute against this physical defensive team this isn’t the west obviously Dirks better but their bigs hands will be full with Bosh and there is absolutely no awnser for Bron or Wade especially without Caron it won’t be sweet but if they meet Heat in 5 or 6 most

  • tRay

    DWade will have a monster game in Game 5 I believe. I also think the Heat are glad they chose Bosh over STAT and Carlos “I scream louder when someone else dunks” Boozer.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Oh and Sherm isn’t a Heat “fan,” he’s a LeBron James “stan.” Don’t let him fool y’all.
    If Bron had gone to the Knicks, he’d be wearing orange and blue all day. Had LBJ been in Chicago, he’d finally decide it was a good idea to root for his hometown team.

  • BYEBYE

    The difference is match ups bcrawford an the magic hit a game winning shot in gm 1 an game 3 an the celtics had a huge mismatch at the 4 with Garnett going off on Jamison an mike brown kept starting him over hickson and mo Williams not making any shots

  • Mvp23100

    Crawford you help me enjoy these Bulls losses even more all year hearing this Chicago sh*t I like Rose but the kid has plenty dues to pay

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

    “I been rolling with the same team all season” should be the Miami Heat Bandwagon’s motto.
    They should sell shirts and coffee mugs with that sh*t.
    Better yet, a shirt with the Heat logo and “Down Since Day 1″ on the front.
    And on the back?
    The date “7-8-2010″.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I said a week ago, I wasn’t sure that either the Bulls or the Heat could beat Dallas in a series the way they’ve played. I also didn’t expect to see the Heat step up their defensive level the way they have. Within the confines of this season, I’ve said repeatedly that I didn’t think that this year, the Heat could win a title…although they’d make a decent run in the playoffs. They have thrown my prediction into a spin too…so I’m not willing to cast aside the greatness of Wade and Lebron (yes, I know Wade has been a little less than par this series)in a winner takes all situation. Something about the hunger of American born players on the grandest stage stands out in my mind.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Now, now…..you’re lumping everyone into the same category. Kill that noise. The same can be said of all the Bulls “fans” that are no magically back in vogue after years of Eddy Curry’s, Andrea Nocioni’s and Kirk Hinrich’s couldn’t get the national interest in the Bulls up. Be fair to everyone involved.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Anything I can do to help add to your status as a hater, MVP. And I’m gonna keep talking “this Chicago sh*t” too. Never gonna change…

  • Tyrant56

    Anyone else finally starting to think this is LeBron’s team? Becaause the only rebutles are that 1. he went to them & 2. Wade has a ring now im no genius but last night we saw the ball in LeBron’s hand and him guarding the best player in crunch time soooooo… whats to argue to say this isn’t his team?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dwyane has consistently deferred all season to Bron. It’s only been in the last few weeks that Bron has firmly entrenched himself as the killer all his fans wished he could have been in Cleveland and all his haters have hoped he would never become. Dwyane is selfless in this scenario and should be commended to no end.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Rigo said “bandwagon,” E. Nobody is knocking you for being a supporter of your TEAM, but it’s these bandwagoners who are really just LeBron James fans that are the real nuisance and it’s hard to separate the two because the “Stans” speak the loudest.
    Then, when rappers and journalists fall into that category, it just becomes disgusting and unbearable at that point.

  • Mvp23100

    A hater and me have never had anything in common I just call it how I see it nothing wrong with ride or die fans but it’s time to die Chicago has been thoroughly exposed

  • tRay

    Yeah BC I gotta friend who was a huge Cavs fan laast year now he’s reppin the Heat only because of LBJ and that sh*t just p*sses me off lol I don’t care if you’re a “player fan” but at least don’t pose as a TEAM fan.

  • Vince5

    Lebron played really well during the 4th quarter and overtime yesterday. Mavs-Heat, it’s gonna be real good to see.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    I became a Heat fan when Wade, Bosh and Bron got together. Isn’t that what The Chosen One Decided for all of us?

  • T-Money

    Also, this is why depth is overrated. You need 8 guys at this time of the year. 7 1/2 really when you get to the Finals. Miami’s bench is not weak anymore because it’s just UD, Miller and Rio.

  • Mike From Spain

    If Wade is indeed injured, do you think that the Heat still has enough firepower to beat the Mavs?

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    thoroughly exposed??
    it took a team with 3 superstars, oh sorry 2 and a half, to scrape by with wins to thoroughly expose the bulls?
    as what?
    a team with a bright future is all i see and all its been this season.
    unlike miami, it hasn’t been title or bust for the bulls

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And people wondered why I despised the Lakers for so long? A team that has bought championship after championship, from era to era? Amazing how the irony plays out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Wade is not injured. He’s shooting like Derrick Rose….nothing more. :)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Damn, so now all the Heat fans are coming out of the woodwork? Same way all the Bulls fans came out earlier this year>
    Y’all are crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Whatever you say, Mvp… you say you’re not a hater, I say you are. The neutrality angle isn’t flying with me based on the tone of your comments. You’ve labeled yourself, you don’t need me to do it for you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Just to clarify, my Heat fandom rhetoric was completely sarcastic and never will I ever cheer for the Heat. Born in Ft. Worth and a Mavs fan since Derek Harper was running the point and we wasted a draft pick on Loren Meyer, Samaki Walker…etc

  • T-Money

    E: if I see him one more time go that one-legged half-assed runner off the glass while fading out of bounds, i’m gonna lose it. and his ball handling has been sloppy too. at least, he’s giving his all on the defensive end.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    hold up, @mvp – thoroughly exposed?
    so it took a team with 3 superstars to expose the bulls as a team that has gotten to the ECF with a bright future, right? thats what i’m seeing, what ive been seeing all year.
    bulls were never title or bust unlike miami, all season they’ve been a young team with no expectations so if you see that, yeah theyve been exposed.

  • Mvp23100

    Two adults we can agree to disagree you just get ready to go fishing

  • Bruno

    mmm like where’s bulls22 ???

  • T-Money

    airs – the future may not be as bright as you think. the problems are structural. they don’t have a legit 2nd option. booz should be a 3rd, deng is a 3rd or 4th, noah is not an option at all. none of their current wings will ever be able to create off the dribble. these things will not change unless the personnel changes. and to get that legit 2nd option, they’ll have to give up stuff. basketball is a top heavy sport because there’s only 5 guys on the court and you can play your starts virtually all game long in big games.

  • Mvp23100

    @airs
    Let’s not downplay the Bulls season now yeah they are young but that wasn’t the tone after that game 1 blowout remember on this board there’s no such thing as moral victories and as far as bright future you hope nothings promised in this league

  • T-Money

    btw, i still think they should have overpaid for Ray Allen instead of splittin 10 mil per between brewer and korver.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Miami vs Dallas, barring epic collapses would be an interesting series with a lot of subplots.
    Can Kidd continue is great defensive run against either LeBron or Wade in the clutch?
    Has Dirk grown so much that Haslem can no longer contain him like he did in 2006?
    Have the Mavs finally figures out how to defend the high screen and roll?
    Will Jason Terry make enough shots with a hand in his face?
    Can Marion contend with LeBron’s bulk?
    How does Chandler slow Bosh, and manage to protect the rim? That’s the same issue KG struggled with and you see how that ended for Boston.
    Who guards Dirk in the clutch? Does LeBron really think he can handle the German?

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Good question. Where are guys like Bulls22 and ThaWindy, who kept proclaiming Rose would be the 2011 Finals MVP? The Heat bandwagoners are out in full force today, so where are the Bulls bandwagoners? Also airs, nearly all of the Bulls fans around here stated that they honestly thought they’d beat the Heat, citing everything from their depth to downplaying the Heat’s previous opponents. I find it funny that now you’re backtracking when someone states that they’ve been exposed. Either they were expected to win or they weren’t. Can’t have it both ways.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Am I the only one that thinks the Bulls (as currently constructed) are going to be in for a rude awakening next season (if we have one)as each team with a pulse rolls out the same strategy on the defensive end the Heat have? Double Rose with a mobile big, make him either A)drive and force or B) have the rest of the team try to take up the slack? I think there’s a precedent set here that will be long lasting unless their roster is shifted.

  • add

    so close yet so far away, when rose had the ball i thought he’d drain it, but thats not how the story ended. Anyway its hard to contend with a team with 3 players in the top 12. Only one guy needs a stellar night, the rest can have a good night.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    zoom is smart.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    bulls do need to make changes, im sure everyone knows this, but its not as major as people think.
    yeah booz does have to be a 3rd option, if they can move some pieces to get a decent 2 guard, the future is bright.
    but you can’t tell me the bulls can’t expect the same type of success they had this year for next season, even if they kept the team intact.
    and lets not forget, its only derrick rose’s THIRD YEAR.
    and i’m not downplaying the bulls season, did anyone expect a season with 20+ more wins than the previous year? ive said all if they even just made it to the ECF its a more than successful year.

  • showtime

    06′ Remix Babie….But 4 sh!t & giggles i would had like to see the Young gunna go at it. OKC and westbrook’s team offense & d.rose and bull’s team defense.But hey that for latter years.But now can kill that noise about a one team doing anything significant in the playoffs. IF KOBE, DWADE,& Lebron couldn’t do it , then the sh!t just can’t be done.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    i’m not backtracking, i haven’t said the heat are winning this series yet have i?
    sh*t call me a fool for that but don’t say i’m taking my choice back.

  • showtime

    ^ 1 man team

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m halfway tempted to start pulling comments from all of those comparing NOW that the Heat have too much in the form of three top flight players, when months ago it was laughable to all of you that it would ever work and they were being exposed because of it. Don’t make me do it.

  • ThaWindy

    I never said Rose would be the 2011 finals MVP(and he still has a slim chance). I said he would be the youngest finals MVP. Just like I said he’d be the youngest MVP in NBA history. Bulls had a chance to win the game and thats all you can ask for.

  • Sizzle

    I think Rose may not realize it now, but unless they add a piece to compete w/ the Heat over the next few years, the situation is going to resemble LeBron’s situation an awful lot. Surrounded w/ a lot of “B” talent going against teams that are loaded. They need either a scoring big (DWIGHT), an Athletic Scoring Wing (a huge upgrade over Loul), and a SG (There has to be something better than Bogans out there). Only then will they have a better chance at a title. Right now I think they are going to be in the Cavs cycle we saw two years ago (win the most games in the season) and then collapse in the playoffs. There is simply not enough offense on this team as currently constructed, and there is no way their defense can contend w/ LeBron, Wade & Bosh over a Seven game series…

  • Sizzle

    *for the past two years Lebron was there

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    The “Kingsmen” held court.
    The Bulls unraveled in the last minute of overtime, but… that team has huge heart.
    Now,
    saddle up the chuck wagon and the beer! The liquor! The barley!
    The King AND his men are smelling the meat!
    The Championship is now within reach, and the beginnings of The King’s Dynasty is nigh!
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    It’s still funny that Philo openly admitted to being a huge Laker fan yet he still touts this “Long Live The King” sh*t! Too funny.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    The King is my guy.
    Earvin is my guy. So, The Lakers are my team MAINLY because of Earvin. I was happy for Shaq and Kobe too, but…
    And, I’ll be honest. I could care less about the Heat. But as long as The King is running that ship, I ride with them, too.
    If The King went and played for the Bobcats, it wouldn’t matter. I would ride with them.
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    Congratulations to the two or three Heat fans on this site. The Heat outplayed the Bulls last night. Rose had three chances to close it out in regulation and he couldn’t do it. Rose still deserves his MVP. And the Bulls are NOT in trouble next year. Let’s not overreact to a few games. Most teams can’t duplicate what the Heat did because most teams don’t have a 6’8″ defender that’s as fast as anyone else on the court.

  • J-MAC

    Anyway you slice it or dice it Bulls have had a great year. If they can tweek the lineup get a scoring 2 gaurd they will compete for years to come. Lets call it what it is Bron is playing in his prime and he has a better all around team. IMO this series has been fun to watch and if Corver Bogans Brewer and even Deng could of stepped it up on the offensive side of things series may be a different story. I know I know…if if was a 5th… Bulls have nothing to hang their head over they have had terrific season. Heat just are more talented.

  • RobbieJay

    im writing an atricle on you guys for the sports section in my school newpaper, your all my analysists <3

  • T-Money

    What I’m going to say may look a bit extreme but I think it’s a very sound move: throw absolutely everything at Orlando to get Dwight at the deadline. You want Booz + Noah + Deng for Dwight and fillers? You got it. Dwight has proven that he can play the full 48 in playoffs games, he’s truly a two-way game changer. There’s about 4-5 of those in the entire NBA: Bron, Kobe (even on the decline, he’s still a good defender), Wade, CP3 and Dwight. That’s it, that’s the list of two-way players.

  • RobbieJay

    @ T-Money i think a Dwight & D Rose combo would be rediculous. adidas would have a feild day lol

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    Tmoney: i’d agree with that move except for deng, but you already know that.
    maybe they can throw in brewer or something but i’d agree with you on everything else

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sloppy is not the proper word for Wade’s ball handling.
    Atrocious is better.
    Dude needs to work out with LeBron this summer because Bron comes back better every year. Wade hasn’t come back better since 2008.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Remarkable how Allen forgets Wade posting 33 a game against the Celts last year in the playoffs playing by himself. I see you and your twist in the wind opinions about the team. Months ago, you were gung ho about how it would be great to see them go HAM on whoever they come up against and now that they are….you’re critical of each thing they’ve done wrong from game to game? I’ve noticed a pattern in your recent comments. If you hadn’t made your feelings known in written word, in a public forum, it wouldn’t have irked me, but…well, now you have. Not that it matters to you (as it shouldn’t), but I’m letting you know you’re being called it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why not just get a good two guard, T-Money?
    If they had a Joe Johnson type two guard, all this talk would be null and void. Hell, even O.J. Mayo would make a huge difference for them because he would force people to stay home on him and respect the jumper, plus he can put the ball on the deck and create.
    They don’t need Dwight, although the trade you mentioned makes sense because they would still have Gibson and Asik on the bench.
    All they need is for Rose to grow as a shooter and defender, add a wing shooter who can also create off the bounce, and encourage Gibson to get his jumper right while adding a dependable jump hook.
    That’s all pretty manageable provided the new CBA isn’t crazy.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Eboy going in…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wade’s ball handling is atrocious.
    It is what it is.
    Son, if you had access to my Facebook feed, which Bryan Crawford does, you would know I was quite happy about Bron and Wade playing like the two best players in the world in overtime. That’s why I watch the games.
    But that doesn’t change the fact that Wade is regularly gassed, that he’s sloppy with his execution, and that he often lacks focus.
    Dude is the same player now that he was for the since 2008 except he doesn’t shoot the mid range as well and doesn’t defend as consistently.
    It is what it is.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And for playing against the Celtcs, they won one game. Brown played by himself and got two games.
    And Bron locked Paul Pierce up like a man.
    Did Wade lock up against the Celtics? Or did he pout and sulk when his teammates played poorly? Hell, even when Bron quit on his team, his body language wasn’t as bad as Wade’s whenever things went wrong with those young Heat.
    Dude has all the tools, but it often seems like he’s not that worried about focusing in on the little details. How many times is he going to have horrible dribbling errors? How often is he going to force up ridiculous shots and then look to the refs for a call? That’s tedious. He’s too talented and good to play that way.
    Eff it, he’s damn near playing like Melo.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I wish the playoffs series this year were more competitive. I’m seriously disappointed, it goes down to the last 5 or so minutes and the best team just shows they are better. In just the majority of games in every series. – Chi < Indiana like that. Miami < Boston & Chi like that. Dallas < OKC & LA the same way. OKC v Memphis & Orl v ATL has been the only series so far where the better team wasn't obvious after game 4.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Allen going in…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m stating fact. You didn’t address my claims. We’re discussing ball in this forum….not on Facebook. Here, you haven’t been “quite happy” about the way the Heat have played ball and it was just a couple of days ago that I commented to you after you said the Heat can still falter as if you expected it to happen due to their past performances or whatever the words were that were used and I said keep waiting. So….keep waiting. Nothing’s changed, son.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    And, Wade’s ball handling has always been overrated.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    i was kinda confused by your comment nbk, haha.
    maybe your ‘s are mixed im not sure

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Eboy going back in…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dwyane Wade’s 2nd option last season in a series against the Boston Celtics was Michael Beasley. Let’s not f*ck around and try to rewrite history like he played it with a still relevant Shaq.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    i mean ‘s

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    damn it never mind haha

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Philo…I’m not mad at Allen, I just want to clarify his stance as the Heat inch closer to the Finals so that when he flip flops and start’s rooting for Dirk, I’ll know where it’s coming from.:)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    airs i am confused by your confusion lol

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    @balladjlfj: Thats not really fair to say just look at the free throws they take therefore the refs are biased. That happens because Lebron’s offense is run and jump at the rim w/o thinking and many times a foul call results.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Well gentlemen my horses are all officially out of the race…

  • tRay

    I got you airs lol

  • J-MAC

    It seems like nit picking DWades ball handling skills is really a lame topic. Dude is still a top 5 player in the league. Is his handles caused his team to loose games or has it had a negative impact on the Heats success…NO.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Let me get a crack at it, Eboy;
    Allenp is down with The King.
    Period.
    If he isn’t, then he should be. lol

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    where’s JTaylor, if your here, do you understand why Mike Miller plays over James Jones yet?

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Dallas will beat whoever stumbles through this awful series, more all-around weapons, better D – Miami are showing signs of what they can become but not this year. I’d bet the house on it.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I’m convinced… Heat “Stans” are the worst group of people ON EARTH. SMDH…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What exactly and I supposed to do, parade in the street because the Heat are playing like they should have been playing all year?
    What twist in the wind opinions? I said on here that I thought the Heat would win in six, but I wasn’t certain because I liked the Bulls advantage on the glass and their elite defense.
    I also questioned whether Wade and Bron would be focused the entire series against a team they could easily see as inferior.
    After Game 1, I said the Heat needed to dominate their individual matchups, and while the rebounding edge was an issue, they got subpar games from Bron and Wade which I didn’t expect to happen again.
    After Game Three I said that the Heat looked good but the series was only 2-1. Which was true. The Bulls had several opportunities to win the game last night, and were two Derrick Rose jumpers away from winning. I mean, if he hits those shots, particularly the first one going left that rimmed out, this is an entirely different conversation, right?
    And wouldn’t the blame for the loss have to go to Wade who failed to show up for most of the night and hurt the team with stupid turnovers and sloppy play?
    I don’t root for a team like you do. I root for good basketball. I actually was sad Chicago lost because of how hard they fought last night and because their loss means this series could be over in five instead of being stretched out. I watch the games for the ball, that’s it.

  • jgrey7

    Totally not understanding these Bosh over STAT comments. STAT is waaaaaay better than Bosh and Miami would have been even more formidable with STAT.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    hahahah “the worst group of people ON EARTH.”
    a bit much, but i love the commitment haha

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    right bet against the best 2 players on earth, who just knocked off 2 “better” (according to a lot of people) teams. The Dallas Miami series better go 6 or 7 that’s as far as my serious prediction would go. Betting against Miami doesn’t seem intelligent though

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    STat is not better than Bosh. He had a better first 30 games. Nobody who watched ball before this year thought STAT was better.
    As for rooting for Dirk, I’m torn.
    I would like the see the big fella vanquish his demons. I would also like to see Miami prove much of the basketball viewing public wrong and get a ring in their first year. There are pros and cons to each outcome.
    If Dirk wins, it’s a given that he leapfrogs Iverson in the “best career” discussion, which of course makes me sad. Plus, the Larry Bird comparisons will only come back, which I’ve always hated. However, dude has worked HARD. He’s improved, and gotten mentally stronger every year. I respect the hell out of him for that, and I love how he created his own template.
    With Miami, it would be good to see all the people who said that the construction of their team was a basketball atrocity be proven wrong. It would be good to put to rest the debate about whether Bron can win a ring, and whether Bosh can play. However, it could lead to them regressing as far as effort and commitment next year forcing me to deal with another season of watching the two best players in the world fail to live up their immense potential at both ends of the floor.
    Either way there are advantages and disadvantages.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    nbk you are backwards. lol @airs trying to say that like 10 times.

  • jgrey7

    Allenp please tell me what Bosh does so much better than STAT. STAT goes to the basket better, they are a wash defensively, and Bosh just decided to show up this series, are your really saying with a straight face that Bosh is better than STAT?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh haha thanks Nic, my bad, y’all understood though lol

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    holy sh#t they don’t show up lol Chi>Indiani is what you meant. Dallas>OKC and LA. Ugh this was not worth it.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t understand the “can LeBron win a ring” or any skepticism at all about Miami being good enough to win a title. Its just a matter of time before they get 1 or more, I think that is pretty obvious.

  • JTaylor21

    AllenP is on point. I’ve seen this all year, Wade has a tendency to force the issue when things aren’t going his way. For a 6-4 SG, the guy has terrible handles, he seems to always lose the ball on the break or when slashing off a curl. I remember the DWade in the 08 olympics and 08 season that dominated every defender checking him and he had a case that season to be the best in the L but these playoffs have been different especially in the CF. I know Bogans is a good defender but there’s no reason Wade should be struggling so badly against him and looking gassed when Bron is going 45+ mins strong vs one of the best perimeter defenders in the L while checking Rose down the stretch.
    Wade needs to get his shooting touch back because they are going to need his scoring if they make it to the finals.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JGrey – They are not a wash defensive, just look at the career games that were put up against Amar’e this season. (hint: Klove, Nazr Mohammad, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough (twice)). And the check their stats as the best player on their respective teams, its pretty clear from there. Amar’e is probably a better scorer, barely. ANd that’s it.

  • T-Money

    btw, was that a dig at rose when bron referred to him as the mvp in his post game interview with sager?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I wondered the same thing, but decided it wasn’t

  • tRay

    I cosign Allenp on the Bosh better than STAT argument. It’s not by a wide margin but he is and he didn’t just decide to show up this series he’s been pretty damn good.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    THANK you nic hahah

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Heat in 5.

  • JTaylor21

    NBK, Que? When did I ever say that JJ should be out there instead of Mike “Meth” Miller?
    I obviously stated that dude’s a better rebounder, playmaker and a slightly better defender (not elite). So are you going to state facts or stick to make ish up?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Hi, Cheryl.

  • T-Money

    bosh is so much better than stat defensively, it’s not even funny. the next time stat shows hard on a pick n roll to not let the dribbler turn the corner AND sprint in the key to recover to one of the bigs will be the first… in his entire career. and bosh has had a down year rebounding the ball but he’s been better than stat on that front too. miami would be worse with stat. more exciting but nowhere near as good on the defensive end. and i’m not totally convinced that stat would have accepted to be the 3rd option.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    whoops my bad Taylor, I meant that at T-Money. You just got in that conversation about Miller defensively, saying James Jones is a slightly better shooter, I mistook what you said as implying that you thought Jones should get minutes over Miller. (from TPU 2 days ago).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    As folks have already noted, Bosh is a better defender and rebounder.
    It’s a large margin on defense and smaller one as for rebounding.
    And while Amare is the best roller in the business, it’s not his scoring, overall, is on a totally different level. Remember, dude has played in a version of Mike D’s offense most of his career.
    There is a reason Bosh was the third most coveted free agent this summer, something I, and T-Money, have noted all year. Sure, he’s struggled and looked soft at time, but those were aberrations, not the norm.

  • T-Money

    nbk: guilty. not going to front, i had lost confidence in mike miller.

  • tRay

    Random thought but I think the Bulls line up announcement song should be Red Nation by Game and Lil Wayne lol that song is too tough and it has that Zombie Nation sample to make it sound like an anthem.

  • JTaylor21

    I have to agree with T-Money on one thing; Bron’s stamina is mind-boggling. The guy doesn’t seen to get tired and never seems to gassed or huffing and puffing no matter how many mins he plays. To be able to attack the rim consistently like he does, score 35 points, be a factor on the boards and play lockdown D on the fastest/quickest player in the L points to him being a well conditioned athlete.
    That’s one thing people fail to mention about MJ; he’s supreme stamina. The guy was able to play the hardest out of anybody on both ends of the floor and yet still looked he hadn’t broken a sweat after the game. I remember that play vs the knicks when the MJ stole the inbound pass and was dribbling up court then had it stolen by the X man then MJ sprinted back and knocked it out of his hands. I mean that takes immense amounts of energy just to be able to complete that 10 second sequence and MJ did that his entire career.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T – no stress man, I just wanted to see if you saw what I was trying to explain about miller. And my bad Taylor shouldn’t have called you out without being positive who I was talkin too.

  • HAMMER

    Bulls weren’t even suppose 2 have made it this far. Heat doin what they were suppose 2 have been doin since jump street. Its beginning 2 look like a Mavs/Heat Finals. Again. Sigh. Talk bout a dull Finals. Ugh!

  • JTaylor21

    NBK, it’s all good, bruh.

  • showtime

    this is not jab or anything cause your going @ my boi dwade. but are we so far removed from that lost & post confrence when Bron, Bron question Spo sub patterns saying 48 min was to long??

  • showtime

    & bulls fan stop with that Bull’s wasn’t suppose to make it this far sh!t.When your the # 1 team in the nba,you gonna have the X on your back. Deal with it.Just like Okc once you start wining, that is what is expected. We all kno their no moral victories in ball.So stop with that…

  • JTaylor21

    Playoffs >>>> Regular Season

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It was because it was the first half of the season, no need to wear out your best player. They need him now more then they needed him then. Would 8 more minutes from LeBron a game have changed Miami’s playoff seeding? Because it really didn’t hurt it much once he started sitting more, they did finish with the 2 seed. — And I would like to say I mis-judged Spoelstra throughout this entire season. I thought he was an idiot for playing Joel Anthony so heavily (turns out he’s actually their most productive playoff center in terms of +/-), thought he was crazy for not pushing Mike Miller for heavier minutes in hopes of getting him acclimated for the playoffs, and also questioned his offensive system when they weren’t running enough Dwyane Wade and LeBron James tandem plays. Now the Heat run those when they need to, they are also running more sets that include all of the “sooper friends,” so props to Spoelstra for sticking to his guns, and Pat Riley for the same thing.

  • HAMMER

    Its the truth showtime. Unless u had them pegged reaching the ECF. And don’t bring up the Thunder. They were everyones darling since last yrs postseason. Their expectations were warranted.

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

    I’m going to say it here first.
    If the Heat make the finals, I’ll root for them to win it all.
    I’ve rooted for the Eastern Conference team every year in the finals, and don’t plan to change that now just cause I hate the sh*t out of the Heat.

  • HAMMER

    Including the Knicks n ’94, Rigo?

  • http://slamonline Brion

    bulls22 is such a pu**y.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d like to ride naked down a hill in Alaska on a bobsled into Rigo’s arms right now! :)

  • JTaylor21

    That calls for an extreme case of pausery!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I’m still conflicted as to who I’ll root for in the Finals.
    My issues with LeBron have long since subsided and I’m now starting to view him and appreciate him for being the player that he is. Oddly enough though, I seem to be totally indifferent on Dwyane Wade being from Chicago. I like to watch him play, but there is just something there that makes me feel, meh. Maybe it was that epic game down in Miami when he hit the running buzzer beater to take the Bulls out that one time. I don’t know.
    On the other side, I’d like to see Dirk exercise his demons from ’06 when DWade literally took the title from him. I’d also like to see JKidd get one after 50 years in the L, Tyson Chandler was a former Bull and Shawn Marion is from Waukegan, but he lives in and reps Chicago…hard. And to him I’m not indifferent for whatever reason.
    Oh well, like I said, I’m conflicted….

  • Bruno

    so you are gonna root for a team you hate the sh@t out just cause you always root for the east?? that’s weird

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    On Dwyane Wade, I know what it is!!
    During free-agency, I wanted him to come home and play in Chicago, way more than I wanted LeBron here, and I REALLY, REALLY thought he was going to be a Bull because a Rose/Wade backcourt would’ve been damn near on par with what they have in Miami now with LeBron and DWade.
    Then he picked the Heat, which I can’t say that I blame him for (tenure, he had ex-wife/babymama drama going at the time and hell, Michigan Ave isn’t exactly the same as South Beach), but like most Bulls fans, I felt like he sorta-kinda played us in that whole deal. Oh well…

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

    Yup.
    It’s a tradition with me.
    I think the only two exceptions were when the Knicks made the finals, and when it was New Jersey versus the Lakers. I rooted for the Lakers that year, and that Spurs/Nets finals I didn’t root for anyone, just cause I thought it was a boring ass series. Sue me.
    Besides, the Heat as a whole I dislike, but if I gotta be REALLY real, LeBron Wade and Bosh off the court aren’t bad people.
    Arrogant, sure. Maybe even d*ckheaded. But many athletes are.
    But they’re not as “madvillainy” as we like to portray them. Wade and James are great fathers who’ve never been in any trouble with the law and handle their business. Bosh too, minus the father part.
    And though they came out and said they’d win a whole crapload of championships and were up on some stage dancing and screaming, I think in reality they honestly do have a strong amount of respect for their competition, especially the teams that still remain in the playoffs.
    I’ma stop now before I fall short of ordering a “White Hot” shirt…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I root for more then one 7 game series a year. that’s what I root for.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    I think people feel Lebron should have got it are thinking differently. Yes, Lebron won and then lost to TEAMS, while D.Rose got owned by Lebron.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com airs

    i think im rooting for dallas.
    im with you matic, i always root for the East.
    but dirk and jkidd only have so much left so i’d love to see the mavs get one.
    and i don’t really hate the heat, honestly.
    i just wanna win a shirt!

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

    LMAO.
    You ALWAYS trying to win a shirt, airs!

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

    No team deserves a ring more than Dallas. No team. The Heat are still young… They can win it all next year. Let all those vets on Dallas get a ring.

  • JTaylor21

    Let? Come on son, this is not a freaking charity. There’s no “letting” in basketball.

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

    Dirk, Kidd, Butler, Marion, Chandler, Terry are all vets I would love to see get a ring, especially Dirk and Kidd.
    It’ll be tough to root against them.
    Sorry Darksaber.

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

    But it’s still 3-1 so for now, f*ck the Heat!

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

    I finally read the Marc Spears piece on LeBron and Drake.
    And wish I hadn’t.

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

    Well, that and I think Dallas is the best team left in the playoffs. So..

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

    And there definitely is “letting” in basketball. The refs “let” LeBron take four steps on every drive and let the Heat shoot an insane amount of freethrows. Not that I dislike the Heat, just saying…

  • JTaylor21

    Yeah, sure they are the only team in the playoffs that have taken 30+ FTs. Just saying…..

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

    lol but you don’t disagree about the four steps? Nice.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nobody can disagree about the four steps.

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

    Nope. No one.
    Not even those toddler twins.

  • JTaylor21

    The man points out one play out of hundreds as to why the L wants the heat to win. Stop it slime.
    The Bulls had numerous chances in regulation and OT to win the game yet failed to make plays down the stretch. Did the refs also have something to do with Bron/Wade shutting down Rose?
    Annoying a** fans always crying about the refs when one team losses or the team they hate wins. Everyone shoots FTs and players get away with violations every now and then but 9/10 the game is decided on who’s able to make plays down the stretch.

  • HAMMER

    Im w/Teddy on this one. Dallas deserves it. They put n their work over the yrs. Would b nice 2 c Dirk, Kidd and Terry finally win 1. Kidd especially has long been overdue. I don’t prefer any conference over the other. I got 2 teams from both conferences. So, if it’s Mavs/Heat, best believe im going 4 the Mavs. I could care less how Bron and Wade r off the court. Doesn’t mean im gonna root 4 them. Especially if they take out the Bulls

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    NOBODY DESERVES A TITLE, unless they win it, and it somehow doesn’t get awarded.

  • JTaylor21

    The NBA loves Bron so much that they “let” him win a chip, oh wait….
    The NBA loves him so much that they “let” him win at least one finals game, oh wait….
    The NBA loves him so much that they “let” him win the ’11 MVP, oh wait….
    Color me unconvinced about the NBA’s supposed love for Bron.

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

    Uh, oh, someone disrespected LeBron.
    JTaylor going off…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf-5Ky2t48Q IAMORANGE4EVER

    Those pesky Bulls will force a game 7, and go to the Finals. I’m feeling it like Richard Dreyfuss’ character Jay Trotter, in the movie Let It Ride.

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

    You’re dating yourself with that one, Orange

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf-5Ky2t48Q IAMORANGE4EVER

    Hello there Rigo! I was checking out the great Richard Dreyfuss’ (born in Brooklyn, NY) filmography and rented the movie last month. It’s a great movie man, not to mention all the Tilly’s teet shots. I give it two thumbs up.

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

    Jennifer Tilly?
    Word?
    *note to self – rent “Let it Ride”*

  • O

    Let’s keep it real, the refs handed this game – just like they will the next one – with all their BS calls and non-calls. The Bulls were in the penalty 3 minutes into every quarter. Call it the angel of Stern or just their own personal wagers, but this is all rigged. I thought it was going to be a Miami/Lakers Finals, but Lakers came apart at the seams. So now it’s looking like a Miami/Mavs Finals in which the Heat will come out victorious cause you KNOW Stern doesn’t have much love for Mark Cuban.

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

    JT, are you seriously trying to make the case that the NBA doesn’t love LeBron? So there’s no such thing as superstar calls? Gotcha.
    And hey, if you’re going to admit that 90% of the game is unaffected by the referees, then you’re admitting that, in a close game, the refs do influence the outcome…
    But why are we even arguing this? Of course the refs influence the game. That’s not even a debate.

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

    And did you call me “slime”? Damn man, that hurts.

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

    Okay I will color you unconvinced, but… you’re also wrong. Dweeb.
    Also, who are the toddler twins (@ Rigo)?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    YESSSSS!
    Title or bust, Mavs. (and by bust, i don’t mean Jennifer Tilly’s)

  • JTaylor21

    And did you call me “dweeb”? Damn, I’m gonna cry in my car.

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

    Yeah but I did it sarcastically, lol. you can’t be sarcastic at my sarcasm. That’s against the rules of sarcasm! Dammit man.

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

    Anyways, Heat in 5 or 6? Do you think Heat will win next game?

  • Ronald

    Eh. The style of play of the bulls tend to lead to greater foul calls. They play the same type of defense that the Boston Celtics play. It’s just that the Boston players get away with all the elbowing, grabbing and pulling crap. If KG was judged in the same manner as D-How, he would foul out in the first quarter of every game.

  • http://bassbesteck@wordpress.com Bassbesteck

    I think if the Bulls lose this series (I#m not giving up hope until it’s over) I’ll root for DAL. Not because I don’t like the Heat (actually it was LeBron in 07 making me wanna watch Basketball again) but as many said, Dirk needs a ring. Maybe this could lead to a boost in popularity for Basketball in Germany (and maybe even Austria – where yours truly is part of the basketball minority) again, cause atm it’s looking dark over here…

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