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Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 8:53 am  |  192 responses

Post Up: Don’t Look Down

LeBron James and the Miami Heat reach the NBA Finals.

Miami 83, Chicago 80

If it was surreal watching the final three minutes and change of Game 5 unfold from the comforts of your living room, imagine watching it in the company of 23,000+ people. The best way to describe what happened at the United Center last night it is the NBA talking all commercial, the one with Charlie Murphy doing the voiceover telling the story of Derek Fisher’s miraculous Playoff shot against the Spurs. It was the exact same thing.

All of the air went out of the building like, pffffffffffffffffffffff

The Bulls led the Heat by 12 points with just over three minutes to go in regulation when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade—who struggled all game—and Chris Bosh took over and stole what seemed to be a sure-fire trip back to Miami for Game 6.

While most Bulls fans will blame the loss on poor officiating (Miami took 9 FT’s in a two-minute span late in the final quarter), credit goes to the Heat for stepping it up on the defensive end, but more importantly, for making big shots in critical moments. Whether it was Bosh hitting a baseline jumper while being guarded by two defenders or making two huge, late FT’s; or Dwyane Wade driving to the lane and converting time and again or getting fouled by Derrick Rose to earn a 4-point play opportunity; or LeBron James once again hitting big shot after big shot, shaking the criticism that he isn’t a closer by once again proving that he clearly is. All of these things buried Chicago and helped Miami advance to the NBA Finals for the opportunity to face the Dallas Mavericks.

As disappointing as the loss was for all of Chicago, what stings is they way that they were defeated and who it came at the hands of. Still, the team had a season that no one expected them to have.

Derrick Rose will receive the bulk of the blame today for this loss and the Bulls’ failure in the postseason, but that comes with the territory of being an NBA superstar. But say what you want about him, it can’t be denied or argued that DRose and his stellar play this season are the real reason they even made it this far, and at 22-years-old, he’s the reason Bulls fans can feel confident that this isn’t the last time this team will be in this position. —Bryan Crawford (@_bryancrawford)

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  • bull22

    bulls fans, dont take this loss too personal. it took three allstars and bad officiating for the heat to beat one 22 year old player, yes the bulls contributed to this also with their bad play, but coach tibbs, derrick and these group of guys are special. we wanted a title, but nevertheless kudos to the chicago bulls and their great fans who waited a long time to have a great team again.

  • Riggs

    a rematch between dallas and miami, I can’t front this final is going to be crazy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Go the f*ck away already, mosquito.

  • bull22

    @riggs yep, for the mavs to win this series, they will have to outlast the heat on the free throw line…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    How about Popcorn Muscles showing out with 5 points in the deciding game? POPCORN MUSCLES! With him at the Bulls PF spot….their chances of going anywhere close to the Finals is going to be a labor each time they get close. Garbage player, garbage facial hair, garbage collegiate, garbage cheerleader….just garbage.

  • bull22

    @eboy, you know what dude, its easy to curse someone out on a blog, i hope you dont do this at ballgames brother because that language leads to needless fighting, sounds to me like you need a bible study brother.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    What wasw the stat from last night….D-Rose scored 117 points in the series on 120 shots? That’s just horrendous. I mean, the dude’s future is bright and his season was great, but he turned into a chucker and was eradicated by Lebron James when he decided, yes decided, we wanted to shut him down. It’s like playing on the streets and playing against young dudes, who take a lead, and you know all you have to do is turn it up a step and they’ll crumble. Hopefully he’ll get even more help then all the “incredible” signings they had this season so he doesn’t have to burden the load alone again. Props to him for trying to take all the blame….but it’s not on him solely.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You don’t know me….where I came from, who I deal with and what my life entails. Your opinions mean little to me, just like your team meant little to mine. Make silly comments and called on it. You should know the way this place works by now. Sore losing ain’t cute.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Man, I was so wrong about this series. Congrats to the Heat. This loss still hurts though. Still, great Finals.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Heat in 5.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I was actually suprised when Drose MADE a shot in games 2-5.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I know this is considered blasphemy but it almost looks like LeBron is taking his game to MJ’s level (coming from a big MJ fan). The things he does on the court, the defense, the assists, the rebounding and now the closing on top of it. It does feel like in this playoffs Wade has kinda shifted into the ‘Pippen-role’. No disrepect.

  • Myung

    Although most of you know me as a Hawks fan on this site, I still consider myself a Bulls fan as well (since I started following basketball because of Michael, and not Nique, in the mid 80′s). BC took the high road by not blaming the loss on the refs. I hope the rest of you guys do the same. The Bulls dynasty won 6 rings, and don’t think they didn’t get the benefit of the doubt from the refs during that run. For some of you younger cats, the 90′s seems like ancient times but for people my age (I’m 33), I still remember them quite vividly and it’s crazy to think MJ’s shot over Bryon Russell was already 13 years ago. Bulls fans have 6 rings to hang their hats on, along with the knowledge that the team employed the G.O.A.T. No need to even mention the refs. Just give props to the Heat for winning the series. The better team won. Period. Rose needs some help, and I’m sure they’ll find a proven scorer this summer. The future is bright for the Bulls. Great coach. Franchise PG. Selfless role players (Taj, Noah). Chicago, NYC (if they get CP3), and Miami are going to rule the East for the next few seasons. As Dan Gilbert’s kid said, “What’s not to like?”

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I promise to cease with this as soon as the series begins, but…..
    REEEEEEEEEEEEEMIX!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Man….let me stop. I think alot of the blame for the Bulls falls on Thibs. He NEVER reacted when the Heat made their run last night. He should have used Thomas more in the series. Should have found a way to get Rose easier looks…..ran him off double picks instead of letting him try to freelance drives from the top of the key. Should have used Brewer more and kept that garbage Bogans in the trash. Got in Noah’s a*s for basically doing nothing after Game 1. Played CJ Watson more in tandem with Rose to keep ball handling duties off D-Rose so much. Shot Popcorn Muscles and left his corpse somewhere. What else?

  • Myung

    If you’re a sad Bulls fan this morning, just remember you’re not a Hawks fan and you’ll feel better about yourselves. I promise.

  • Myung

    When I was at UGA, I took one of my courses in 2 weeks (it was called “Maymester”). It was very intense, and we had to read 2 chapters a night, but in the end, I thought it was cool to get an entire semester’s worth of credits in 10 school days. Dallas got 8 days off after sweeping LA and have 7 days off between beating OKC and playing Miami. Dirk and company could’ve finished up a college course during their off days. Start the Finals already, NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Myung, lol. It does kinda help.

  • http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com deron

    Like the Thunder, the Bulls have to go through growing pains, the Heat will be to them what the Bad Boys were to the late 80s Bulls.

    Defining win for this Heat team. It was like the Lakers in 2000 WCF Game 7 against Portland. Looking forward to the 2006 finals rematch too. It should be the best NBA Finals in recent memory. I can’t call it though; maybe after game 1.

    They have also gone from 1-6 against the Bulls and Celtics to 8-2; one of the biggest turnaround in the last 30 years.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/05/heat-bulls-biggest-turnaround-of-past.html

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And congrats to Rigo, BC and Ryne….the only Bulls fans I’ve known for the longest on here (Diesel too I guess although he’s a clown). Their future is indeed bright and just put a great scorer next to Rose and the battle field will level out.

  • Myung

    I get the feeling the verbal war between Dark and Eboy isn’t going to be very fun. They like each other too much.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    He is not an offensive coach. He needs to hire an offensive guru as an assistant. That’s even before adding a player or players who can create off the dribble.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    The way Joachim behaves out there, like a petulant child. Had to lol when after Deng crammed one past LBJ, Noah planted himself, screaming, riight n front of Bron. Then when Bron ignored him to look at the refs instead, he started clapping in his face….
    Like that’s gonna impress or shake THE MOST HATED-ON ATHLETE ON EARTH!

  • shuref00t

    Fish-rim-fish-rim-fish-rim-fishy-rim! Congrats to the Heat. And the Bulls had a great season, and it’ll take Derrick Rose precisely 9.8 seconds to bounce back from this lost and get back to work. A hungrier Rose = scarier Rose.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hahaha, Myung is a sharp cookie.
    I will say this, if the Nba lets both teams play, my comments here will be business as usual.
    If the Heat get the ’06 treatment, my reaction might provoke Eboy to go at me too.
    We shall see.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dark and I will have little hate for each other. I would be happy for him if Dirk got his ring. I’d be happy for Dirk too. Dude’s worked his a*s off to get back to the Finals and has been fantastic. It would be no shame to lose to those guys (although I don’t know if beating Bron at this point 4 times out of 7 is possible).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Last year, Drose took 5 days off before he started working out. This summer he’ll probably kill himself working out, he already said he wanted to create a postgame, there’s going to be plenty of fuel to keep Drose in the gym this summer. Games 2-5, crunch-time failures. Let’s hope that next year will be better.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Nah….the Heat are going to get foul calls…they’ve (Bosh, Wade and LeBrando) made their careers being volume free throw shooters. It’s not going to change in this series. Just like Dirk will average 10 to 12 free throws a game. It is what it is.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    And to the lightning rod of Slamonline himself, the lawyer of the roundball, the one and only Eboy:
    Congrats on the team making the Finals, man.
    An incredible achievement mentally considering that they are bball’s public enemy #1.
    It must be very satisfying for everyone rooting for Miami.

  • Mvp23100

    who wouldve thought after game 1 the Bulls would bow out on some sucker sh*t best in the world closing games as he should him and Wade ripped Chicago’s heart out as I said they would ima say it again the Bulls were exposed in many aspects and while Rose deserved his MVP we see he still has a ways to go before being considered top 5

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I’ve heard plenty of talk already about LeBron guarding Dirk, but will it really matter? If he gets to his spot (and he will get there, he’ll just keep re-posting, ’till he’s comfortable) he’s going to get his shot off. Doesn’t matter how athletic or fast you are. Serge (6-10) was blocking like 4 shots a game in the playoffs, but I do not recall him blocking anyone of Dirk’s shots even though that was his primary deffensive assignment. You just pray Dirk misses. BTW I like the Heat in 5.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Oh and Cheryl, thanks for being my sister in this season around here. The war of words with these cats were well worth it as we look forward to the final step in this journey. Congrats, lady.

  • J-MAC

    Common theme…Teams with veteran players closed games and series. These conf finals were young teams going through growing pains. I have tried to have Booz back but he is either injured or isnt nearly as good as I thought. Noah needs to learn a pet move in the post…he has NO offensive game in the post…please develope a baby hook…up and under…fade away..something! Bulls wont win a chip without a true 1 2 punch.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If I can give an early prediction? I think the Finals goes 7….I said this yesterday. I think the Mavs steal one of the first two….the Heat steal one in Dallas and come back to Miami down 3-2 and force game 7. It should be an epic ending to a really great season and hopefully….a catalyst to have the powers that be kill the lockout talk.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I’m sorry, but Rose really lost games 3-5 for the Bulls. Down the stretch he made terrible defensive plays (2 and 1′s on Wade and failure to rotate to an open LeBron for 3), couldn’t handle the ball (3 turnovers in the last 3 minutes), and put up horrible shots (off balance twisting runners and his final shot that was blocked). I like Rose and all, but kid folded under pressure.

  • Paps

    I was impressed by some of the flops last night. That’s how I like my NBA superstars to play.

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

    LONG… LIVE… THE KING!

  • Fat Lever

    Wow, Lebron showed out last night, shut people like me up who have been calling him 7-11 this year. Can’t knock the hustle, he was incredible. Atrocious last possession for the Bulls. Korver was open with about 2 seconds left, but everyone knew Rose was going to take that shot. Boozer should be ashamed of himself. Noah hustled his @$$ off, props. The Lebron James Cleveland Correlation continues(need more than only one superstar on a team to win).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Caboose, It’s no secret Drose f*cked up. Doesn’t have to mean he folded under pressure, it wasn’t like he was playing well through 3-quarters and then all of a sudden started missing shots when it really mattered, he was playing terrible the entire series.

  • hoodsnake

    This series can be summed up with 2 SLAM covers: Derrick Rose ‘I want to be MVP’ and LeBron ‘We came here to win and win now’. Congratulations to the Heat.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Is this the twilight zone?
    Cause i coulda sworn i saw a…..
    2006 REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMIX!

  • Myung

    Dirk, Jason Kidd, and LeBron are three of the top 10 active (and arguably ALL TIME) players without rings so in 2.5 weeks, some legacies are going to change. Just like A-Rod and Peyton Manning, someone’s reputation is about to go from “can’t win the big one” to “championship winner.” And someone’s reputation as a perennial loser is going to be cemented. I’m also happy that one of my two favorite guards of the past 15 years (Mike Bibby or Jason Terry) is going to get a ring as well.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    so anyone received letters from Dan Gilbert since last night? Maybe written in interesting fonts?
    No?

  • Sparker

    i’m thinking slam should call stan van gundy for a quote on this

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jahmai: True, but last night, I saw Rose make exactly one good play (his spin hook over LeBron) in the final 4 minutes of action. That’s inexcusable, no matter how bad your first 44 minutes were.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Not to mention, the guy the Bulls refused to trade for Melo (Noah) lost all of his crunch time minutes to Kurt Thomas. Kurt Fu**ing Thomas. That’s just sad.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Mavs win in 5 by making two massive comebacks and dominating the fourth quarters. Heat win in 5 by making two massive comebacks and dominating the fourth quarters.
    I’m getting giddy.

  • tRay

    LOL Dark you really should get that put on a t-shirt. I have a feeling I’ll be seeing that more often for a few weeks lol

  • Myung

    Dan Gilbert is about to be the biggest Dallas Mavericks fan for these next 2 weeks.

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

    congratstotheheatyaddayadda
    betterteamwon bullshadagreatseason yadda yadda futureisbright.
    sigh. -_-

  • Myung

    Big win for American Airlines last night. I can’t believe they sponsor two NBA Arenas.

  • mjNotkobe

    Dirk is gonna feast on Bosh, but unfortunately it will be Heat in 6. Bulls-Heat outcome isn’t the least bit shocking to anyone who wasn’t delusional. Rose is a great young player but it was str8 crazy to think in a 7 game series he was good enough to lead a one-man show over DWade, LBJ, and Bosh. Dirk has a much better chance with his vets than Rose had w/ Noah and the dude whose bark is 10x his bite.

  • RobbieJay

    @Eboy, i think miami needs to steal 2 games in dalls to get full control, although one win wouldnt be bad ethier. i hate the 2-3-2 finals format because you could protect homecourt, and then go down 3-2.

  • Myung

    I’d like to see Caron suit up, even for one minute of game action. He was a big part of the Mavs early season success, and he had short run when he broke into the League with Miami. I’m sure it’s got to be extra painful to sit out the finals when he gets to go against his original NBA team. I feel bad for the dude.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Props to Lebron, He took over last night , best i’ve seen from him since his Detroit playoff performance a couple years ago…. D-Rose is one of my fav players but his turnovers and fouls late in game killed the Bulls..But you have to feel the bitter taste of defeat before you can experience the sweet taste of victory

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Tuffjuice must play, even if just as a symbolic gesture. I mean he’s been working out hard, but only if his knee can handle a few mins. Myung is so right.

  • logues

    to the heat lovers: theres really nothing to brag about until if they win the chip (which they wont). the heat have the two best players in the league on their team, with another allstar player, all in their prime. no other team in the league has even close to that. so really, its no surprise and they should win

  • T-Money

    I mean, everyone knows LeBron is my man but I’m having doubts. Dallas has Kidd, Marion, Dirk, Terry, Peja. All marquee players. I don’t know man, I’m just hoping Miami eek out somehow, and that’s a long shot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Guys like logues make it all worthwhile.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    T-Money….root for the Mavs. Please.

  • bike

    The NBA needs to change the way the MVP is selected. They need to wait until the playoffs are over to make the decision. How could anyone, anyone, argue that LeBron outplayed Rose and was far more valuable to his team than Rose in this series? Rose is going to be great, don’t get me wrong, but LeBron is a much better all around player.

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

    Man, oh man.
    It’s sad to say, but when the Bulls had that double digit lead in the fourth, I was nowhere near thinking it was going to game six.
    Instead my mindset was “let’s see how they F it up this time.”
    I gotta give a tremendous amount of credit to the Heat though. Players stepped up and made huge plays.
    And their defense?
    As someone who enjoys watching great defense as much, if not more than, great offense, I gotta say Miami’s defense in this series was a thing of beauty.
    But so was Chicago’s. They just couldn’t get it done offensively.
    Now that Chicago’s out, I wouldn’t mind seeing either team, Dallas or Miami, win a title.
    But I’m picking the Heat.
    Lots of people are saying if the Heat win this year, they’ll win the next 4 or 5.
    I don’t believe that. The Thunder, my Bulls, and other teams will be right there every year.
    Hopefully.
    Bulls had a great season, better than anyone expected. I can’t be mad that they made it this far and lost to a team that was built to win now.
    @Eboy – appreciate the shout-out. Now that my team’s gone fishing I can turn off the hate and enjoy the Heat.

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

    thats why there’s a finals MVP, bike.
    slam won’t let me post my frustration so i’ll try again. ahem.
    AA;OGIHE;LKN’SAPDAKLSFJH;AWOEIHFBKSMN
    ugh.

  • Mike From Spain

    I thought this series was going to be Heat in 6, then had some doubts because of the big Bulls win in game 1, but after game 2 I could not see the Bulls winning. The Bulls need to get… I don’t know, someone who does something, not Boozer, he’s just dead weight. Also someone who is an offensive upgrade over Bogans, which is not saying much. With these two little tweaks, and with Rose being able to trust other scorers in his team, then the Bulls are good to go for another great season. As for the Heat, congrats, but I still hate the current roster :)

  • Mvp23100

    T-money you must be in a humble mood Dirk wants no parts of this physical defense you hit him in the mouth a few times the rest will fall in line And they have absolutely no awnsers for our stars Kidd locking up Bron or Wade isn’t happening and Bosh will keep Dallas bigs busy if not get his money

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Guys who need to show up bigtime for Dallas:
    Peja (two bad games against OKC)
    Terry (his shot selection is atrocious, his end of qtr fouls are just stoooopid, his D is lacking)
    Chandler (he needs to finish around the rim like he did vs Bynum)
    Carlisle (please don’t waste Marion on chasing Bron around when you have Brewer glued to the Bench. He ignited your Game 1 comebsck against the Kobettes, damnit. Give the man some minutes)

  • mjNotkobe

    MVP is a regular season award. If the playoffs were taken into consideration LBJ might not have one. Even this year I’d have given it to Dirk so far. He’s been the the most valuable and best player this post-season.

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

    As if this morning couldn’t be worse for bulls fans, scottie gotta go and say something like this-
    Scottie Pippen: “Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play in the game, but I may go as far to say LeBron James is probably the greatest player to ever play the game”.

  • Tyrant56

    LeBron’s killer Instinct is growing in an exponential rate and is on full display for the world to see, this is why basketball at its core is a team game, because you need more than 1 man to defend and score I wish both squads could win (mainly Bron & Dirk) but sumthins gotta give and well, its gon be a looooong series

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Wow, the “Dirk is soft crowd” sure hasn’t been paying attention this postseason especially.
    Hopeless.

  • T-Money

    10:25 wasn’t me. I ain’t humble for sh-t! MIAMI IN 5, B-TCHES.

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

    LBJ is no MJ!
    But, I will say this, and I’ve said it before.
    This is the season LeBron became the best player currently playing in the NBA.
    Sorry, Kobe.

  • mjNotkobe

    Scottie’s on crack? That’s sad.

  • T-Money

    bulls fans: explain to me why noah is untouchable and yet wasn’t on the floor at the end of the biggest game of the season? the bulls finished the game with thomas-gibson. wow.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Scottie=moron.

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

    It was definitely arguable before.
    But not now.
    LeBron is now officially > Kobe.
    As for their body of work over their careers, though, Kobe’s still trumps LeBron’s easily.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    What’s more prestigious, being the best player in the regular season, or being the best player through three rounds in the post-season?
    Dirk has been the best player, and has looked like the second best player in the league, period.
    Bron has become a killer, it seems. Rose shot 6% from the field when being guarded by LeBron. 6%!!
    Bron absolutely dominated Rose when the two were matched-up this series.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Rigo your 10:40 comment is what I have been saying to myself lately too. Your 100% right.

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

    and here’s the kicker: tomorrow is my bday! DAH!
    all i wanted was a game 6 win, but no =\
    well that and to win a damn slamonline contest…
    tmoney: f*ck it! trade his as$!
    im kind of irrational this morning.

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

    Dallas shoutout, American Airlins shoutout and shameless and corny tagline for the mavericks and American Airlines Center. “When the AA/C is on, the Heat goes down.” That’s terribly good, right?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    From the @whitehoteboy Twitter feed: “Scottie, we watched you attach your trailer hitch to MJ and make you relevant, then he used you as he gained age to do his dirty work. Stop”

  • Waffles

    Yeah, that 10:25 comment from T-Money was from me. Not sure why it showed up as T-Money.

  • vtrobot

    LBJ completely shutting down Rose’s sh*t at the end of these last couple games was more impressive than those big three. Despite the fact that many on here said there was no way that ‘Bron could handle him, I can’t remember seeing Rose that out of sorts. Mavs in 6. F Booz.

  • logues

    Eboy: miami’s lack of a post presence is finally going to catch up with them. dallas is very solid thru their whole lineup, and their bench. haywood and chandler are the 2 biggest guys on the court, can help protect basket and get boards. however, dallas doesnt really have anyone that can guard dwade or bron 1 on 1. marion maybe, but thats about it. but miami has noone who can guard dirk. also, i think dallas moves the ball incredibly good and they somehow continue to get wide open threes all game. miami does a good job of closing out, but dallas has too many weapons

  • http://slamonline.com Michael

    Eboy, you got a twitter? I’ve had some fun with BC on twitter, he’s a cool guy even though I was kinda provoking him. Any other twitter accounts that are mainly NBA related tweets.
    Oh and cosign Philo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m sure they’re terrified.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I do and that’s my id.

  • T-Money

    did someone hear what ric bucher said on the radio yesterday. HIGH-LA-RIOUS. a few highlights: -rose is a better offensive player AND defensive player than lebron. -rose’s supporting cast now is weaker than bron’s was in cleveland. -rose made good decisions down the stretch in this series, it’s just that his teammates kept failing him. -based on what he saw vs miami, he’s more convinced than ever that rose is the best playe in the nba. -stats don’t matter. dan lebatard, who’s usually very witty and sarcastic, was silent, didn’t know what to say and wasn’t sure if bucher was serious.

  • T-Money

    logues: why would miami’s lack of a post presence catch up to them now instead of vs boston or chicago?

  • feez22

    This year was THE YEAR to take advantage of miami’s shortcomings. It was THE YEAR to capitalise on the fact that miami had NO TRUE CENTER and NO TRUE PG. now you are going to give an “incomplete” team a chance to win a title when they aren’t even the full team we will see next year. they have the MID LEVEL EXCEPTION next year… If they get nene or samuel dalembert a REAL CENTER and implement a REAL OFFENSE that maximizes the roleplayer’s strengths well… let me put it lightly… they will be unbeatable. No matter what the bulls do… even if the bulls get a scoring SG. If the heat can beat the bulls without a true center, mike bibby (who btw in “per” was the worst player in nba playoff history entering the series) and without a true offensive system then what do you think is going to happen when they IMPLEMENT 2 of those 3 things in the offseason? Chicago fans… yall should know this deal already. Give talent an offensive system where they can get easy buckets and a servicable big man that’s good at defense and well… u have a dynasty. deal with it or just take a 4 yr break from the nba.

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

    oh ric bucher…
    broussard brought up a very interesting point this morning.
    what if the heat picked up greg oden in the summer and he could stay relatively healthy. no one’s gonna pay him big bucks so the heat could get a young, BIG center for cheap to solve their supposed “problems” down low.
    i think that would be…oh god that would suck.

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

    *for everyone else.

  • T-Money

    feez: even if they get a legit center and pg, the beauty of the wade-miller-bron-ud-bosh crunch time line-up is that they’re just very good ball players – forget the positions. they can switch every pick and are all comfortable operating inside or outside on offense and defense. They all are good shooters, good passers, good rebounders and good team defenders. that’s TOUGH.

  • feez22

    btw to the idiot rick bucher that says rose has a less of a supporting cast than lebron did in cleveland… The bulls were in EVERY GAME v. the heat this entire series. Rose was horrible from games 3-5 yet they had a chance to win all 3. When lebron had a bad game v. the celtics last yr… it was BLOWOUT. in fact, the cavs were blown out in games 4 and 5 with lebron playing subpar. When rose played subpar the bulls were still in every single game. Rose avg 23ppg on 35% shooting this series facing the kind of defense that lebron faced last yr. lebron avg 26ppg on 45% shooting last yr and his team lost badly. im sorry… id take the bulls support over the 09-10 cavs support ANY DAY.

  • logues

    T-money: no particular reason. vs boston if rondo doesnt get hurt miami might not even be alive yet, and dont even give me the “theres a lot of ifs and mights” cuz u know damn well rondos injury hurt them big time and def changed the series. but anyway, vs chicago the bulls just plain dont have enough offensive weapons, and with all the mavs weapons they have and how great they move the ball they shouldnt have problems putting up points. so, i just dont know if bron and wade can carry them enough vs dallas without having a post presence to go to. and no, chris bosh is not a post presence. if you look back on the last 10 yrs or so, every championship team has had a go to post player. bron and wade may cancel out anything i said by dominating, but this is just my opinion

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The MJ Bulls NEVER had a post presence….besides from Mike in the 2nd threepeat.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I really think you should only blame the refs if you’re a hardcore Bulls fan. Yeah, way too many free throws gifted to them in crunch time (WTF on the Wade 4 point play) after the Bron clothesline from Boozer. But they didn’t take the lead on free throws, they took them on pretty much wide open 3s. That’s bad D, not cheating.

  • feez22

    Eboy i made an error there but u know what i mean. If this team can compete like this without being “complete” they will be damn near unbeatable when they fill that hole @ center & implement an offense that isn’t almost completely iso oriented.

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

    people I hate the most in order 1. Skip Bayless 2. Rick bucher

  • G Diesel

    One of the former Sacramento Kings perenial losers will get a ring and the other one will be tormented forever. These finals are about Bibby vs Stojakovic. Lol

  • feez22

    logues using “ifs”… if you use “ifs” for the future than fine. but you cannot use “ifs” for the past. using “ifs” for past stuff that already happened just tells me that you are reaching for straws. btw, bosh doesn’t need to be a “post presence” for miami. why? because dirk is mostly a face up perimeter player AS WELL. so by that criteria, the nba champion won’t have a post presence regardless in terms of having a back down paint scorer. Both teams PF’s are Face up players that can drive to the rim or shoot over the top.

  • tRay

    Anyone else wish Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr didn’t cover this series? I can’t tell you how many times I changed the channel cuz I needed a break from those two. Also Kenny Smith and Charles are such haters sometimes it’s disgusting. When the Heat did something well they down played it and harped more on the Bulls mistakes.

  • feez22

    @1982 that wade 4point play was not “gifted”. Rose clearly fouled his arm on the jumper. that was probably the clearest jumper foul all series since most of the others were flops/flails.

  • feez22

    tRay… it gets worse come finals time. The finals will be on ABC… u know what that means. JVG and Mark Jackson banter about foolishness all nba finals… smh.

  • feez22

    BTW what scottie pippen said about jordan should REVOKE HIS TO BE BRONZE STATUE FROM CHICAGO. This is ridiculous… Scottie just said lebron may be the best player ever? Scottie is an idiot. Revoke your HOF pass, revoke your bronze statue, revoke your 6 championships… oh my goodness. Pub enemy #1 in chicago=scottie pippen.

  • tRay

    @feez yeah they get on my d@mn nerves too smh but at least Mark Jackson is pretty fair at times but hearing Reggie Miller this series was almost unbearable. I think I like Hubbie Brown and Mark Turiko(I’m sure I killed that lol) but those guys are great to me.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Eboy Damn skippy, listing MJ era Bulls’ centers is almost like making a list of people who were gifted rings. Many backup centers today would run laps around them, but not their team defense. Even their famous centers were taken long after their prime. From Parish to King to Wennington, the only notable guy was…Luc Longly? I’m kidding.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Hubie needs to get the color work for this series….f*ck Mark Jackson and his “hand down, man down” bullsh*t.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    What did Pip say about Jordan? Was this recent? And @feez I was watching on an internet feed, I thought it was a phantom foul, but it was grainy so I’m taking your word for it…

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Mark Jackson repeats himself so much he sounds like the 2K11 commentators.

  • feez22

    hubie would be perfect this series… he actually has good basketball insight. i don’t want to hear about mark jackson’s “its time to dance” or JVG’s incessant need to change every nba rule in the book w/ ongoing rambling. I want to be educated while i watch these finals. hubie would make these finals enjoyable to me. A lot of casual fans don’t like hubie brown. why? bc they don’t want to hear good insight & a guy talk really slow. i want to hear that.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Jackson should keep changing that lame catchphrase. make it more risqué.
    My suggestion? “pants down, hand down.”

  • feez22

    @1982 Pip said that mj may have been a better “scorer” than lebron but then went on to say that lebron was the best player of all time. over jordan. take it as you will. i was offended and im not even a chicago fan.

  • tRay

    LOL @1982 comment at 11:43 am
    JVG does so much rambling it’s not even funny. By the time he’s done 4 f*ckin plays have occured.@feez Hubbie has so much insight it makes watching a great game even better but casual fans want to hear horrible “catch phrases” and sh*t like that smh.

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

    hubie is the man.
    now to get bill walton back…

  • Tyrant56

    @feez22 get ready cause momma there goes that man, excuse me (insert name) may I have this dance?, and of course you know the rules hand down man down!

  • Double J

    co-sign bull22 of the first variety

  • http://slamonline Brion

    I cant agree more w/ tRay, Reggie Miller needs to go. Hes horrible. It seems all the old vets that are now commentators wanna hate on the the Heat.

  • el_larsen

    yessssssss.no bulls revival.
    think i ll support the mavs .dirk it s now or never.

  • tRay

    I always enjoyed Sean Elliot and even Bill Walton. Like Brion just said all the old vets are just so bitter it clouds there ability to actual call the game down the middle. OH and I’m so sick of Kenny Smith he’s so full of himself. Walking his knock kneed a$$ to that jumbo tron.

  • T-Money

    i actually watched the miami-chicago series on mute. gave me a chance to catch up on all the new albums!

  • feez22

    @tRay man i used to despise bill walton’s commentary and still do because he would drift off into nothingness every game (for example, a lebron james pass would make bill walton drift off into his trip to spain and fighting of the bulls LOL). However his “parody” account on twitter is too hilarious. the guy doing the bill walton parody account has been awesome. sort of has changed my opinion of bill from annoying to comedic lol.

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

    bill has been HILARIOUS, even if he might not mean it.
    im sure it went something like “Robert Horry is the greatest inbounds passer of all time”

  • tRay

    @feez LOL yeah you kind of have to get past that because he goes on those drifts due to his age lol but dude is funny as hell

  • http://slamonline Brion

    I still think Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson make a great commentator duo.

  • mjNotkobe

    How bout them Bulls? :-D

  • tRay

    But on the real shout out to the real Bulls fans on this site who been riding with them for years through the ups and downs. BC, airs, Rigo and I’m sure I’m missing someone else lol maybe ThaWindy, Diesel and Jahmai

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Unsurprised. I apologize for jinxing the Bulls. Last night I had a game at 9 I left my house with 3 minutes left thinking the game was as good as over. Chi was up 12, and before I left I tweeter “I hope Chicago holds onto this lead” – when I got to the gym I had like 30 messages talking about a Miami comeback, I’m so p*ssed I didn’t see it live.

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

    just for sh*ts and giggles i was looking at some of the previous articles i’ve posted on and saw something i thought was funny. 2009 -
    Lang Whitaker Posted: Oct.2 at 8:45 am
    If Derrick Rose is better than Joe Johnson, then I am, too.

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

    and thanks for the shoutout tRay

  • JTaylor21

    For all those sensitive MJ fanboys out there, Pip actually said that Bron “could” be the greatest.
    Reading is fundamental, folks!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He said could be as in right now. Not could be as in could become.

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

    no, not really jtaylor.
    “…But I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game”

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Brion they do, but when they start telling random stories or going off on these weird theories that have nothing to do with the current game, it’s like listening to The View with men. When they’re actually commentating, I think they’re good too. No one else has said this, but I actually quite like Kerr in the booth. Since we’re talking about Hubie Brown, I miss Bob Costas.

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

    As arrogant as Pip is I’m surprised he didn’t end that with “besides me, of course”.

  • tRay

    No prob airs

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    @Feez thanks, I’m going to try to find it

  • JTaylor21

    Aight, maybe I dissected it wrong but what does it matter what pippen says? He was probably being a prisoner of the moment at that time after watching bron destroy his team on the offensive and defensive end. Also the guy was one of the greatest all-around players of all-time so he probably appreciates Bron’s all-around abilities.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    re: Eboy @ 9:43am–and to you too, my friend. We’ve been here for a long (long) time together and we both deserve to gloat a little today. It’s been a wild ride as fans of the Heat, BBall in general, and Slamonline. I tip my Presidente to you and the team! :)

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Congrats to the Heat – the better team prevailed (and made me look real smart predicting 4-1 series win after game 1). LeBron and Wade played extremely well during the last 3-4 minutes. And Lebron’s defense was awesome throughout locking down Rose and swatting shots left and right. However let’s not get carried away with the MJ comparisons, after the hot 1stQ start James had a strect where he went 1/11 from the field, before eventually turning up the play in the end (impressive to see him play that well in the clutch, gotta love it). James played for him a good game with a great finish, nothing legendary about that performance like most Bron fanboys are screaming (I didn’t read the comments yet, so no pun intended). Chicago are still a bit away but hopefully they will make some smart moves and persuade Rose to channel his inner Chris Paul instead of his inner Iverson. They should be allright I think. Regarding the Finals, I’m cheering for Dallas – Dirk need to get that ring, him and Kidd are the most deserving in the L. I belive the Mavs will take it in 7, but it can go either way no doubt. The refs in the Bulls game were not the best, especially not for the home team let’s leave it at that – doesn’t really matter to much as the best team won. However one thing; what was up with LeBron’s flop in the 2nd (3rd?) that ish was worse than anything Manu or any other player has done… Just plain embarrasing for the game’s arguably best player to be doing that… Looking forward to the Finals. Dirk will be a beast and I think that the combo of Mavs interior size and their hot shooting will give Heat (and their great D) trouble.

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

    I’m going out on a limb here and predicting the Lakers to beat the Mavs and Heat in 6 for Kobe’s sixth ring. Book it.

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

    Bron is more Pippen than Jordan in my opinion. With Jordan’s scoring mentality.
    LOL @ listening to The View for men.
    It’s so true tho. I can’t stand when they go off on some weird tangents.
    And Reggie Miller I just wanna choke. I don’t mind Steve Kerr when he’s not partnered with Reggie.
    Plus, it’s Steve Kerr. I love that dude. He’s one of the few NBA players I’ve met in person, and he’s a cool dude.
    Bob Costas was dope! I still remember that crazy circus shot MJ hit in some Finals game and Bob Costas saying “SOMEHOW….SOMEWAY…it went in.”

  • el_larsen

    what a fantastic serie for the mvp d rose!!lol
    OVERRATED

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

    Here we go with that bullsh*t again…

  • http://bulls.com airs

    bob costas tried a little too hard at times.
    dick stockton before he went senile was pretty cool though

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    LeBron just did his impression of Dream over Admiral in ’95.

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

    Can you imagine if they had Dick Vitale doing NBA games?
    *shudders*

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I wonder why Slam hasn’t posted what Scottie said about Lebron yet.

  • tRay

    If Dick Vitale commented on NBA games Rigo I would literally hang myslef infront of ESPN and TNT studios. He actually did a game back in 08 I believe it was Denver against Miami and all he harped on was the match up of DWade vs Melo and their college days like GOD D@MNIT!

  • Fat Lever

    Darksaber’s comment at 10:44 is hilarious. Nice.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If I can throw this out there: hypothetically….if Lebron quit on the Cavs last year by getting a triple double in the last game of the Celtics series and put up superior numbers all series in the Conference Finals in ’10, against what seemed like a much stronger Celtics team…..what do we make of Rose’s performance in this series. He shot 30%. He never came up big when his team needed it. He forced bad shot after bad shot. He played miniscule defense. Hardly CREATED offense for anyone else. I mean….most of you were around here last postseason as LeBron was basically eradicated for his play in that series, so if we are being fair….what was the reason Rose was so blatantly took out of his game. And don’t say great D, because the Celts last year had great D too and Lebron put up numbers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Eboy, he just simply isn’t ready to truly carry his team to a championship yet man. He doesn’t have that much help(i.e. “Popcorn Muscles”, Joakim “No Offense” Noah, Kyle” All I do is shoot” Korver), and it’s only his third year in the league.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom
  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Fair enough. Doesn’t address his own personal shortfalls in the series….but you’re right his limited roster let him down. Just like Lebron’s did season after season in Cleveland. See what I did there?

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

    when you put a 6’8″ power forward on a 6’1″ point guard whose “second option” would rather yell than play anything remotely close to basketball, its pretty tough win.
    but to be clear i never though lebron quit on his team, ever.
    well, besides the whole decision thing but when he was playing, nah.

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

    small forward*…or point guard*….shooting guard*?? i dunno, that beastly guy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I thought Rose was 6’3″?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Yeah. I forgot to mention how he chucked more than my favorite player of all-time when that player feels the need to.

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

    E, to me personally, the reason why I didn’t like what LeBron did last year was because he absolutely looked like he quit on his team in game 5.
    In game 6 he shot like sh*t but he had that triple double, but game 5, man. He just looked disinterested, he looked like he already had one foot out the door, which he did really.
    With Rose it’s different. I honestly think LeBron could’ve played better if he had really wanted to.
    I don’t think Rose could have done any better because of his youth, and inexperience in not having gone up against this type of defense at this level yet in his career.

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

    nah, he’s listed at 6’3″ but no way. at the combine im rpetty sure they got him at 6’1″

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, hate to butt in but Rose did go up against probably the best defensive team since the Bad Boys in the 08 Celtics during the first round. So let’s not act like this is dude first go around int the playoffs, ok.
    Also, even though he was guarded by Wade and Bron down the stretch in games, he still had Mike freaking Bibby and Mario Pebble Brain Chalmers on him during majority of the games. He was supposed to dominate those guys but he never did.

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

    airs – He was listed at 6’4″ in college, and is listed as 6’3″ in the NBA.
    At the draft combine he was 6’2.5″ with shoes, so 6’2″ and a half, pretty much 6’3″.

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

    oh i thought i remembered it being around 6’1″. my bad.
    still, haha.

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

    JTaylor – yes the Celtics defense was outstanding in ’08.
    But no matter what, you can’t compare going up against a great defensive team in the first round to going up against a great defensive team in the conference finals.
    Great defensive teams get even stingier and stingier with each passing series.
    Plus, Celtics were without KG that series. Made a huge difference.

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

    airs – what you probably remember was everyone freaking out about Rose’s and Beasley’s heights. Because Rose was listed as 6’4” at Memphis, and Beasley at 6’10” at Kansas State.
    And then come to find out *GASP* Rose is really 6’2” and Beasley’s really 6’8”.
    Much like KD not being able to bench press 185 though, it really didn’t matter much.

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, my fault. I mistook the 08 champs for the 09 celtics sans KG. Anyways, what about his failure to dominate when being guarded by Bibby and Chalmers. I know that team defense had a hand in his struggles but there’s no defense out there good enough to hold a great player to 36% shooting. Wade may have shot a similar percentage but he came up big in the clutch numerous times which is something Rose failed to do time after time again.

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

    Come on, I’m giving out golden comments on nothing today and you are all being very serious. It is less than fun on the Friday before memorial day weekend.

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

    True, JTaylor, but Wade also has LeBron and Bosh who can take a lot of pressure off him in the pressure-packed final moments by also being threats that the opposing D has to account for, not to mention Bron’s such a great facilitator that he can create more opportunites for Wade than any teammate of Rose ever could for him.

  • HAMMER

    Painful. Just painful. But, congrats 2 the Heat. They brought their game, and deserved 2 win this. Chicago is still young, so we’ll b back. C u next season b!tches (still I gotta hate on em) Haha! I hope this Heat/Mavs Finals in as dope as they say its gonna b. It better b

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Rose’s (realistic) reputation should not be affected by this series. He’s still top 2 potential wise PG’s in the league, and a top 3 overall PG. He just needs a real scorer next to him (Carlos Boozer? is a total joke as a sidekick, Utah should have been evidence enough of that, especially considering how much better Deron Williams is at creating for his teammates). If they can package Boozer and Noah or Asik (They already have a better PF backing up Boozer in Taj, just like Utah had Millsap) and get an All Star caliber 2 (they would also have to take back a horrid contract for Boozer) they will be an actual title contender next season. – I know Noah is supposedly untouchable, and so is Asik, but Chicago has to take a step back to take any steps forward, its the nature of the salary cap beast.

  • Young Money

    Shout out to: Dan Gilbert, Adrian Wojnarowski, Otis Smith, and everyone else that supported the Heat. We wouldnt be here without you.

  • Young Money

    Last nights game is going to be a future NBA commercial..like the one with the ball interviewing magic johnson..”i hit the shot and the crowd went pffffffffffffffffffffff”

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

    Soop – They couldn’t trade Boozer AND Noah without taking back two players with huge contracts, as Noah’s contract will baloon up to $10 million due to his extension.
    The Boozer signing, I don’t care what Bulls management says, it was partially to adress their need for a low post scoring presence but it was mainly a risk they took that they were hoping would help lure LeBron.
    It didn’t work, which wouldn’t have mattered if Boozer was worth the money he’s getting paid.
    He’s not.

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

    I tried to jump on the Miami Heat bandwagon one time, but Nike called me and said they didn’t think that would be appropriate. Then they stole the video of me and Bron Bron doing yoga.

  • http://google J-Ro

    Pardon me, Sir LeBron James, for calling your defense “overrated”.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I always knew these guys wouold get to the finals…and I’m so happy for them. eboy in reference to your comparing rose’s collapse to lebron’s…honestly i don’t thinnk it’s fair bc lebron is so much better at everything than rose is. plus he’s older. and this is coming from someone who loves the way rose plays.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    also logues is tripping balls…and s/o to fezz22 if nobody can beat them now..the rest of the league better hope they never become a complete team…and god help you if they ever really shore up that bench

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

    Oh well, there’s always 2k11.
    I’m on year 2 with the Bulls, and my 19 year-old 6’8” rookie SG out of DePaul is averaging 22, 11 and 8…and 4 blocks a game.
    I’m gonna be playing it a lot more now…

  • http://google J-Ro

    @NBK- isnt it funny how both of Boozers backups (Millsap, Gibson) are just simply outplaying him?

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

    In 2015 Boozer will be 34 years old making $16.8 million and probably putting up like 12 and 5…sigh…

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    I’m going to choose Dallas, so the Heat can win

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

    This finals is going to be freaking awesome-sauce. They should start it on Sunday instead of Tuesday. Who wants to wait till Tuesday?

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

    At least start on Monday, when most of the US will be off for Memorial Day!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    My bad got off work early then picked up this new phone. They can package Boozer and Asik, or Boozer and Noah for like Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins (just an example) – there’s more options with those two then you’d expect. and it’s just Boozer might be a good practice player/mentor, every big who has ever played under him turned out pretty good. Varejao, Millsap, Gibson. I mean Boozer is clearly productive when he’s not playing the best defenses in the league game after game, so he’s gotta know how to get it done.

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, a 6’4 rook SG avg. 4blks a game? Stop it slime! Turn up the difficulty level and stop playing in JV mode.

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

    6’8″ rookie SG, JTaylor.
    And I’m that dude that will play on recruit in COD or pro level on 2k11 so I can smash the CPU, cause I like to play to get away from all the BS of real life.
    Getting killed in a video game would just add to my stress! lol.

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, HAAAA HA!!! I see where you’re coming from but me personally I gotta play at the highest level especially on 2K.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Where’s BC?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bron ain’t Durant and Westbrook ain’t Wade. Ibaka sure ain’t Bosh. I want to see if the Mavs can lock down those three players. I have doubts. I think they lose some defensive most because Chandler has to stay attached to Bosh. Either he respects Bosh’s midrange or gives up lanes to Bron and Wade. I don’t believe in Peja or Terry on defense. And hey are the ones who will have to help. Wade cannot allow Kidd to guard him successfully.

  • Ronald

    I always thought Peja’s defense was underrated. When he was with the Hornets he matched up pretty well with other SF’s. Of course that’s before he hurt his back. My main concern is who is marking Dirk/Chandler. Is it Bosh/Anthony? Or Bosh/Athony. One of the biggest advantage against OKC was Chandler running past Perkins for free alley-oops (I think Chandler is an awful finisher btw) which gave OKC fits. If Bosh is on Chandler, he can do the same. But then Dirk will murder Anthony. He might actually foul out in the first quarter.
    Also, how much zone are the Mavs going to use in these series? If they are, then is Bosh going to kill them at the high post area?

  • Ronald

    I meant “Is it Bosh/Anthony or Anthony/Bosh”. And, these recaps, despite the fact that the Bulls lost, it’s still about the Bulls. The Bulls this…the Bulls that…shouldn’t some of them be about the Heat?

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

    @Eboy [regarding the lack of post presence-joke] – don’t forget Luc Longely for the first 4 minutes of game 1 versus the Sonics ; p

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