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Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 9:11 am  |  204 responses

Post Up: Go On Your Way

Heat send the Celtics packing; Thunder rout Grizz.

Boston 87, Miami 97

First it was Wade. He landed body blow after body blow, singlehandedly willing Miami with tough shot after tough shot. The bedraggled Celtics stood tall, and fought through injuries with a bench fueled surge in the fourth. After a jumper from Krstic put the Cs up six, it looked like they might just have enough moxie to force a Game 6.

But then in the blink of an eye, Miami up and knocked Boston out.

King James landed the decisive blows leading Miami on a 16-0 run to close the game out. Bron Bron scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter including the last 10 points of the game. The surge included two absolute daggers from deep from LeBron. On his second three of the sequence, which put Miami up six with 40 seconds, Bron made sure to hold his pose that was oozing with redemptive swag.

When the dust settled, LeBron and Wade, the two best players in the series and arguably in the League, shared an emotional embrace on the court, savoring their 97-87 triumph over their bullying big brother. James and Wade combined for 67 of Miami’s 97 points. Bosh chipped in with 14 and 11 including a big dunk during Miami’s end of game surge.

Garnett led the Celtics out of the gate with 12 first quarter points but was relatively unheard from afterwards. Ray Allen had a team high 18 points including five threes and their bench was playing well behind strong efforts from Krstic and Delonte West. In the end, sloppy play and careless turnovers doomed Boston.

While Boston played some of their worst ball of the season this series, Miami on the other hand seems to be peaking at just the right time. Dominating defensive efforts and better chemistry between their stars adds the critical substance to their abundant style and hype.

“I didn’t like it,” Doc said of the media circus that was the Heat season. “It helped them. It allowed them to go through something and prepare them for the Playoffs.”

Indeed it looks like we are now all witnessing a monster that is partially of our own creation. Now that they’ve finished their lunch, the Heat looks as hungry as ever and primed for a deep run.

Memphis 72, Oklahoma City 99

I suppose the world order was temporarily restored Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. The Thunder won convincingly, Kevin Durant took the most shots, and the Grizzlies finally played, after over three weeks of divinity and overachievement, like an eighth seed. Actually, they played much worse than that: one starter in double figures, smashed on the boards, and a measly offense that produced just 72 points.

On second thought, did the game in fact restore order? Maybe tonight was the aberration.

This one got out of hand quickly in the second quarter when the Thunder unleashed one of those spurts they’re so capable of at home, when the crowd lifts the young athletes and momentum runs like an avalanche. It was 16-4 in all, enough to change the game completely, turning a deficit into an 11-point cushion and a lead that didn’t relinquish.

Durant (19 points) was finally efficient, and didn’t succumb to over-shooting in wake of constant analysis over Westbrook’s attempts rate. Russ was somewhat controlled, too, doing just enough in 25 minutes (11 points, 6 assists, and 3 turnovers) to let the bench finish things late. Speaking of, Thunder reserves produced 53 points—well over half the team’s output—and allowed the starters watch it end.

Mike Conley suffered from a little Westbrook-itis himself, 16 shots at a poor rate while Randolph and Gasol were both left with 9 attempts each. But even that mattered little—the Grizz appeared sluggish and tired; a team that looked like it needed a home crowd jolt will find it when it returns home for Game 6, finally with their backs to the wall and, wouldn’t you know it, in the second week of May with L.A., Boston and San Antonio all done.

An anxious Thunder will look to close against a Memphis team that hasn’t given us a reason to doubt them. Should be fun.

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  • Myung

    Huge win for Miami. Congrats, Eboy and Cheryl, on wrapping up the 2011 NBA title last night. I mean this sarcastically because Miami celebrated like they won the ring. And i mean that sincerely because I think they just knocked off the last team that can actually beat them this year. Miami’s a funny team. They did that WWE style celebration in July of 2010(something most teams do after winning a ring). Then they celebrate on the court last night like they won a ring. And in about a month, I think they will actually win a ring. They do things in reverse order on South Beach.

  • Myung

    I wrote this on April 16th on my Facebook page (Eboy as my witness). Other than the Spurs losing to Memphis (and I’m not so confident OKC will beat Dallas in the WCF), I think my picks are looking pretty good: “Round 1: Bulls. Heat. Hawks. Celtics. Spurs. Lakers. Thunder. Mavs. Round 2: Bulls. Heat. Thunder. Mavs. Round 3: Heat. Thunder. Finals: Heat.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    That closeout by LeBron was super duper impressive. When it was over it did kinda looked like the Heat won something, the media was everywhere, LeBron was crying.

  • Myung

    Yeah, LeBron was GREAT in the clutch last night. I also was thinking if you took Miami and laid the points last night, LeBron single handedly swung the bet for you in that last minute. Not that I’m condoning gambling or anything.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Great play by Lebron in the fourth.Respect to Baby Bron Bron.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Miami beats Boston and now EVERYBODY seems to think that an NBA Championship is pretty much a given for them at this point. The teams still left in the Playoffs may as well just not even show up to play because they’ve already lost.

  • Hursty

    Shoutout to Fleetwood Mac…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    For the people already writing off the Bulls (they still need to beat the Hawks) in the ECF because they’re just Drose, GET REAL. Miami looks ALOT like 2½ man, and I’d say Chicago is way deeper. Besides Chicago’s D often looks like the best in the league, they have a maniac for a coach and most of the time they work hard as sh*t. We all know Miami has way more talent but just don’t count Chicago out IF they make it to the ECF. It’s not going to be a sweep.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Shout to Bryan Crawford who GUARANTEED the Heat couldn’t sniff their way past the second round if Lebron’s hairline depended on it. I believe he bet his kids on it or something silly like that. Look it up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @BC, totally agree, Miami does look really, really impressive, but like i just said, Chicago is tough, and maybe I’d still take the Mavs in a potential Finals matchup. OKC could be trouble too. So, basicly I’m supporting your point. It’s def. not over.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Miami acted like they won the ‘chip…. that was actually pathetic on so many levels. Like Lebron was crying! dude, its the second round

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jahmai….only dumb guys says sh*t like you’re trying to make up. Stop betting bu*thurt and finalize your reservations.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    congrats to the Heat. they played well. wade and lebron were wade and lebron, bosh was effective when he needed to be, and the role players were there when they were called on. spo made the right decisions late in games also. tough loss if you’re a celtics fan, obviously, but i can live with how we went down for the most part. to sum up the series as concisely as possible, i’d say youth beat age. the heat were young and athletic while the celtics were old and beat up. they looked tired down the stretch consistently and it caused them to have trouble closing out games. everyone on the celtics played well in spurts. ray was lights out for the series (his shooting stats for the playoffs: 52 FG%, 57 3PT%, 96% FT%). pierce was his usual self on offense and did a decent job on lebron on offense. garnett played defense like it was 08 and had some great offensive spurts. rondo’s biggest impact was probably emotional, and his game three comeback will one day be legacy-defining for him. JO was great on defense, showing he can still block or alter shots around the rim. D-West was the spark we needed off the bench, and big baby was effective in stretches as well. jeff green seems to be finally coming into his own as a celtic, and i look forward to having him on this team for a while. krstic had some timely buckets in game 5, and if they had been able to close it out, he would’ve been one of the game’s quiet heros. unfortunately, the guys the celtics depended on the most just didn’t seem to be able to do it consistently. still, i love this team. thanks for another great year, celtics.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    well, atleast Doc can still say that his original starting 5 hasn’t lost a playoff series

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Yeah, I did say that Miami’s ride would end in Round 2. I’ve also said that the Bulls were the REAL challengers to the “perceived” dominance of the Heat… 1 out of 2 ain’t bad.

  • Myung

    We may lose to Chicago tonight, and if so, congrats in advance to Rigo, BC, and the other Bulls fans on here. But as of THIS MORNING? I’m happy to report that my oft maligned team (along with Memphis… is there such thing as a Memphis Grizzly fan?) is still around while Boston, San Antonio, and LA are fishing. Memphis and Atlanta just tied in the Moral Victory Finals with a 1-0 sweep over the rest of the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Try to have your team finish off the Hawks. I mean….the Hawks? Seriously? Giving you this much trouble? Sorry Myung.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Myung, I’m a Grizzles fan on the low, too.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    also, i want to say a few things about miami’s stars. first, lebron won a lot of my respect this series. last night, he did an exceptional job of closing out that game, and i also appreciated what he said to the media. he appropriately gave credit to the celtics and he was all class when he talked about cleveland. wade, on the other hand, lost a lot of my respect. he made some genuinely dirty plays throughout the series, and i was surprised by it–i just didn’t realize he was that kind of player. also, he plays what doc rivers would call “hero ball” down the stretch, and it may not have hurt them this series, but i’d look for that to cost them some games going forward. and bosh was impressive to me. he’s sacrificed a lot, and for heat haters, he’s an easy target, but the truth is, the guy can play. he’s not a banger, he doesn’t ooze toughness, but he is a skilled big man and most teams would love to have him.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    The Hawks won as many games as I said they would in this series. Go somewhere else with that “this much trouble” crap. Chicago has been playing the same way all year. They haven’t dominated anyone, they’ve been winning ugly and the fact that people expect them to be something they’re not because of the accolades this season is just silly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Eboy, stop trying to create the idea ‘I’m making sh*t up’, like you didn’t say Miami would dominate Chicago, and you’re response tells me you’re the one who’s butthurt. Now grow up, I gave the Heat credit and said not to write the Bulls off even though the Heat dismantled the C’s in 5 games.

  • Myung

    Interesting turn of events… all these years, the West was the perceived power conference, yet the East has won 3 of the last 7 NBA Titles. I think that happens when the two real best teams in the League battle it out in their respective conference Finals and then take it down a notch in the actual Finals (in addition to being mentally and physically drained from the CF). We’ve seen it happen in baseball as well (when the NL wins the World Series against the “superior” AL). I firmly believe the Bulls and Heat are the two best teams in the NBA. And I’m certainly NOT predicting a victory for OKC or Dallas. But it wouldn’t shock me either. If CHI and MIA play a really tough series, the Finals will be anti climatic because we’ll all see the “real” championship as “MIA vs. CHI.” The end result might shock us all. It’s happened before. I’m still picking Miami. But whoever Miami plays in the Finals won’t give them as tough as challenge as Chicago.

  • QQQQQ!

    Lebron’s face after the second three was hilariously awesome.

  • Sparker

    anyone who thinks what lebron did wasn’t impressive is totally nuts. he delivered at both ends when throats were tight and guys were hiding left and right. the only valid comment will be registered shortly by the Philosopher. on the other hand, there was something cringe-worthy about his reaction at the end. lebron: great player, a bit of a tool. as a hoops fan, i can live with it.

  • eyal

    Barkley was also complaining last night about the celebration being too excessive, I completely disagree. Boston is by far the Miami’s greatest obstacle to a championship, both mentally and physically. You could see it in lebron’s eyes after that second 3 pointer, for him and to a lesser extent for Wade, this wasn’t just about winning a game or a series, it was about purging YEARS of psychological roadblock against their critics and against a team that always had their number. Props to Miami for winning with class and to Boston for losing with class (unlike their westcoast counterparts). I think this win was more profound for james than most people realize, that much was clear to me from his postgame disposition and choice of words…

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    Not a big Heat fan, but I am enjoying the “changing of the guard” right before our eyes. The way the Heat’s season has played out is intriguing on so many levels. What will the reaction be (besides EBoy tipping his desk over in excitement) if the Heat win a ‘ship this year? Oh, and DWade>>>Kobe at this point in their careers.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jahmai….I know you’re 14 or some young silly age…but you’ve cried wolf as long as you’ve posted here. Your team is underachieving in the playoffs. That is fact. Rose has played well, yet inefficient. That too is fact. Face the facts, Rose is going to see what it’s like to face talents on a whole ‘nother level than Joe Johnson and Danny Granger. Keep hope alive though. The rest of the NBA watching world is.

  • Myung

    Myung does not appreciate the subtle digs at the Atlanta Hawks, eboy, even if they’re legit.

  • feez22

    lebron had a mental block against these celtics. the lebron led cavs beat the exact same bulls “core” last year. no matter how “different” they are that still stands. Lebron has no mental block whatsoever against the bulls. Wade doesn’t either. hell… bosh doesn’t either. carlos boozer is hardly even a player. heat 2&1/2 man team? bill simmons for the loss. Lebron is deng+bogans and wade is booz+noah so that makes them a 4 & 1/2 man team if u think about it. LOL. nonsense aside, the bulls aint gonna be as tough as the celtics. the celtics had the mental advantage. i dont know why people still dont get that.

  • http://www.scout.com zoom

    I have to agree with meloman, it was a little pathetic seeing Bron cry over a 2nd round win. Brilliant 4th quarter play by him, but that was a little weird. It’s not even a conference final. That having been said, I really don’t see a serious challenger in the East for them. Sorry but I just don’t believe the Bulls regular season success against them will translate in anyway with the way Miami has been playing. Hate to say it but I underestimated the Superfriend’s. The Bulls don’t stand a chance.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I’ve got things to do today. Hold it down, E… They’re going to be coming for you today. And the Bulls just picked up a whole bunch of new fans, er, bandwagoners. Not sure how I feel about that, sigh. *gracefully bows out*

  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown

    @Myung: I’m from Memphis and I’ve been a Grizz fan since J Will, Brian Cardinal (Who?), Battier, The Original Gasol, and even Lorenzen Wright (R.I.P.). Even though it’s hard to say that after last night. The Grizz have set the city on fire and we love them, win or lose in Game 6. We’ve been playing like this all year, y’all are just now noticing, though. Shout out to Z-Bo and Gasol The Sequel.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I am not Bryan Crawford! SLAM GIVE ME MY IDENTITY BACK!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Eboy, first of all I’m 19. I doubt the fact that you’ve read all of my posts and if you did, you wouldn’t say some dumb sh*t like you just did, because I don’t know how many times I’ve said Rose could be more effecient or pointed out his flaws, yes I’m a huge fan of his and the Bulls, but I’m not blind either, but again you’re the one proclaiming the Heat will dominate the Bulls, are you serious? You think Drose is not on the same level Dwade is, and then you have the nerve to call me stupid and say I’m making sh*t up. Get out here, I might be young but I’m starting to wonder if you need to blow some of that dust of your brain and wipe you’re Heatles shades and realize the Bulls aren’t Philly or the ‘older not as good’ Celtics from 3 years ago. The basketball world will be watching indeed.

  • Sparker

    i wouldn’t write off the bulls, fellas. for one thing, that whole “wear ‘em down” thing will not work against them. they’re as young and springy as the heat. noah has always stood up to lebron too. that’ll help the whole team. if miami (or more specifically, lebron and d-wade) play like they have been playing, it’s highly unlikely anyone will beat them. but if they let up and start thinking they’ve already won something, the bulls’ll be all over them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    2nd of all, let me cry wolf. By now, you should be pretty comfortable around tears, seeing how you’re Heatles cried after the BUllS beat em and LeBron was crying after a 2nd round victory.

  • Mike From Spain

    I really think that the Heat are much scarier now than I thought they were during the regular season. As long as the Bulls bigs get the edge in rebounding and maintain their usual defensive effectiveness, they might stand a chance. I just don’t think you can stop Wade and Bron on one on one defense, and I don’t think you need special measures to stop Bosh. Maybe Heat in 6, with the first few games being heated battles (no pun intended)

  • grenners

    Lebron only cried because his media people told him too. Something to do with the redemptive narrative….

  • http://bulls.com airs

    congrats to the heat, lebron straight beasted on em in the fourth, that was awesome.
    as far as the bulls v. heat matchup, we still have the hawks to beat, and yeah i fully expect them to tonight.
    But BC is right, people expect the bulls to be blowing teams out of the water right now, saying they’re “underachieving” because they’re having so much “trouble” beating these “easy” teams just because they’re the number one seed. that was a lot of quotation marks.
    truth is, bulls DO win ugly, its pretty much been their calling card and most of those 62 wins have been grind it out games, including against the Heat and any other upper echelon team.
    to write them off because of them winning and being up 3 to 2 the way that they are, seems ridiculous to me.
    but i can’t wait for a heat bulls match up, its gonna be a bloodbath

  • cuseburg

    Crying? I thought he was praying or thanking god or something

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    If the Thunder and Bulls advance, every possible Finals outcome is going to be great. Not hating on Memphis, because it would be really cool to see them go far in the playoffs but as far as matchups go, I’d take KD-Dirk over Zach-Dirk. I love Z-Bo, but Durant is still the bigger star and Russ westbrook is great as well. KD has always said he looked up to Dirk and modeled his game (somewhat) after him.

  • Mvp23100

    Cats talk about the celebration to take away from a excellent game played by Miami for Lebron this was like when Mike beat the bad boy pistons now that he’s got over that mental hurdle it’s a wrap for a few years glad to see uncle Kev fishing and why are we saying the Celts are washed up those regular season wins had everybody predicting they’d when the series and you Bulls fans are scared to death right now you know realistically who’s coming out the east

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @mvp23100, If I HAD to put my money on one team IF the bulls advance, I’d put it on Miami, but dudes like you thinking ‘it’s a wrap’ and White hot eboy expecting ‘domination’. That’s ridiculous.

  • A.

    Compared to the way the WORLD would have celebrated had the Heat lost this series in 5 games, I say the celebration last night was just. With all the scrutiny and pressure they’ve been under, especially when it came to the Celtics, how is it possible for people to be like “It’s only the second round!!” This was not just ANY second round series, not for both teams even though the Celtics won’t admit it. I bet you that the Spurs, Lakers and Celtics would rather be celebrating “excessively” today instead of rounding up their fishing gear.

  • Riggs

    congrats to the heat now i can enjoy the playoffs since im not rooting for any of the teams.

  • the truth

    eboy clowns on u fools

  • http://bulls.com airs

    neither bulls nor their fans are scared of any other team. why would they be, that’s stupid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jahmai….you must be used to having things put in your mouth ’cause you sure like to try and do that sh*t, little boy. I’m going to be like the homie BC and say “fu*k it, I’m done with your dumb a*s”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And please, don’t be afraid (who said that dumb sh*t….oh most of you about the Heat getting stomped by the Celtics)…just be ready so you don’t pout and make up excuses when the dealin’s done.

  • Mvp23100

    @Jahmai
    It’s not gonna be a walk in the park but the Heat are playing at a high level on both sides of the floor Bulls can’t stop or slow down Wade or Bron right now if the Celts can’t Rose isn’t efficient enough to carry them past The 3 headed monster plus Dwade want to show y’all who really run the Chi

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    Jahmai stop being butthurt..one man shows+defense rarely work in the playoffs…it won’t be easy but the heat will take them.

  • logues

    russell westbrook is so out of control sometimes is ridiculous. dude is tryin to do way too much at times. if he settled down and didnt try to be the man and take stupid out of control shots all the time the thunder would be better

  • http://bulls.com airs

    if we’re talking about who “runs the CHI” right now, its drose. as much as i love the dude, dwade’s not even technically from chicago, its Robbins, i know its close but im just sayin!
    but you might be right, at this point, lebron and wade are going off. but i’ll never discount the number one defense in the entire league, and neither should the Heat.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Datkid

    That last comment by bye-bye was me.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    This is datkid btw…that last comment was me

  • logues

    Eboy: whats ur thoughts on dwades bi+ch move that resulted in rondo being hurt and making a big difference in the series? the last two games he wasnt even hardly playing the 4th quarter cause he was hurting them on both ends of the floor, and hes arguably their best overall player

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    oh. you’re over here, E. I was looking for you on the Lebron apologizes post. Carry on…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    logues…..I mean, c’mon. Dwyane has been called alot of things in his career…..but dirty? Seriously? I’m sure dragging down Rondo with him was what he was wanting to do at that moment….but to think he had it pre-plotted that he was going to dislocate the dude’s elbow or hurt him with any severity in any way is just ridiculous.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Congrats to the Heatles. They played a great series and has to be considered the favs to win the ring now, surprising a lot of people (me included) along the way. As much as I want Chi to win in an eventual ECF, it is just not happening. I think Hawks will take them to 7, Chi will prevail and the Heat will beat Chi 4-1 before going on to face Dallas. If the Dallas keeps up the hot shooting, Dirk continues his excellent form and the keep playing like a team they have a chance even though they will have a lot of trouble matchin up with Wade & James.

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

    Alright, I’ma make some quick points regarding the likely (sorry, Myung) Bulls/Heat ECF before I have to take my a** to work.
    There were three ongoing trends throughout the regular season for the Bulls.
    First was how they rarely won in convincing fashion. Most wins were hard and ugly, but they won, a lot.
    The second was how they had a horrible habit of playing down to the level of their competition. They lost to several teams that didn’t make the playoffs at all.
    The third was how they absolutely played their best when playing against the best. Especially after the first two months of the season. From January on, not a single team that went on to win 50+ games beat the Bulls. None. Bulls were 10-0 in those games.
    Now, so far two of the three trends have continued in the playoffs. The Bulls are winning ugly, and as was seen in the Indiana series and yes even the Atlanta series (Bulls won 18 more games than the Hawks) they are still playing down to the level of their competition.
    Now who’s to say that third trend won’t continue? Perhaps not their dominance, I’m certainly not saying the Bulls will sweep the Heat, but the fact that the Bulls play much, much better against the elite.
    In other words, all y’all saying the Heat will easily beat the Bulls and it’s a done deal – nah.
    Also, Wade don’t run sh*t in the Chi. Chicago loves him and all that, but basketball-wise he ain’t done sh*t in Chicago, even in high school.
    Now, y’all can say he runs Milwaukee if you want, considering his dominance at Marquette. But the Chi? Once again – nah.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I skipped straight to the 4th quarter of Miami/Boston. Bron was an absolute monster down the stretch of games 4/5. People are writing off Dallas too quickly when saying that the Bulls are Miami’s only real challenge. The Mavs beat up on Miami in the RS. I think that would be a great series. Personally I have no problems with the celebrations. They seemed real. This series was obviously more than an average WCSF to the Heat.

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

    Also how in the fluck was Boston Miami’s toughest obstacle in the East?
    When Chicago went 5-2 against both of them, and 3-0 against Miami specifically?
    When Chicago was the team that literally drove some Miami players to tears this year?
    When Chicago has the best record, MVP and Coach of the Year?
    Once again, Chicago gets no love.
    It’s all good, the two lone elite squads just battled it out in the second round so it’s a done deal, right?
    F*ck outta here.
    And if I’m sounding “butt-hurt” or whatever, it ain’t like that, I just didn’t get much sleep and I’m tired as a motherflucker, so f*ck you in advance for any I’m “sensitive” or “whiny” comments hurled my way.
    Peace.

  • JTaylor21

    What’s with all the talk of MIA celebrating like they won a chip? I saw none of that, it just looked like a celebration because all those cameras and reporters around them. I didn’t see anyone jump on top of a table and there were no fans on the court . So all the made up celebration talk is obviously coming from the haters and all those clowns that swore MIA wouldn’t make it past the second round.

  • 1982

    Heat, Chicago (Probably), Dallas, and the Thunder (Probably). Just enjoy it for what it is – a new era. I thought Bron was praying too. A few people are making fun of him, but I assume he got down on his knee, said “thanks, now please help us with Chicago.” Conference finals are about to be insane.

  • logues

    i agree that dwade isnt a dirty player, but that was a punk move, and the fact is it did result in an injury, and lets be honest that changed the series outcome. boston had both last 2 games in their hands, and with rondo 100% atleast one of those games woulda went to the celtics. im just tryin to defend the celtics here cuz this series could easily be 3-2 heat or even 3-2 celtics if it wasnt for rondo

  • http://www.scout.com zoom

    Since when is it cool for grown men to use the term “butt-hurt”? Can we kill that please?

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Every series has those “what if’s”. If Kobe makes that GW in GM1, maybe the Lakers beat Dallas. If NY are healthy, maybe Boston doesn’t make it to round 2.
    Right now, the two best teams in basketball are Miami and Dallas, but there is still a lot of ball to be played.

  • DNz15′s

    Congrats to Miami Heat on making it to the ECF.. I’m sure its gonna be a really fun series with the Bulls… can’t wait!

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

    Another decisive conquest AND victory for The King and his men. The plundering shall continue as The “Kingsmen” approach their destiny.
    The mighty Celtics passed the torch last night. That, my fellow sheep, was the root of the raw and uncut emotion. Only kings can celebrate after second round advances…
    Only kings can needlessly apologize to Cleveland fans, and get away with it.
    We witnessed greatness last night. We witnessed The King “exercise his clutch demons”. We witnessed him re-discover his killer instinct.
    LONG… LIVE… THE KING.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Eboy, ‘I’m do with you’, aka you punked out. @DatKid, are you Eboy’s messenger or something because Eboy just said the same damn thing to me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    What’s up with people calling eachother butthurt? If any of my responses looked like I was butthurt, pretty much every guy on this board has had that problem some day.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Zoom, sorry, saw your post a little late. You just said it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    *I’m done with you, btw.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    lol, Philo’s rants are fitting for once!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @Rigo, in Eboy’s world you’re now dumb and making sh*t up, just because you said people that write the Bulls off are wrong and you think they can play with ‘em.

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

    Thinking of a poem, AllBall. lol

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Thanks for throwing us all under the bus Jahmai. Just kiddin.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    jahmai,- let it go, bro haha let eboy bask.
    and personally, i am a fan of philo’s rants. they’re about on par as some of bill walton’s gems, and i mean this as a compliment.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics Byebye

    First of all..Lebron and co. Celebrated bc they had beaten the team that had bounced them from the playoffs for 3 straight years…2nd I didn’t see that it wS that big..of a celebration..nobody poured Gatorade on the coach, no fans on the floor..Smmfh. And rigo your my homie and all but do you really think chi can take miami? Once again all those rs loses couldn’t really gone either way…and let’s be real the playoffs are a diff. Animal

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Dammit slam! That last comment by byebye was me! Again

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Jahmai..nah I’m just a guy who thinks you should relax.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    @DatKid, then just say I should relax, calling someone butthurt, isn’t the way to calm people down.

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

    I don’t comment much, but I read most of the comments everyday and I’m always surprised by the amount of assinine that haters can pour, no matter the situation.
    I’m a C’s fan, and I’m very sad we lost ystday. But despite that, I can understand why Lebron (and the rest of the Heat and their fans) were emotional and celebrating yesterday. After the tough losses the previous years and all he (they) wennt trough this year : “The Decision” and the (media) backlash; loosing the 1st game of the season agaisnt The C’s (and then the following 2 against the C’s); the loosing record against winning teams, the 1-19 shooting % in the last minute of games; the “the Heat can’t close games” comments; etc. etc.
    To come out like this and beat those same C’s in such a convincing fashion… if you’r human and unbiaised, you can understand why the guy is emotional… If not, you’r just a sorry a$s hater…
    And 4 my C’s, what’s next dear Danny Ainge??? Mr shubby gambler.

  • dsleepy

    let’s go bulls

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    All this Miami is a shoe-in to the finals stuff is out of hand. I haven’t read any comments yet so if i’m repeating someone I apologize. ANd I know I have Miami as the team going to the finals too, but i’m not just going to anoint them eastern conference champions, they still have to deal with Chicago or Atlanta, and if it’s Chicago I would be willing to bet it goes 6 or 7 games just because of how hard Chicago plays, and that they play to the level of their competition, most the time.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That’s what I’m saying Fresh Prince.
    I gotta question your appreciation of basketball as a sport outside of any sort of individual biases if you couldn’t see something important in that whole event.
    Dude could have handled a lot of things different, but I actually was impressed with how he handled last night. No gloating, just honest reflection. At least that’s what it looked like to me.

  • the nerve

    man fuk lebron yall nickas acting like d*(kriders PHILO!

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

    @nerve:
    You know you think I’m cool.

  • Bruno

    fresh prince said it all

  • add

    time to get some fresh faces in the finals

  • the nerve

    philo: u kool. funny as hell how u threw jukai off the stage like krs 1 threw pm dawn off stage. dat n!gga dont come round here no more lololo

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Can OKC finish off Memphis already? All this resting is killing the Mavs rhythm (helping assorted sore joints/Ligaments & tuffjuices though.)
    Huge series win for Miami, Heat are looking very hard to beat indeed, congrats to Eboy are in order.

  • T-Money

    1- Apparently people can’t be TOO happy about winning anymore. 2- Haters are acting like the Miami Heat themselves are overlooking the next round. 3- Writers and analysts don’t have a lot of material for on-court stuff right now as the Heat are playing well. So they talk about fans showing up late or excessive celebration.

  • T-Money

    Oh, and cool stuff happens when the two best players in the world are on the same team.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    That last statement is true.
    Wade flat out dominates in the first half, shooting 9-12 and scoring 22 points, and then LeBron ends the Celtics’ season on a solo 10-0 run.
    That is entertaining basketball. Why else do you watch?

  • http://bulls.com airs

    t-money, you just figure that out now?
    winning ain’t good enough man, especially if your FG%, PER and efficiency is low. ha.
    and i don’t think the haters are acting like the heat are overlooking the next round, they’re hating that a lot of the fans are overlooking the next round.

  • MUBWAR

    Is it my bday cause the c’s and lake show went fishin while the heat n thunder r still playin

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    airs, no one has won anything yet. You know that right? Seriously now, why would winning against Indiana and Atlanta be good enough?
    For Bron and Wade, anything but a title is not going to be good enough to the critics.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I wonder if AL Horford will show up tonight….

  • http://bulls.com airs

    like i stated before, bulls just making to the ECF would be a success, and why wouldn’t the fans be happy that their team is winning, even if it is only this far?
    the bulls shattered the ceiling most people put on them just by winning the central division, with only one loss to a division opponent. all the accolades and success this season have been surprises to everyone, even bulls fans.
    so yes, im happy the bulls are winning, and i’ll be even happier if they win tonight.
    of course for bron and wade winning a title isn’t good enough, bron’s been trying to and been expected to for 8 years, dwade has been there and wants to be there again.
    so for a young team with their leader being a 3rd year MVP, yeah beating IND and ATL this season is good enough.
    everything else would be gravy

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Noah defends Horford great.

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

    Jahmai – nah Eboy’s my dude. Even if he does think I’m dumb it’s nothing new, but it’s all love.
    Even as a shorty I hated the word “butt-hurt”. That’s why I put it in quotes, cause it’s not a word I would use.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Generalization’s are for pussies.

  • JTaylor21

    I find it funny that no one is saying a word about the way PP, KG, and Rondo acted like spoiled brats and walked off the court without shaking hands with heat players. I gotta give props to Doc and Ray for doing the opposite and we all know that if it was Bron and Wade that did the same thing after losing to BOS, the media and fans would be ready to burn them at the stake but the celtics did it and not a single word.
    Talk about a double standard.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Eboy did you really claim the Heat would just walk through the bulls or whatever Jahmei is trying to say? I don’t remember that, I know you said Miami would win but I don’t ever remember you saying Chicago couldn’t compete?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Who cares if they did or didn’t shake anyone’s hand. you as the resident LeBron fanboy should know he did the same thing

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And if you want to know my opinion about the Heat’s “celebration” last night, it either means that they, as a team, and Wade and Bron as the leaders,are either truly relieved and now will be loose and not worried about perception ’cause they just put a demon in the ground. That can lead to the continued excellence they have displayed over the last month and trouble for any of the 4 teams left in the playoffs. OR…..they’re so overjoyed that they go into Chicago thinking they’ll roll over the Bulls with little resistance and the Bulls come through and stop their party. You can TRUST me that’s not the case. Lebron and Dwyane have a healthy grudge towards Rose (this is off the record sh*t I’ve heard) and they are looking forward to showing the “hating” press just how “below” they are in value compared to Mr. Rose. I fully expect another great series….but somebody’s legacy is about to come to fruition.

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

    Eboy, you make some vaugue a** comments from time to time…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Of course I didn’t, nbk. I did say I have confidence in my team, but for someone to make up some sh*t like I said the Heat would sweep them or something like that shows the idiocy of some of our commenting ilk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You know, it really f*cking sucks that the NBA made each game of the ECF an 8:30p start time. Fu*king Stern.

  • Hurricane

    IF LEBRON GETS HIS 1ST RING TO KOBE’S 5, THAT WILL PUT HIM HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE KOBE IN THE G.O.A.T. DEBATE

  • http://bulls.com airs

    7:30 for us, E. HA

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

    Last night, right after Miami won, Eboy said of the Bulls/Heat ECF that it would be “potentially epic”.
    He knows it’s gonna be a good-a** series.
    8:30 is 4:30 my time…wish it was at 5:30 my time so I could almost get home in the 1st quarter.
    Fu*king Stern.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ok I was about to say what kind of gin were you drinkin that day. — Matic EVERYONE makes vague comments don’t they? isn’t that how a lot of people here get their opinions out and avoid conflict at the same time?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Or…I just wrote at 1:39p “I fully expect another great series”…..you know….’cause I’m predicting a blowout.

  • JTaylor21

    Oh, now I’m the resident fan boy huh? Looks like someone forgot to take their morning after pill.
    Don’t be mad at me, be mad at the cat that took your manhood.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Jtaylor, be real. Bron did the same thing last year, and it is safe to assume you defended him through that.

  • RobbieJay

    imagine lebrons actions if they make the finals…

  • feez22

    I mean… why can’t lebron take a knee and reminisce? This is the same celtics franchise that beat his cavs in 7 even with lebron scoring 45 (media said lebron choked that series specifically when he bypassed the 3, went into the lane, was fouled (no call) and missed a layup), beat his cavs in 6 with people proclaiming lebron “quitness” because of that pathetic game 5 (even though mo williams was a scrub and antawn jamison played MUCH WORSE v. the celts than what booz has done these playoffs which is saying something), bolted to miami with ridicule from every single outlet in america (Internationally as well) and came full circle to the celts team that started it all. HE dealt the FINAL BLOW to the celts which may blow up that team. retribution. Why not celebrate that? The celtics are the 1 team that have truly denied lebron time and time again. The pistons denied lebron i believe 2 times but he overcame. clearly these celtics were not to be overcome alone. He did it with friends. Teammates. Dealt the finishing blow against his true RIVAL. now think about that. would you not celebrate & reminisce? He is HUMAN. he is not MJ. i hate when people use “well mj didn’t celebrate like that when he beat detroit”… WELL LEBRON IS NOT MJ. some people need to get that into their heads for once. Sometimes you need to revel in the moment. That gets lost in the shuffle. Clearly in his postgame he said its time to get ready for the next opponent and that will happen. BTW, yes the bulls are a great team. Even though people now OVERRATE the PACERS and Hawks bc they can keep it close, the bulls are good. However lebron clearly plays better v. deng compared to v. pierce. We have past reference on this. Lebron went for 30ppg last yr against the bulls in the playoffs on 50% shooting from the 3 and the field. he has no mental block against the bulls. this game is more “mental” than people think. If some of you bulls fans think deng will shut down or even derail lebron/bogans will derail wade you are sadly mistaken. I look for this series to go to 6 games. & yes i think the heat will win. The bulls are good. but is rose really going to up his play against the best defense in the playoffs? ya i said it… the heat are the best defense in the playoffs. not the bulls.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Taylor you have been the resident fanboy all season. nothing new. And i don’t need a morning after pill, i just kick your mom in the stomach.

  • JTaylor21

    AllBall, I’m not criticizing the celts for walking off the court without shaking hands, I don’t have a problem with players refusing to shake hands after a heartbreaking loss. I’m talking about the same media and fans that were up in arms when Bron did the same thing not mentioning a word about PP/Rondo/KG’s actions. That’s why I said talk about a double standard.
    (Reading is fundamental)

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    My bad.

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

    @JT 1:37, they did exit quickly but I remember seeing KG shaking Bosh’s hand before the end of the game…

  • JTaylor21

    “I just kick your mom in the stomach” Word? That’s it? You went back and dug in that vast brain of yours and that’s the best you could come up with?
    Another sign that the public school system is failing our children.

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

    Sooper, you’re wrong for bringing dude’s moms into it.
    And so soon after Mother’s Day too.
    And from someone who brings up his own mom ocassionaly and has a good relationship with her, seemingly.
    Damn, that ain’t right.
    Just my opinion tho.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    right because your morning after pill line was a stroke of genius. who do you think you are? i didn’t insult you by saying your the resident fanboy, that is how your perceived here, like it or not. Your also the resident Kobe and Rose hater. so if you took it as an insult, i’m sorry your so sensitive. if you didn’t and were genuinely trying to make a joke then maybe whatever school system you were involved in failed you completely?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Matic if he is gonna say I lost my manhood, i’m going to say I unloaded it in his mother. If its rude whatever, he asked for it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I see taylor’s point. Shaking.hands is optional but if the media is going to get outraged about sportsmanship they should be consistent.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    plus I was joking. obviously it wasn’t that funny of a joke, but the material he gave me to work off of didn’t leave me many open doors. if kevin hart is here, or anyone gotta better, less offensive comeback, i’m open to it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Unbiased journalism is for pussies.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    nbk with a feisty comeback.

  • http://www.scout.com zoom

    I’m not being a hater by pointing out that it was only the second round. How can one be a hater by pointing out a reality? If a freak accident happened to Wade or Bron and the Bulls managed to beat the Heat in the ECF, wouldn’t it seem a little silly that they got that excited over a second round win? At the end of the day the win over the Celtics only has meaning if they make it to the finals, which I believe they will…And I love how Bulls fans get their panties in a bunch over ppl being confident of the Heat’s ability to convincingly beat their team, yet it’s being overlooked that they are currently 3-2 against the Hawks. That series is STILL in progress. It’s not completely unbelievable that they could lose to the Hawks. It’s ok to overlook the Hawks, but it’s damn near criminal to suggest the Bulls aren’t up there with the Heat? Man, miss me with bs.

  • T-Money

    I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD: Bron doesn’t hug Delonte like that if the rumors are true. Can we put this silly rumor away now? Kthxbye.

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

    If a freak accident happened to Wade or Bron and the Bulls managed to beat the Heat in the ECF, wouldn’t it seem a little silly that they got that excited over a second round win?
    LMAO if the Bulls beat the Heat, I’ma start calling Rose “Freak Accident”.
    “Miss me with bs”. Nah, what you missed was my whole f*ckin’ point in my first comment.

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, it’s all good. I don’t take it personally what the “resident” e-thug says about me, I know he’s just living out his dream of being a tough guy online. Losing one’s manhood will do that to you.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    “Freak Accident” would be a cool nickname. I’m gonna hold you to that Rigo.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LMAO! play the victim like you aren’t the first person to throw out insults.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    And if BC spreads that name through out the Madhouse and beyond, you can be the guy who invented Rose nick name.

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

    Remind me if the Bulls pull it out, AllBall.

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, how do you see the potential Bulls vs Heat ECF matchup going? To me it comes down to Booz vs CB1. If anyone of those guys play up to their potential throughout the series that gives the edge to their respective teams. I know Thibs would probably have Noah checking CB1 and hopefully Spo puts Joel on Booz, so I could see that swaying the series either way. It’s being proven that when CB

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, how do you see the potential Bulls vs Heat ECF matchup going? To me it comes down to Booz vs CB1. If anyone of those guys play up to their potential throughout the series that gives the edge to their respective teams. I know Thibs would probably have Noah checking CB1 and hopefully Spo puts Joel on Booz, so I could see that swaying the series either way. It’s being proven that CB is the key to MIA’s success in that when he plays well, MIA is tough to beat and when he struggles, they tend to lose.
    Either way I can’t wait because it’s going to be an epic battle and hopefully the Bulls have finish off the Hawks tonight, so the series can start on sunday.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Yo the new Slam stats page is legit. This will take the place of a couple websites for me. good ish

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The teams with the largest rebound margins in the playoffs are the teams that will be in the CF. Chicago, Miami, OKC, Dallas. telling stat? or coincidence?

  • http://www.scout.com zoom

    Rigo, your first post was pretty much a typical “look what they did in the regular season” rant. My opinions are based off of what I’ve seen this postseason, and I’m not sold on the Bulls’ ability to be successful against the Heat. Get over it.

  • Fat Lever

    If Lebron is feeling so introspective, I’d like to know what happened last year in the Boston series. I’m not saying that as hate, I really want to know WTF happened.

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

    Um, OK.
    Get over what, zoom?
    Get over you not being sold on the Bulls’ ability to be successful against the Heat?
    Sure.
    Didn’t realize I gave a f*ck in the first place.
    JTaylor – that’s crazy, but I just told my dude here at work, who is like the only other NBA fan here, the same thing about it possibly coming down to Booz/Bosh.
    Ain’t no one stopping Rose, Wade and James except themselves.
    Bosh played like sh*t in his 1/18 game, but then came back and embarrased the hell out of popcorn muscles.
    I think if the Bulls can keep Bosh in check, and Deng and Boozer both play consistently offensively, I like our chances.

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

    Zoom – To be clear, 99.9% of the time, you’re not going to convince someone else on here that you’re right and they’re wrong.
    But I love a good debate from time to time and I’ll always stand up for my squad.
    So that’s what I do.
    You can call it what you want, I call it being a fan.
    Trust me, someone else’s opinion of either me or my team won’t keep me up at night.

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

    You really are underestimating the Bulls.
    FOR REAL for real tho…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And everyone else is underrating the Heat. Especially the Bulls cronies. Stop it.

  • ClydeSays

    Congrats to the Heat & their fans. Miami looked truly dominant for a good chunk of the series. As for my Celtics, health was a definitely a factor, but even more so was the lack of cohesiveness after the mid-season trade. Hopefully, Ainge can hang to Green & fill in the gaps in the off-season. Their dominant run might be over, but I see the C’s putting in another 50+ win season and hopefully a deep playoff run…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I really don’t think Kendrick Perkins would have changed a thing. Garnett is a shell of his former self. And he made Perkins look really really good, when really he’s just a big body.

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

    Who’s underrating the Heat?
    C’mon now!
    Everybody else is crowning them the champs!
    You stop it!

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

    And notice most Bulls fans on here are saying “if” we get past the Heat, not “when”, unlike Heat fans who are so damn confident they’re already thinking about the finals.

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

    It’s Keith Bogans’ birthday today.
    He’s going off tonight.
    Might even score 10!

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

    “if” the Bulls get past the *Hawks ;)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Daddy Yankee….you must have me f*cked up with someone else….but it’s all good, close out tonight so we can start seeing sh*t happen on Sunday.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Daddy Yankee is my favourite one yet.

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

    Daddy Yankee was the lamest yet.
    When are you gonna get to actual Mexicans and Mexican-Americans?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m making my way around the entire South/Central American regions.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Personally I liked riggy Martin

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

    When are you gonna get to Tupac Amaru?
    He was a bad motherf*cker, and you know a dope rapper was named after him too.

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

    “Riggy” was actually what some of my boys used to call me. ha

  • http://www.scout.com zoom

    C’mon Rigo, you can’t say you don’t give a f*ck if you address pretty much every comment concerning someone’s lack of confidence in the Bulls. Yes, it is possible that I’m underestimating them. Anything’s possible but it’s unlikely they’ll beat the Heat. And I know you weren’t talking to me when you commented on Heat fans already crowing the Heat champs(you know Ikm far from a Heat fan), but just to be clear I never said they’d win it all. I’m just pretty sure they’ll make the finals. FTR, I’m rooting for whichever team makes it out the west. I’d like to see the Hawks make it but that’s almost as unlikely as the Bulls beating the Heat imo.

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

    Zoom – nah, I wasn’t talking about you in regards to people crowning the Heat.
    But seriously, if I address every negative comment towards the Bulls, I’d never be able to get off Slam.
    I don’t try to play the role of Bulls-defender.
    It just kind of happens that way.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    As recently as the last month of the season Matic said “I personally don’t have Miami losing to Chicago but the closer we get to the playoffs the stronger my bias becomes” — Something like that, you remember that Rig? And the Bulls better hope Atlanta isn’t shooting lights out tonight.

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

    Damn, so the nbk/Jtaylor beef is done for the day?
    Dissapointing.

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

    Nope, don’t remember that.
    I do remember saying just a few days ago that if I put my “realist” hat on, I think the Heat will beat the Bulls in a seven-game series though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You had to come in and tell me i hit him below the belt. He felt righteous after that and tried to pull out the victim card, in the same comment as another insult. What’s the point of going back at him when he’s too thick headed to even catch onto his own contradictory nature?

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

    You know how I feel about bringing family into this internet nonsense. But like I said, to each their own.
    And I’m mainly instigating at this point, but I’m mad bored at work and was hoping to see some more verbal insults being hurled back and forth.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol I don’t like bringing family into it either. But if he gonna say I lost my manhood where do I go from there? Just take it in the face? not my style. if i’m being needlessly insulted for the umteenth day in a row from that tool then i’ma needlessly insult him right back. I am not offended or upset by anything anybody says here, if its a racial slur or uncalled for flame i’ll lose respect for that commenter other then that ima serve out the same sh*t that gets thrown at me.

  • Bruno

    who’s calling up south american region or talking about Tupac Amaru??

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

    I brought up Tupac Amaru. Why? What’s up?

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

    Soop, didn’t you say Post Up would be poppin’ today?!
    Liar…

  • Bruno

    cause if you say Tupac Amaru half the people here associate that with 2pac and I don’t think more than 10 people here know who really is him … so hearing first south america and then someone where I’m from, that doesnt happen too often around here

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No I didn’t. But someone did, I remember that. I said yesterday’s wasn’t popping cuz no high profile team lost, and nothing polarizing happened. Today something polarizing did happen, but it was the one person/team nobody wants to talk about lol

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

    Bruno – Ahhh, gotcha.
    So you’re Peruvian?
    When I speak on Tupac Amaru, I should specify I’m referring to Tupac Amaru II, who led the rebellion in the late 1700′s.
    It’s quite a story, without a happy ending for him and his family, unfortunately.
    Sooper – so what’s your prediction for tomorrow?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    well I predict a lot of Derrick Rose talk. I can’t predict who will win the game, as it depends on how Atlanta shoots (like always). I can see a heavy amount of Rose defending and bashing going on, I say 160-180 comments.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    what you think its gonna be like? I actually wanna up my prediction to 220 comments, i didn’t realize today got to 180

  • http://www.scout.com zoom

    I feel you Rigo. I can’t trip because that’s how I feel about my Knicks. That’s the life of a fan my dude.

  • JTaylor21

    Pendejo!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Did y’all know that KG didn’t speak to the media after the game?
    I’m disappointed in Big Homie.

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

    Word, Zoom.
    Soop – I’ma say… 150. People seem to not comment as much on Fridays.
    200 if Rose has a bad shooting night.
    300 if AllenP and Bryan Crawford get into it.
    400 if someone says Rose is the best point guard in the NBA.

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

    Quien, JTaylor?

  • http://www.scout.com zoom

    Also, I don’t know if I ever mentioned this but Taj Gibson is from my neighborhood (Fort Greene), so it’s the Knick fan in me that accounts for .9% of my views toward your squad. He literally grew up four blocks from my house, and any other time I’d be rooting like hell for a team with a hometown kid who came up that close. There are just certain NBA rivalries that usurp even that connection :-D .

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    See if Chicago wins I think it may blow up in here. We might get one of those 320-400 comment days where its just a bloodwar. And if someone gets frustrated early, and someone manages to keep it civil then it could get crazy. But the Friday part of it is there. I’ll be late tomorrow as my sister is graduating. so i hope the topic isn’t to intelligent, i hate to miss an intelligent conversation.

  • Myung

    Why are Bulls fans getting so upset that people on the Internet are harmlessly saying the Heat are going to beat them? Welcome to my world as a Hawks fan. We were supposed to be a 6th or 7th seed. Orlando was going to kill us in Round 1. Then Chicago (remember, we were given no shot because we lost Hinrich for the series). It’s just harmless Internet talk. And even if the so called “experts” pick the Heat, who cares? Again, the coaches and players could care less what I say or what Jalen Rose says or what Chuck says or what eboy says. The games are played on the court. You guys (Bulls fans) need to just keep reppin’ your team and brush off all the “Heat are going to roll over Chicago” talk (including my prediction that Miami has already won the title). If I re-posted everything you guys wrote about how ORL was going to manhandle ATL or how Chicago was going to sweep us or have it go five games max, I’d have a field day. But I won’t do that because again, it’s just harmless Internet talk. Why does it matter what people (like me) say about your favorite team? You guys know how good your team is. Don’t let it get to you. At least you guys didn’t have to deal with it until the ECF. I’ve had to deal with it for 3 weeks now. It ain’t a thing.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    bulls win imma be straight IGNANT in here.
    so no worries nbk

  • JTaylor21

    Rigo, tu! Nah just breaking your balls, pause!

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

    F*CK the Spanish conquistadors.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    NO MYUNG THIS SH*T IS SERIOUS.

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

    Much love to Hispanics/Latinos though.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    haha i’m countin on you airs

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

    Ha ha @ airs.
    Nah, like I said, soon as I leave SLAMOnline whatever’s said on here doesn’t go with me, so I’m really not getting upset.
    It’s just my SLAM character.
    “Rigo Gonzalez” is just a character.
    When I leave here, I’m…oh, wait…

  • Bruno

    jtaylor and his google translator love

  • Myung

    lol, airs

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

    @Teddy – To this day my wife, who is white, doesn’t understand why I hate Spaniards so much.
    @JTaylor – man, you missed a golden opportunity! That ish woulda been hella funny if you wrote “Nah just breaking your balls, pause!” in spanish

  • mjNotkobe

    Hispanic is a dirty word where I’m from.

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

    lmao at the beefin a Miami Heat win causes on Slamonline. I dont like the Heat but i gotta give it up to them, they blew the Celtics ass out the water. I didnt think the could do so easily but they dominated so congrats to them, I look forward to the ECF. The big question is where do the celtics go from here, cause they old ass squad aint winning sh*t no more IMO.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Eboy is such a pest

  • paul

    I don’t think the Heat will get past Chicago. The Celtics played bad basketball.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Ready thy calvary, brethren!
    Miami.
    Chi-Town.
    Classic confrontation awaits the masses!

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

    I am predicting a slamonline meltdown some time during the ECF series. The post up will surely run red with the blood of Bulls and Heat fans alike.

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

    @ mjNotkobe: Really? Where you from?

  • giogolo

    THE HEAT JUST GOT F*CKED IN GM! ECF!! HAHHAHA!

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