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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 am  |  136 responses

Post Up: Pump Up the Volume

Chris Bosh leads way as Heat take Game 3.

Miami 96, Chicago 85

For the second consecutive game the Miami Heat have seemingly imposed their will on the Chicago Bulls. The Heat’s speed on the defensive side of the ball, the fact that they switch everything and the success that they’ve had in keeping Derrick Rose out of the lane has given them a 2-1 series lead, winning Game 3 with a final score of 95-86, and Chicago’s decisive victory in Game 1 has long since been forgotten given their play over the last two games.

Chris Bosh, the proverbial whipping boy in Miami this season, turned in yet another outstanding game with 34 points; LeBron James chipped in 22 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds; and Dwyane Wade contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds. Udonis Haslem, the hero in Game 2, had another solid outing with 8 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes of play on the floor, but it was the team defense of the Heat that was the most impressive as they forced Chicago into shooting 41 percent from the field as compared to Miami’s blistering 50 percent.

For the Bulls, it was yet another struggle for Derrick Rose. He contributed 20 points on 8-19 shooting and in the fourth quarter he managed to score just 2 points on 2 field goal attempts. Miami’s scheme to keep him out of the lane has worked exceptionally well and Chicago still hasn’t figured out a way to adjust and make the game easier for him.

Carlos Boozer tuned in his best game of the postseason thus far with 26 points and 17 rebounds, but like Rose, Boozer shot just 8-19 from the field and continued to frustrate fans by missing countless layups at the rim for 3-point play opportunities. It’s hard to imagine a player putting up those kinds of numbers and still having virtually no impact on the game, but that was the case for Boozer in Game 3. Joakim Noah, who pulled a Kobe Bryant by making a homophobic slur directed at a fan behind Chicago’s bench after drawing his second foul in the 1st quarter, may have been amped up a little too much as he turned in a very disappointing line with just 1 point and 5 rebounds. He did have 6 assists in the game, but his contributions were sorely needed on the offensive and rebounding ends.

The loss Sunday night is only the second time this season that Chicago has lost back-to-back games. They’ll be looking to earn a split in Game 4 on Tuesday night in an absolute must-win game. Losing and going down 3-1 in the series to these Miami Heat will effectively mean that their season is over. —Byran Crawford (@_BryanCrawford)

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  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    BOSH!!!

  • Niio

    The Bulls never seem to get into any kind of rhythm and Lebron and Bosh brought it tonight. I love watching Lebron as a distributor! He makes the game so easy for his teammates. Bosh made Boozer look old tonight!

  • RobbieJay

    reggie miller should stop commentating all together…”lebron james has just released the kraken”? no. NO.

  • logues

    udonis haslem makes the heat A LOT better imo

  • Bye bye

    Well well well look what we have here where’s my homie rigo
    The bulls won’t win with a shoot first point guard and no shooting guard
    Well I guess rose is both SMH deng needs to learn how to slash more he big enough to do it but he disappears to much

  • Mvp23100

    Bosh dominated the Bulls bigs and Boozer did look like popcorn muscles as eboy calls him tricking those 3 point plays I also peeped when you got athletic people jumping with rose all that graceful pretty sh*t at the bucket stops that was a ugly 20

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    When the player who could have been traded for Melo turns in a 1 point game…well I don’t know a good way to finish that sentence.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Royal

    Hey,Bosh is putting in work I have to give him props for that….. He still is a lame but I have to give respect when respect is due

  • kudos

    Anyone see Lebron flop like a little punk?? As soon as Deng touched him he acted like he got hit by a truck. Game 3 should be called the Miami Heat free throw run, because the whole game the ref’s put the Heat on the line 24/7. The ref’s are unbelievable.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Rose played fine Haters. Nobody else can score and defend on his team besides Deng. That is a huge load to carry. All the other players are one way players. If Ronnie Brewer had a consistent jumper it would be a different series.
    That said, Bosh is showing everybody why most folks had him as the third best free agent last summer and the best big available. If Boozer and Bosh were flip flopped the Bulls would likely win this series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Can’t take a loss like men, huh? One man show….meet the tag team champs. That’s what this series comes down too.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    BCraw, should I start the smack talking now, or wait until the series is over? It’s up to you.

  • dsleepy

    game, set, match.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    If Chicago loses tomorrow night, talk away…

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

    I’m right here, Bye Bye. It’s 6 in the morning here but here I am to prove to you clowns that I don’t disappear when my team loses.
    I seem to recall my beef with you was about you saying the Heat would sweep the Bulls, so I don’t know why you feel so vindicated, when it’s 2-1, not 3-0.
    Eboy, you disappeared after game 1. One comment about burying Wade and you were out.
    So don’t get hypocritical now.
    Anyways, great defense by the Heat. What can I say? They want it more right now.
    Bosh is playing like he’s possessed. P*sses me off. Lol.
    Bulls lose on Tuesday, it is over.
    Now off to work I go…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    It does seem kind of weird that a series that’s only 2-1 already feels like it’s over. I’m very impressed with Miami’s defense, especially on Derrick Rose. Against Boston I felt like they won simply because that team is old, but against a team that is athletically comparable like the Bulls are, what they’re doing on defense is worthy of applause.
    Offensively, it’s like whatever because we all know what Wade, Bron and Bosh are capable of, but damn, this D is just too much. I’m legitimately stunned as I didn’t see this coming at all.

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

    noah disappeared last night, bosh went off.
    the supposed “bench mob” was nowhere to be found and deng had a below average game.
    but who was that dude wearing #5, he played great…well offensively.
    derrick did alright.
    and the heat played GREAT defense.
    but this isn’t even the bulls fan in me talking when i say this, some of those calls were fvcking horrible. superstars get superstar calls and that wasn’t more evident than it was last night.
    if the heat win tomorrow we can call it a wrap, but until then, bulls still have a good chance in this series.

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

    Co-sign BC.
    All season long we Bulls fans have learned to absolutely love the defensive side of the ball.
    We take pride in our team’s defense.
    So after seeing Miami’s defense this series, I’m actually a little jealous.
    Their defense is wonderful.
    If they weren’t playing the Bulls, I would love watching them play on the defensive side of things all game long.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Rigo….you’re incorrect but you’re a Bulls fan, so all’s forgiven. It’s amazing that NOW it’s being said that the Bulls don’t have enough. After Game 1, it sounded as if the Bulls were wearing the jersey’s of the 96 Bulls. GTFOH with that half-witted bull*hit.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    I feel like The heat’s defense has been slept on..but I think it’s really gotten better..rose played fine, but the game’s alot harder for the bulls when he can’t get in the lane..really tho we all knew the bulls had mostly 1 way playrs

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

    i don’t recall any of the bulls fans saying the bulls didn’t have enough to win the series.
    i remember ppl saying something along th lines of the bench and supporting players needing to play up to their potential.
    but never about the bulls not having enough.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    They’re saying it now, airs. That wasn’t the problem after Game 1 when you guys basically said the Bulls were going to deal with the Heat as if they were the Pacers.

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

    E, I can’t speak for anyone else but me.
    But after game one all the sh*t talking that came from me was directed simply at those that predicted sweep.
    I don’t recall acting like the series was over after one game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Maybe sh*t talking after one game isn’t the best strategy then.

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

    In game 1, the “Kingsmen” were hung over from the Boston celebration. Even still, had they rode Bosh through that entire game, it just might be 3-0.
    But, that is neither here or there.
    Bosh is making me look like a smart individual.
    Contrary to what was once popular opinion, Bosh (as I, along with very few others once said he would be) has been the most important player on The King’s team at times.
    Anyways, this is not over by a long shot. We know that. So…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Who is saying that Chicago doesn’t have enough, E?
    Maybe that’s what’s being said in Miami and perhaps being projected onto Bulls fans with the way the last 2 games have played out, but Chicago has more than enough to win the series, it’s just that nobody saw this kind of suffocating defense from Miami coming and so far, Chicago hasn’t been able to adjust to it.
    If anything, Bulls fans are giving Miami credit for the way that they’re playing, but don’t go and start putting words in people’s mouths.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Read….Read…..Read….read your boy Michael Wilbon’s article on ESPN today. Read. I ain’t putting words in mouth’s. I’m reading “expert’s” words.

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

    ha! no michael wilbons here.
    something about that guy i don’t like.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    LIKE A BOOOOSSHHH
    LIKE A BOOSSSHHH!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Michael Wilbon has been gone from Chicago for 30 years!! Now, because this is where he’s from, he’s seen as an expert on the Bulls? Please…
    He only started to come around a lot more when they started winning. Before that, unless it was a big game, you never saw him around here. I like Wilbon, I think he’s a great dude, but he doesn’t speak for ALL of Chicago.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dude’s a “Chicago guy”…whatever the f*ck that means….who berates the Heat at every turn this season and sucked the collective co*ks of the Bulls all season long. Now that they are being exposed for their offensive deficiencies….he claims not having a secondary scoring option is killing their chances of winning this series. How’s that? Why the f*ck did you pay Popcorn Muscles all that money? I thought Luol Deng was going to limit Lebron and maybe play him even, nullifying that perceived Heat advantage. I ain’t making this sh*t up. I’ve read that the says before the season started and heard the same things amplified by 20 after Game 1. Yes, you can expect another war in Game 4….but the Heat haven’t played a GREAT game yet. They’ve played well. The Bulls played great in Game 1. The Heat are due one great game in this series. If it’s Game 4 and the Heat take it….well, I don’t want to hear about the same bullsh*t until next October. Giving credit now to the “Heat’s defense” is like OJ sending flowers to Nicole’s mom 5 years after the murders. It rings hollow.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    ESPN gives a voice to Wilbon as one of the “voices of Chicago”……I disagree with you.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *season-series

  • tRay

    Did anyone notice that spin move Bosh put on Gibson?! Gibson was talking trash then he got owned Bosh simply walked by him and said “GTFOH” lol priceless

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

    E, you’re making it seem like we share the same sentiments as wilbon.
    well, we dont. at least, i dont.

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

    E, so are you saying brian windhorst speaks for all of miami?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I don’t know how Gibson or Bogans think that sh*t talking these cats is going to change how they play the game. It’s also funny how no one talks sh*t to Bron. Just for sh*ts and giggles….couldn’t the Bulls run Rose off of screens and get him the ball on the move instead of letting him run the Lebron/Cavs offense that worked out oh so well for Bron and Mike Brown. Rose’s speed coming off hard cuts would nulify the double team the Heat have employed and while it would take the ball out his hands to START the offense….it may give him a better opportunity to FINISH on the offensive bend.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I don’t even pay attention to the Miami correspondent’s from other cities….they’re all nitwits.

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

    im actually curious to see how a watson/rose backcourt would pan out.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Well, after reading the article, he said that the Bulls lack a secondary “perimeter” scoring option. So let’s make sure we get that clear. Like I said, I think Wilbon is a great guy, but you’re taking that “voice of Chicago” ish a little too far. Speaking as a resident, nobody in Chicago takes Wilbon’s word as gospel, and if it were anybody else from Miami saying this, I wouldn’t be surprised. But I think you know better and you’re just quoting his “doomsday” piece for sh*ts and giggles. Whatever…
    So far, I think Bron and Deng have nullified each other. Bron had a great Game 2, Deng had a great Game 1 and in game 3, they were pretty much even, IMO. Bron didn’t dominate Luol, that’s for sure.
    But get your gloat on… Not gonna hate on you for that, but at least stop being ridiculous.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oh boy, this doesn’t look good for the Mavs, Miami is playing some inspired defense these last two games.
    And yes, it is clear to me that Dallas has not come close to clearing that OKC-hurdle yet, but i can dream, right?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Fine….we’ll see how things pan out tomorrow. That guy that wears #3 for the Heat still hasn’t done sh*t either….so Bosh had a great game, Lebron had a great game….there’s just one dude left for Miami due “his moment” in this series. This is a six game series. Let’s not kid ourselves. D-Rose is going to have to average about 40 for the rest of the series to win it for Chicago. He might be able to pull it off.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I know he’s kinda famous for it, but why does Dwyane insist on taking the most difficult shots known to man?
    sidestep-fadetohisleft-careening out of bounds type shots.
    Is he just bored with a simple move that would be more effective? Challenging himself? Or does he make them normally and this series is just a fluke?
    Dude killed Rose at one point with a simple shot off the glass then proceeded to throw up some of the worst shots this side of the And1 Mixtape tour.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Dark….he’s a character. I don’t get it either….I also expect him to have a monstrous Game 4 in front of the home crowd so….

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The series is only 2-1.
    Yes, Miami has looked awesome the last two games, but if they eff around and lose in Game Four, it’s a brand new series.
    And we all know that Miami can mess around and lose a game they should win, right? It’s not like that’s so far-fetched.
    Personally, I’m just enjoying the awesome basketball being played.
    The Bulls played great defense most of the night, but they just didn’t have enough guns to keep up offensively, and then the foul trouble caught up with them. I didn’t feel like the calls were bogus, although I knew Bulls fans would. Seems like Chicago got a little over excited last night and committed some unnecessary fouls either far away from the basket or on rebounds that were out of reach. And the loss of Asik was pretty big since it negated the Bulls best advantage in the frontcourt.
    Boozer had popcorn stats to accompany his popcorn muscles. Bulls need a big game from Deng, but that’s looking more and more unlikely as LeBron is currently channelling Scottie Pippen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Heat have lost three game in the playoffs Allen….in three series. This isn’t November anymore. Keep waiting though.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Is it just me, or is Wade really sloppy with the ball? He irks me with his nonchalance on his handle. He gets way to many dumb turnovers. If anything, watching Wade and Bron play on the same team has really amplified, for me, the difference in their approach to the game. While Wade probably is more “clutch”, I would prefer having Bron as the best player on my team. He seems to do more and be more detail oriented.

  • tonyknorr

    BC come on man be honest. Look I’m a bulls fan too and I am pulling for them to step up hard but anybody that watched last nights can and should be able to admit that lebron had a far, far greater impact than deng in game 3. Hell even if you just look at the stats bron dominated deng. Yes I said dominated some of brons blocks and assists were huge tone setting plays. plus bron didn’t even have a single turnover, while deng had 3.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Eboy
    Keep waiting for what?
    The Heat look great right now. Awesome even. But it’s only 2-1. Isn’t it a little premature to declare things pretty much “over”?
    I just don’t like that trend this playoffs. A team wins one game and suddenly the entire series as changed. I complained about it the other day with Dallas after Game One. It’s just one game. You have to win four. 2-1 is not a big deal if Chicago snatches Game Four, right? I’m not saying it will happen, but I’m not convinced it won’t.
    Thibodeau will go with Gibson more, he has to. And Gibson can play defense and score enough points to keep Miami honest. Rose will remember that there is no way Mike Bibby guards him straight up, and he and his coach will understand that running those pick and rolls is allowing the Heat to make the easy double team. At least I think that Thibs will figure this out.

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

    Cosign Allen @11:30. The series is 2-1. Don’t get ahead of yourselves folks. This thing is going back to Chicago tied at 2 and will be a lot more interesting with games every other day.

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

    okay maybe it is the bulls fan in me.
    but notable calls: the screen from noah, lebron taking a “charge”, lebron traveling like a muvugga and getting away with it, and a few no calls against noah and rose.
    but it is what is, bulls still didn’t do enough offensively to contend.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Greater impact is one thing, so yes, LeBron had that. But dominating his counterpart, head-to-head, no, LeBron did not dominate Luol Deng last night.
    Remember, Luol didn’t shoot a single FT last night while LeBron went to the line 9 times. Both shot 6-13 from the field though, plus Lu had 8 boards. So I didn’t see any “domination.” I thought both played well and neutralized each others contributions offensively, but again, LBJ did have a greater impact on the defensive side of the ball, especially in help situations.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    LMAO @ the last three comments. Fine, you guys are all correct….every trait the Heat showed in the last two games…and every poor one the Bulls have shown are all going to go away and nothing that has been established after 3 games will continue.

  • tRay

    @Allenp I couldn’t agree with you more. Every time Wade had the ball he almost got it stolen before he reached mid court. He does a lot of East/West handling and he’s not tight with his handle.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Not Crawford’s 11:44a.

  • BYEBYE

    The bulls aren’t gonna win with Noah playing the way he played now this scandal and fine he’s gonna receive is gonna be a distraction to the team also they need to play cj Watson with rose and let him penetrate more cause rose won’t be able to get to the rim as often as he usually does cause he flat out tired drose was MVP he deserved it but he doest have the talent at that certain position (2 guard) or I would let deng play 2 guard an t Gibson at small forward but other wise it’s over lol
    Do we realize the heat are about to play and beat everybody they lost to this post season WOW bring on the mavs

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

    so the heat can come back from a blowout loss and win two grind it out games…
    yet the bulls, who have the capacity to beat this team and have beat them 5 times including a blowout, have no chance at adjusting?
    ha?

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

    sorry, 4 times*

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

    Eboy – you’re talking like the Heat have dominated the Bulls and some drastic change needs to take place. The last 2 games have been decided in the later stages of the 4th quarter. Have your fun today though. And to all the people talking about Bulls fans coming out of the woodwork when they’re winning, I present to you ByeBye, apparently the site’s biggest Heat fan.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    airs….keep staying blind, Stevie Wonder Jr. It’s admirable, though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And yes, let’s all reflect back on the regular season as the barometer we should be using to judge how teams compare with one another in May. Hey…did you know the Heat lost the regular season series 3-1 to the Celtics? No? You can have that one on the house.

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

    im jus saying, we’re acting like the heat have completely blown the bulls out of the water.
    they’ve won by 10 and 11, and it was even a little closer than the final scores project.
    we don’t even need to look back at regular season, we can look back to last week and see the bulls are more than capable of beating this heat team.
    but i’ll be stevie wonder, everybody Uptight today, but everythings alright namsayin

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Taj Gibson started talkin to Bosh isolated, Bosh was what 1-4 at the time? Bosh is way way better then every big on Chicago – So I don’t at all understand talkin to him, making him motivated. I mean maybe it was the stuff Boozer said off the court, but it seems like Taj Gibson signed the death certificate on that isolation play where he fouled Bosh. This series is not very surprising to me at all, the Bulls are just too reliant on Rose for them to be favored in this series.

  • JTaylor21

    The series is far from over. I can see MIA losing GM4 the same way I see them winning GM4 and going up 3-1 back to Chicago. The series isn’t over until one team has 4 wins and sends the other fishing. Both teams are too great on the defensive end for there to for there to be a repeat of the bulls GM1 performance.
    Like CB1 said, can’t believe I’m quoting Chris Bosh, you can’t get too high or too low. Remember it’s the playoffs, one minute a team is in control of the series, the next it’s tied 2-2 and the other squad has the advantage going back home.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I think the time for saying that the games were a lot closer than the final score indicates (aka moral victories) is over at this point. The Bulls need to actually win one of those kinds of games.

  • JTaylor21

    People do know that a 10 point win is huge in the playoffs especially when it involves two great defensive teams. A 10 point win in this series is like a 15-20 pt in the OKC vs Dal series just due to the kind of suffocating defense being played on both ends. A win is a win regardless, so it shouldn’t matter if it’s by 20 or by 3.

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

    i agree, BC.
    i just think people are over looking the bulls right now. they ain’t out of it. yet.
    but if they lose tomorrow, heat “fans” and eboy and cheryl can write the bulls off then.

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

    and a win is a win, no one will preach that more than me.
    honestly if the heat win, best of luck to them in the finals

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh and Carlos Boozer on defense, is a complete and utter joke. He doesn’t even understand the concept of positioning, he’s out of position so often that even if he was a good defender he wouldn’t be able show it very often.

  • bull22

    man its easy for the heat fans to talk trash where their team is doing well, chicago is still not out of it, and derrick rose is coming down to hard on himself, considering the officiating has been horrible since the bulls tied the game 73-73 back in game 2.. i will however recognize that the bulls are shooting poorly and are not finishing at the rim… dont give up yet chicago!

  • T-Money

    It’s not MIke Bibbby that’s defending Rose, it’s Joel Anthony or UD meeting him at the free throw line. Team defense. The 1vs1 match up is almost irrelevant, Mike Bibby’s job is to keep Rose on one side once he commits and NOT stop him (because he just can’t).

  • T-Money

    I also thought it was a brilliant adjustment when Miami refused to send someone to cover Noah at the elbow since Noah was looking to dish it off to cutters and not score. That threw a monkey wrench in the Bulls “offense”. Thibs has to be less rigid again and just finish the games with Rose, Deng + his 3 best players on that night. Yesterday, it should have been CJ, Rose, Brewer, Deng, Gibson. That line up can work since Miami doesn’t play big, CJ on Rio, Rose on Wade, Brewer on James, Deng on UD, Gibson on Bosh. CREATIVITY!!!!

  • T-Money

    E: do you stick with Mike Miller in the 8-man rotation or do you go with James Jones? JJ will actually shoot 3s. Mike Miller’s potential is greater but he played 13 invisible minutes again.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Mike Miller is a much much better defender then James Jones, and he also rebounds (except yesterday, he did absolutely nothing and was the only Heat player with a negative +/-) which James Jones just effectively doesn’t do.

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

    This team is going to be scary if Mike Miller plays to his offensive potential.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    To free up the paint, I’d rather have JJ stretching the floor….since Mike doesn’t even look at the basket and when he does it’s usually putrid. But yes, nbk is right, Mike is a solid rebounder and makes better basketball plays.

  • JTaylor21

    Defense and MMiller should never be mentioned in the same sentence, never!!!!
    Both guys are turrible defenders, the only difference being that Miller is the better rebounder/playmaker while JJ is strictly a better spot-up shooter. It’s a good thing Bron is able to play 45mins a night because both guys aren’t that good.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JTaylor if you had any idea what you were talking about you would know that Mike Miller has actually been one of the most efficient perimeter defender’s in the league this season. The whole league. Just because he’s unathletic and white doesn’t mean he’s a bad defender.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T Money
    I agree with Charles that running that many pick and rolls with poor offensive players makes it easy for Miami to trap with no fear.
    I would not that Bron has been an excellent rim defender this series which I think has surprised the Bulls somewhat in the halfcourt. Boozer was clearly looking for Bron on that game at one point.

  • T-Money

    Theyre both good team defenders and are usually where they aresupposed to be on rotations, which is half the battle. I hate it when Mike attqcks the paint of the kick out. Just shoot it man!!! And its not about the hands, all the writers are reporting that he doesnt miss in Practice or warm ups.

  • JTaylor21

    Oh really. So now we are quoting “efficiency” as a stat to judge who’s a good defender and who’s not?
    Get out of here with that efficient crap, it’s either you’re a good defender or you’re not. So because Bibby is guarding Rose during his recent struggles, does that automatically make him an efficient defender? Both players suck on the defensive end and race has nothing to do with it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What is a little strange about last night was that none of the players were great on the glass and they still won handily. Bosh only had five boards after all. Did anybody else think that the physical nature of the Heat’s defense early rattled Chicago and that thy got frustrated by the refs?

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

    i’m liking tmoney’s lineup.
    i wish the bulls could do a line change like in hockey, booz for gibson.
    i really underrated miami’s defense, i had no idea it was like that. bulls definitely need something other than a pick and roll if they wanna hang offensively, but korver’s been mia all series.

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    How do you want me to word it for you then JTaylor? He’s been one of the best perimeter defender’s in the league this season because he’s been good when he plays? is that better? the use of the word efficiency is your problem? “its an issue when you say things you can prove, i’d rather you speculate!” that sounds like more like your style of conversation. anyway, if you want some proof you can click my name. If you want some speculation then, I doubt you actually watch as much basketball as you act like you do.

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

    Mr Ben OSBORNE, why don’t we have games liveblogs anymore?

  • JTaylor21

    Typical Grand Wizardry tactics; interject race into every conversation.
    Jonny Flynn is one of the worst defenders in the L and he’s blacker than Whoppi Goldberg’s lips, so what the hell does being white have to do with it?

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

    pffff hahahaha, whoopi do got some black lips

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    its has nothing to do with it, which is why I said what I said. I mean you can act ignorant to the fact that skin color does play into perception if you want. The fact that I said just because he’s white is not grand wizardry, it means what it should, forget that he’s white. If we were talking about something else with a stereotype attached I would have brought that up too because I just assume there are atleast some people reading this comment section who absent-mindidly buy into widespread stereotypes. — whatever though, I knew that would be the portion of what I said that you focus on.

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

    Wow.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Grand Wizadry did make laugh though. Adding that to my lexicon.

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    What is the reason you said not to bring Miller and defensive up together anyway Taylor?

  • JTaylor21

    The reasons are Miller’s a terrible one-on-one defender and just because it looks like he plays good team defense doesn’t mean he’s actually a good defender. Anybody could look like a good defender when you have wade, bron, and joel covering your a** (exhibit A; Bibby). I’ve seen basically 99.9999% of heat games this season and never once seen Miller playing anything that resembles great defensive on the perimeter
    I just call it how I see it and when it comes to basketball, I’m color blind. I enjoy what Dirk just as much as I enjoy watching Bron.

  • JTaylor21

    *watching* Dirk

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    Actually the stat, you know where I said click my name for proof, shows that he is an exceptional one on one defender this year. So once again, where are you gettin this from? you are either lying about watching heat games, or lying about paying attention to the games your watching. Once again, the stats (plural) I am providing to you, prove that Mike MIller has been an ELITE one on one defender in the minutes he’s played this season. And actually an average team defender. So once again, wth are you talking about?

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

    Stats are for…oh, nevermind…. :)

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    you see why I use stats right? people like taylor make up something about a player, then make a drastically over-exaggerated claim, like to have watched 99.9% of Heat Games (which means he’s watched every minute of every heat game except about a quarter and a half or 81.9918 games this season) so I have to show something that can actually be viewed, compared, measured, and considered by anyone. Like a group of stats.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I watched every quarter of every Heat game this season=100%. I like round numbers.

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    lol

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

    I get you.
    But I’m saying. Mike Miller….ELITE?
    Sure you don’t just mean good?
    Also, the link you have is the same link I put on here for all of us to laugh at.
    You laughed at it too and said dude who wrote it is an idiot.
    I mean, Brandon Jennings the best defensive PG?
    Gortat the best defensive Center? Better than Howard? GTFOH!
    Also, you realized that stat nerd only uses a small sample size, like 10 games, not the whole season for his geek stats on that article, right?

  • JTaylor21

    Que? I’m sorry but using stats to guage a certain player’s defensive ability borderlines on stupidity. Last night, bron played stellar D on Deng but there isn’t a stat out there that will tell you the same. Sometimes stats can’t really capture what really goes on the floor especially on the defensive end.
    I usually respect stats but in the infamous words of the real enigmatic; stats are for pu**ies.

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    I said he was elite this season in the minutes he played. Like factually he was elite. Would I actually pick him to lock someone’s best player up? no way, but would I be ok with him in guarding a teams 3rd or 4th option yes, more then ok. The And the stats in green are of the 2010-11 season through april 6, 2011, the one’s with a white headline are of those that he took himself. Anyway with a synergy sports account could give us a full number, bueller?

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    You mean you respect stats when they support your argument? I’m perfectly fine with being PROVED wrong, i’m more then ready to admit it if i’m wrong. But use something other then your opinion, because from a basketball standpoint it holds almost no weight, considering a lot of the things you’ve said in the past. Bordering stupidity is arguing a players all-time rank by using shooting % by itself, jtlyk.

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    Rigomatic this conversation started with me saying Miller is a much better defender then James Jones, lets make sure that is established. i am not arguing that miller is a great defender, but that he isn’t “horrible” or whatever you would associate a player who shouldn’t be in the same sentence as the word defense and is actually much better on that end then James Jones. (mainly because of how active and aggressive he is on the defensive boards and in one on one situations)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I hate text acronyms. Jtlyk. Nps. Iglfe.

  • JTaylor21

    Well, I’m not going to support a stat that claims Brandon “olé defense” Jennings the best defensive PG, claims Rudy Fernandez is a better defender at the 2 than DWade or Gorat, Bynum and DJordan better defenders than DHow.
    Come on son, take a second and think before you type.

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

    I watched ONE Heat game ystday and MMiller was M.I.A. on defense (and offense)…
    But generally he’s a great hustle player who never gives up on a play… Maybe ceci explique cela…
    Anyway, CBosh almost single handedly beat the Chi ystday and we’re talking about MMiller D??? Really?
    What does that guy need 2 do 2 hv some love?…

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    Taylor you don’t have to agree with anything that guy concludes, it’s his own conclusion. I didn’t bring up anyone’s opinion, it’s 100% irrelevant how you feel about that guys opinion, its 100% irrelevant how I feel about that guys opinion too. The facts are all I’m looking at. And if you actually paid attention to the stats your criticizing you would realize his own stat, estimated value is what he uses to deduce those things, there are other stats there you can look at that show DHow is a better defender then everyone but Bynum (who played next to Gasol and Odom, the best defensive frontcourt in the NBA) – you have to look at these things objectively, or else your just going to look ridiculous trying to point out issues that are either irrelevant or completely fabricated.

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

    What are text acronyms?

  • http://www.backpicks.com/2011/04/11/the-nbas-top-defenders-in-2011/ nbk

    jtlyk = just to let you know. that’s an acronym

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    text acronyms are for pussies.

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

    I know what an acronym is.
    I just had never heard of “text acronyms”.
    Makes sense now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I made up the last two. They mean
    Nothing personal son
    I got love for everyone

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

    Lol @ Rigo wrud 2night? Idgaf about Okc, Dirk ftw!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen lives by Jackie Moon’s credo, ELE. (everybody love everybody)

  • HAMMER

    2 bad games for the MVP, 2 bad losses for the Bulls. Gotta get this next one. Bulls r fully capable of beating the Heat. Even if they lose this next one, they can still win the series. No need 2 panic

  • T-Money

    They’re both decent team defenders, not exceptional. JJ is a bit better at taking charges as Miller is often sliding and gets called for the block. However Miller is a bit more quick footed and recovers to challenge corner shots. Neither will kill you on the defensive end like a Korver.

  • T-Money

    BTW, how INSANE is it that a 38-year old Kidd can defend adequately Kobe and KD?! My mind is blown.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Bulls are not beating Miami 3 straight games in the playoffs, i’m sorry but they need this next game in Miami.

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

    I think Mike Miller should be played over JJ because there is more ball movement when he is in the game. Miami runs alot of iso so anything you can do to get a bit more movement is helpful. Also, Mike miller is a better overall defender (just not at taking charges).

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

    Y’all, I am having the sh*ttiest day at work today.
    If like, JTaylor, or someone else can come up with one of their patented funny-a** comments, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Sincerely,
    Enigmatic’s sanity.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Baby Oil: I swear you is a pimp powder I thought you were the one the Lord chose.
    Baby Powder: If it hadda notta been for the Lord, I woulda notta hadda nare nutta b*tch walk in my life
    Baby Oil: A nare nutta
    Baby Powder: A nare nutta
    Baby Oil: I still dunno what that sh*t mean but I like how you say it.
    Baby Powder: Nare nutta mean…dont have a nare, NUTTIN! outta there
    Baby Oil: A nare nuttin outta there

  • T-Money

    Also, what got into Bogans? I didn’t understand his reaction to him fouling Wade. Bizarre.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t understand why Thibodeau set him for the rest of the game. I like Brewer and what he brings to the game, but his lack of offense skill is painful to watch in a way. He crashes the glass and runs the floor, but other than that, nothing. At least Bogans has been spacing things out.
    Mike Miller is a very smart player. Way smarter than James Jones. Miller makes tons of great cuts and good decisions and actually would get a ton of easy baskets if Bron and Wade were more used to what he does. But, he won’t shoot when open, and when he does shoot, nobody expects it to go in. It is a little sad. Reminds me of what happened to Nick Anderson at the free throw line back in the day.

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

    And i’m gonna tell you something, this pimpin’ that I got in my blood, it came from a family tree.
    My granddaddy was a pimp.
    My great-great-great-granddaddy was a pimp.
    I’m talking ’bout pimpin’ since been pimpin’ since been pimpin’!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Mike Miller is a rhythm player who has always played consistent minutes throughout his basketball life. It’s hard for a player like that to just walk into games and find his rhythm. Barring any injury that can impede shooting confidence (like another hand injury) I would bet Miller makes a return back or close to, normal form next season. Coming in later in the season, on a new team, and not knowing how many minutes your going to get night in and night out does quite a number on a persons confidence and thus shooting touch. Atleast in my experience that’s the case, i’m actually going through it right now with my squad here. I’ve never shot under 30% from 3 in any season (we play NBA line) and also never played less then 30 minutes a game, but am doing both this season, and I just feel out of rhythm.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I always wished they would just let Mike Epps character from that movie have his own made for tv movie or somethin. It would have been horrid, but funny at the same time.

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

    Joakim Noah fined $50,000 for his slur last night.
    Half of what they fined Kobe.
    I guess an NBA ref means twice as much to the leauge as a paying customer?

  • BYEBYE

    Well Noah might have seeing if the guy was gay so he could take him out

  • BYEBYE

    The bulls need to play Gibson more

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

    I actually agree with Bye Bye on his last comment.
    Boozer managed to have one of the weakest 26 and 17 ever.

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

    @ Rigo: Well, Kobe definitely has a higher profile than Noah (I don’t agree with it) and the fan provoked/insulted him as well, whereas Kobe’s use of the slur was unprovoked. He insulted the referee from the bench because he didn’t agree with a call, not exactly a retaliation.

  • roc

    Man I miss the mid range assassin that rose used to be in his first two years. I believe the three point shot has made the kid totally abandon that part of his game and its made him a far less efficient scorer. Right now there’s too Much hesitation in his decision making in the halfcourt and the lack of a hot spot on the floor is greatly affecting his game. Next year rose should trim down the threes and in the off season continue to fine tune his game by becoming a better pick and roll pg and improving his lateral quickness and awareness on the defensive end. I like the fact that he’s struggling in this series because it will keep him humble knowing that he has some work to do to get to the next tier with wade , lebron and kobe, the three best all around perimeter players in the world.

  • O

    It’s a wrap for Chicago. Let’s keep it 100. I hate the Heat, but they have too many weapons. With Chicago, you shut down Rose and you shut down the whole team. That’s they’re focus now. They’ll let Boozer go off for 30 and 15 whenever he wants as long as they keep Rose in check. And Noah’s fine of $50,000 hurts way more than Kobe’s $100,000. Noah’s making like 3 million a year. Kobe’s making 20 million. I mean come on.

  • JTaylor21

    Isn’t about time we proclaim Dirk one of the greatest ever? I mean the guy has been dominant for over a decade now and contrary to popular believe, dude has been one of the best postseason performers of all-time.
    One thing for certain though the guy has been the best player so far in the playoffs.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Slamonline myths being smashed in these playoffs, Mavs edition:
    Dirk is soft
    Marion is done
    Marion can’t stay with KD
    Kidd should retire / can’t shoot
    Dirk is soft.
    Hahaha de harrrr.

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

    Co-sign JTaylor on Dirk.
    Mavs played incredible today. Dirky Dirk was unstoppable. Marion played some insane defense.

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