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Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 8:35 am  |  68 responses

Post Up: DRose, Heated

Miami survives against Chicago, plus an epic Mavs-Spurs battle and Kyrie beats Boston.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

After next week, Sundays are for basketball, not football. (Or hockey, in Drake’s case.) And yesterday we got a sneak preview of what that’s going to be like. In a word: awesome. Miami and Chicago battle down to the wire, Kyrie Irving beats Boston, an epic game between old reliables Dallas and San Antonio and more. Without further ado, let’s recap.

Heat 97, Bulls 93

Chicago never led in this game, and Derrick Rose clanked a pair of free throws that would have tied it with 22 seconds left, then missed a jumper with 3 seconds to play that also would have tied the game, helping Miami escape with a win over their top competition in the East and improve to 15-5 (9-2 at home). Before yesterday, DRose had yet to miss a fourth-quarter free throw. The MVP played 45 minutes and scored 34 points, but couldn’t hit the clutch foul shots, and the Bulls dropped to 17-5. LeBron James put up a 35/11/5 line, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade chipped in 15 points and 7 dimes. The remaining non-Big 3 Heat players combined for 23 points. And yes, The King & Co. had a slew of highlights. Take your pick: Bosh, LeBron, Wade, Wade again, LeBron again.

Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87

Ladies and gentlemen, Kyrie Irving. Kid is legit, and he proved it again last night, with 23 points (10-14 FGs) including the game-winner with 2 seconds left to down the Celtics on a pretty spin-move through the paint. Irving scored 8 points in the fourth, and the Cavs ended the game on a 12-0 run to move to 8-11 on the year—only a game worse than the 9-10 Celts. Boston lost despite a team-high 22 points from Ray Allen in his first game back from an ankle injury and 52 percent shooting as a team. Paul Pierce scored 18 points, had 6 boards and 5 assists, but also had 7 turnovers and couldn’t beat the buzzer on the Celtics’ final possession. This game was so much fun, the two teams will do it again on Tuesday, only next time in Cleveland.

Raptors 94, Nets 73

The Raptors shot 52 percent from the field, while New Jersey shot 37 percent, and DeMar Derozan scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half as Toronto cruised to a win without Andrea Bargnani, and both teams now sit at 7-14. The Nets are now 2-6 at home, and got only 6 points from MarShon Brooks and 8-of-20 shooting from Deron Williams, who finished with 24. The only other New Jersey player to score in double figures was Anthony Morrow, who finished with 14 points. The other three-fifths of the Nets’ starting lineup—DeShawn Stevenson, Shelden Williams and Kris Humphries—scored 5 points between them. Jerryd Bayless was inserted into the Raptors’ starting lineup to guard DWill, and played 34 minutes while scoring 17 points (two here off a Jose Calderon lob). The Nets could only muster 15 and 14 points in the second and third quarters.

Pacers 106, Magic 85

Any more wins away from home and we’ll have to rename them the Indiana Road Warriors. The Pacers are now 8-5 on the road and 13-6 overall after riding a big second half and a 51 percent field goal percentage to an impressive win over the Magic. Dwight Howard had 24 points (one poster) and 13 rebounds, but shot 4-for-15 from the free throw line and the Magic were outscored 56-36 on points in the paint. Danny Granger finished with 24 points, David West and George Hill had 16 apiece and Darren Collison racked up 10 dimes as the Pacers did away with the Magic’s three-point halftime lead. Indiana won the second half, 58-34, and won despite only shooting 11 free throws—three less than Dwight himself. Last notes: Big Baby hustles hard, and hey, Larry Hughes played 16 minutes.

Mavericks 101, Spurs 100 (OT)

On paper, I wouldn’t argue if you would have wanted to peg this game as boring prior to tip-off. Two older teams, with coaches not afraid to rest their stars in the lockout-shortened year, and none of the “sexy” intrigue of hot teams like the Thunder, Heat, Bulls, Clippers etc etc. But this game was flat-out awesome. Even with Coach Pop electing to play his reserves for all of the fourth quarter and overtime—the Spurs’ lineup for most of post-halftime was Gary Neal (who led the team with 19 points), Matt Bonner, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and James Anderson. Green (12 points) hit a would-be game-winning shot at the end of regulation, but upon further review the shot was waved off and we headed for OT. Jason Terry scored the final 4 points of the extra period, and scored 26 of his season-high 34 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Mavs, who also got 21 from Vince Carter and a 10-point, 13-rebound night from Dirk Nowitzki. The Spurs had one last shot at winning the game, but Green heaved up a three that was off the mark.

Hawks 94, Hornets 72

If I told you Emeka Okafor led the Hornets in scoring (with 13) and that New Orleans shot 38 percent from the field, you’d probably assume they got thrashed. And you’d be right. NOLA never led at any point, as Atlanta got a career-high 24 points from Jeff Teague and 16 points off the bench from Willie Green, who beat the third-quarter buzzer with a trey, to improve to 15-6. The Hornets have gone 2-16 (and 1-10 in their last 11) since starting off the year at 2-0, and the hits keep coming, as their next game is at Miami. Atlanta used a 23-4 run in the third to go up big while at the same time New Orleans missed 12 straight field goals and had 6 turnovers, and the Hawks led by as many as 29 in the fourth. Consider this nugget of futility: the Hornets were 5-19 in the first quarter and 5-20 in the third quarter.

Lakers 106, Timberwolves 101

Minnesota came back from down 18 to take a 1-point lead with 3:19 to play, but Kobe Bryant slammed the door shut on the Wolves down the stretch and the Lakers got just their second road win of the season (now 12-9). Kobe had 35 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 28 and Andrew Bynum finished with 21 as the Lake Show shot better than 50 percent for the game. Kevin Love continued to be Kevin Love (33 points, 13 boards) and Michael Beasley had a nice game with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but the Wolves shot sub-40 percent and Ricky Rubio shot 2-of-13 from the field, with just 5 points. Although, per usual, Ricky gave us some tasty highlights, in the form of assists to Love, Anthony Randolph and Martell Webster. But in the end, it was too much Kobe—yesterday, he broke yet another record, becoming the Lakers’ all-time franchise leader in field goals made on a reverse layup in the second quarter.

Clippers 109, Nuggets 105

I’m stunned. Absolutely stunned. Denver lost with Tim Tebow sitting courtside. No way! Chauncey Billups scored 32 points in his first game at the Pepsi Center since being dealt with Carmelo Anthony last year, Chris Paul added 25 and Blake Griffin had 17 and 13 as the Clips rode a huge fourth quarter to a win over the Nuggs. L.A. outscored Denver 32-22 in the fourth and overcame a 21-11 disadvantage in fast break points to get to 11-6 this season. The teams traded highlight-reel dunks, first from DeAndre Jordan and then Nene, who had 18 points. Danilo Gallinari also had 17, Andre Miller had 16 (plus 10 assists) and Al Harrington had 16 off the bench for the Nuggets, who dropped the first of a brutal stretch in their schedule despite getting 62 points in the paint. Denver’s next 6: Memphis, Lob City again, the Lakers, Portland, Houston and Dallas.

Lines of the Night: Three guys scored 30+ to lead their teams to narrow victories: LeBron with 35 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, Kobe with 33 Pts, 13 Reb and the JET with 34 Pts, 4 Ast.

Moment of the Night: Kyrie Irving beats the Celtics with a nasty spinning layup in the final seconds.

Dunk of the Night: LBJ over John Lucas. Like, literally, over him.

Funny of the Night: Carlos Boozer’s kids cheer for the Miami Heat. For real.

Tonight: A 9-pack of games tonight, starting with Magic-Sixers and Wizards-Bulls at 7, and rounding out with three massive matchups out West: Grizzlies-Spurs, Blazers-Jazz and Thunder-Clippers. Enjoy, and I’ll catch you all back here in the A.M.

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  • Myung

    Great win by the Hawks last night. If we beat Toronto in our next game (which we should be able to do), we will have finished up this road trip with a 4-1 record. Other than that one week when we had to play the Bulls and Heat twice each in a 6 day span, I completely admit we’ve had a cupcake schedule so there’s that. But I still can’t believe we’ve got a 15-6 record (especially without Al Horford now). I was skeptical of how good Larry Drew was going to be as a head coach when we brought him on board last season, but he’s clearly proving his worth. I do think our record will even out once we play tougher teams, but IF Al can recover by the time the Playoffs begin, we’re going to be a tough out in the Postseason, no matter what seed we get. I doubt the nickname will catch on, but I’ve been calling Jeff Teague “Mookie” because he’s not only our best PG since Mookie, but he also racks up steals just like Mookie. Mookie had a tremendous game last night (while playing on a bad ankle), and we even had a T-Mac flashback last night when he threw down the alley-oop pass from Kirk Hinrich!

  • Myung

    JET was clutch as usual last night. It’s funny to see how great he is as a Mav because when he started his career as a Hawk, you could always count on JET making a key blunder in the 4th quarter. Those were some really bad Hawks teams (led by Shareef and Big Dog). But he completely shed his reputation as a 4th quarter choker once he got to Dallas, and it goes to show that players CAN rehab their images and games through maturity and hard work. He was one of my favorite Hawks of all time, and I’m still salty that we had to include him in the trade to dump Alan Henderson’s stupid contract to Dallas. I’m happy he’s got a ring and that he continues to put up AND hit big shots for Dallas.

  • RobbieJay

    damn boozer lmao that must hurt

  • Myung

    Last thing…I kind of think the Spurs got robbed last night. If you watched the end of the Mavs game last night, when JET’s shot went in towards the end of regulation, there should’ve been about 0.9 seconds left on the clock. You can say 0.4 seconds isn’t a big difference, but the Spurs were given just 0.5 seconds to take a shot and if you saw the replay, Danny Green just needed an extra 0.1 seconds so the Mavs can thank the scorekeepers for that win last night. The best part of this game was how Pop never put his starters back in once the comeback was complete. How many head coaches reward bench guys by letting them win or lose the game? Almost any head coach would’ve inserted his starters back into the game late in the 4th, but Pop trusted his no name bench with the game and they almost pulled it out.

  • MikeC.

    Furtion.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    That Clippers game was hard to watch. Their defense was non existent. I have no idea how they ended up winning (well I do, got hot from 3 in the 3rd quarter, 13 4th quarter points from CP), but it wasn’t like they played well. CP cannot seem to get to the basket any more, unless he does it from the beginning of a game. If that doesn’t happen he is content to shoot jumpers all night. As usual Billups was taking a lot of bad shots, not as usual he made more than he missed. I’m glad VDN contract is up at the end of the year. The defense for the Clippers is non existent.
    The Heat game was great to watch, although Deng wasn’t playing last nights game has me thinking that the result in the East will be the same agan this year. Heat are deeper than they were last year, and play better together.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Would just like to point out that last season, when the Bulls won every regular season meeting against the Heat, the Heat played without a healthy Miller or Haslem. Can’t reference excuses or shed tears (little Pooh is alot like Bosh Spice I see)when the games are played.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Myung, I’m glad you saw that too. There was definitely more time than .5. Also, vince reped bonner on the last play, literally holding him.
    Very funny how myung puts upmassive comments on the hawks before he gets to anuthing else.
    Refs were determined to help the bulls. So many goofs in their favor. I didn’t know a player could call a to while backpeddling like a fool. Quite a few make believe fouls in rose’s favor also. Him choking at the ft line is a familar site(ncaa). And damn, he shot like kobe.
    The pacers keep winning.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    On a seperate note, it’s really annoying how Thibs complains on every single call. And I don’t know what has happened to D Rose but every foul call I have seen that went against him this year he has questioned. I have only watched about 5 whole Bulls games this season, but still, thats a bad ratio.

  • Myung

    I’m nothing, if not one who talks about the Hawks and who writes massive comments, usually about the Hawks. haha.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Pooh scored 3 points once Lebron switched up on him in the 4th….the and 1 he scored on the blocking foul on Chalmers, was all he got. That’s still a deadly strategy the Heat can employ.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    And I think the spurs are wishing they had picked up james anderson’s option. He played well, hit some shots, nice passes, lots of hustle. Just what I thought he would bring.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I don’t think Bron can lock Rose down any more. Rose got him dirty on an in and out during one switch on the pick and roll. In last years play-offs it looked like a guard on a guard, last night it looked what it is, a 3/4 guarding a 1.
    Did any one see Chris Paul make Andre Miller fall over last night? Then hit the J.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Kyrie Irving is the man!
    Guys you can now jump on the train. I think he has the clear edge against Rubio, but a co-ROY shouldn’t be bad. I remember Enigmatic as one of Kyrie’s doubters here. But I’m not so sure, I can’t clearly remember.. Varejao does have huge trade value. He’s loved in our team but somehow its unfair to the guy. He deserves to be in a contender.
    And Lebron.. Long live the.. Poster.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    AllBall: Rose was 1-6 with Lebron on him.

  • Mike From Spain

    If the ROY had to be decided by last night’s performances, Kyrie would soundly kick Rubio’s behind. I am confident that Ricky will get better tho… this was the perfect occassion to topple the Lakers, they were on the bad side of a back to back, riddled with doubts and the corpse of D-Fish at PG. The T-Wolves were confident after winning against the Spurs and Mavs, playing at home, with Beasley, Webster, Ridnour and Miller able to provide some bench minutes. If Darko had not been sick, probably his low post defense would have forced lower percentage shots, and the Wolves back court shot an abysmal 8 of 40 (not just Rubio at fault). the Wolves outrebounded the Lakers badly, had only 4 TOs… SMH, the Wolves should have won this game easily. Imagine if the backcourt had shot just 33%, horrible but enough to win.

  • nella

    No offense, but a weak write up today. A half paragraph on that bulls/heat game? That’s it? At least capture the vibe of the game. You make it sound like d rose lost that game, but if he doesn’t hit multiple ridiculous layups& and 1s the bulls lose by 20. And bron bron missed his fts too. Great game, too bad the reffing got funky at the end.

  • Stepfan

    So nobody is going to talk about how CP3 cross on Andre Miller. Sheesh!!! Clippers fun to watch but their half court offense is some trash. Vinny Del Negro is not a good coach he just has talent around him. Once his contract is up, If I’m the Clippers I’m giving Larry Brown a call.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Dagger, one of those was a three that rimmed out that had nothin to do with who was on him, the last second shot was defended by 3 people in reality, and it just didn’t look the same as it did last season, using the eye test. Rose can get where he wants to go against LeBron now.

  • T-Money

    allball: what game were you watching? rose was coming down and putting moves on chalmers before even running a play. as soon as bron switched on him, he stopped looking at the rim and rip hamilton was initiating the offense. that was a game changer. it goes beyond the shots missed, rose did not get to the rim in the halfcourt in the last 6 minutes! / unrelated: i think brian windhorst needs a break from covering the miami heat, his game recap on the heat index made no sense.

  • bull22

    really respect derrick rose and glad he got recognized by a sports analyst as the most accountable player in the nba. carlos boozer and yoakim noah, amongst other bulls missed alot of easy layups and open looks and yet derrick rose refuses
    to blame his teammates publicly… simply put bulls need to make those easy baskets against heat in playoffs and they should be fine.

  • T-Money

    i also see the same ol’ offense from the bulls. play rose the entire game, let him shoot damn near 30 times and hope for the best. the boy hit INCREDIBLE floaters and push shots from 15 ft to keep the game close but that’s not something the bulls should count on. i still don’t see how that’s going to beat good teams in the playoffs. he shot 35% vs miami in the playoffs!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Rose barely did that against Chalmers, although he did that a lot to Norris Cole. LeBron cannot lock Rose down like he did last year, that doesn’t mean he can’t contain him. If Rose 3 had went in instead of skimming out, and he makes those two ft’s (which he normally makes), no one would be mentioning Brons defense against him. Hamilton did not initiate the offense (I’m actually looking back over the 4th quarter now), although they did have him coming off screens and ran a few hand off p & r, but they often go with a p & r for Rip at the end of quarters.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Through the 1st 3 quarters, Rose did not hesitate to go at Bron on a switch. I think too much is being made of Bron’s defense, Rose just missed shots. Can Bron guard him better than the rest of the Heat, sure, but I don’t the total domination that Bron had over him last year. Rose completely froze Bron once on a full switch, and got buy him a number of times when there was a screen roll and a half switch/weak double team.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Kyrie will take ROY because of two things:
    1) he’s putting up more tangible stats (Ricky’s defense won’t show up, nor will the obvious tempo changes when he is in)
    2) Ricky plays with others who take the spotlight… Kyrie doesn’t.
    I’d take Rubio in a heartbeat though.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    And Rose was the hero of that night. I don’t care if Lebron got him 1-6 in the fourth. If it wasn’t for Rose, the Bulls would have been blown out and obliterated.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I gotta agree with t-money though, if Rose misses a few of those crazy difficult shots at one or two stretches in the game, it probably isn’t that close. It will be tough to rely on those shots during a 7 game series.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    ^^ nah i think lebron’s still got em.

  • T-Money

    allball: i’ll just let it go. i have no idea how you can say that bron can’t defend rose anymore based on last night’s game. rose stopped looking for the drive when bron got up on him. even the bulls beat writers were wondering why was that on twitter. / jukai: there must be a sliding scale then. 11-28 is never good enough for kobe or lebron to be considered heros. on a lot of possessions, d-rose was attacking and putting up shots before even making a single pass. i mean… what would be considered a bad game for rose vs miami when he shoots under 40 and takes almost 30 shots in the “good games”?? how low do i have to go, 8-28, 6-28, 4-28?

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    But I’m not saying he cant defend Rose any more. I don’t think he can completely lock him down any more. Is there any one I would rather have on Rose than Bron? After Tony Allen probably not.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    I like what the Lakers did when the game got close. Dump it to the big guys underneath for easy deuces, they should do it more often. Also, Kobe is unstoppable if he shoots inside the paint.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Unfortunately it’s rare I comment on SLAM these days, but the last time I did, I had a bunch of Bulls/Rose fans explaining to me, that Rose was playing different this year (distributing and guiding his team more, shooting and going 1 on 5 less). As I hadn’t watched any Bulls’ games at the time of the discussion, I found that this was great news for Rose and his (and my) Bulls. Since then I have watched two Bulls games (against Boston and last nights game), and although still only two games, in these two games there haven’t been any evidence that Rose is more of a facilitator this season; in both games Rose hoisted away like Kobe on Viagra. As I still have only watched 2 games I am not sure what to think; thoughts?

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    ..and Rose missed those free throws because he’s already exhausted hoisting those many shots (not to mention a bunch of dazzling acrobatic penetrations).

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    @AllBall…maybe Jrue Holiday??

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    I haven’t seen enough of Jrue Holiday, although I remember watching him out play Rose in a Philly win last season.

  • http://fjskdlf.com Jukai

    T-Money: well, I disagree, I’ve seen Kobe and Lebron both get praised shooting in the mid 30%. It’s about how you’re getting those shots and how your team is performing.
    Really, it’s less about stats and more about how he did in the game. Before the fourth quarter, he was shooting 47% doing some respectable work, and then he bricked a few shots he could have made. Unfortunate, yes, but his previous quarter heroics kept them in the game and kept that game close. He was tired in the fourth and they had Lebron playing him physical and wearing him down. I’ll give Rose the nod on this one.

  • Feez_22

    Consider this: Rose had 10 of the bulls last 12 points with 6 minutes to go until they put lebron on him. he was attacking and as soon as they put lebron on him he became passive… dare i say scared? He stopped attacking. I believe his only points post lebron guarding him were on that and 1… and i believe that was a fast break no? maybe lebron didn’t shut him down like he did in the ECF but holding him to 1/6 in the final 6 minutes of the 4th is pretty good. Thats the definition of shut down isn’t it? sure rose put moves on lebron in game… but c-mon thats bound to happen. Rose is a 6’3 quick PG that has handles like crazy. When it mattered, lebron held him to 1/6. he shot 11-28 from the field. the heat did a wonderful job of guarding his shots. rose found the open man more than usual though. i like his development PG wise in terms of finding the open guy.

  • broy

    Rip who re- aggravated his groin was a non factor in the second half, so was Boozer and you fools are wondering why rose shot 28 times? If he didn’t the bulls wouldve lost by double digits plain and simple. Lebrons job against rose is to funnel him to a help defender in the paint so its nearly impossible to expect rose to repeatedly beat any heat defender off the dribble. The strategy was solid, put 2-3 sets of eyes on rose and force Boozer or brewer to make a play. The bulls lack consistent three point shooting and it affects their spacing on the floor greatly, so all the heat have to do is pack the paint.

  • Myung

    Jeff Teague has always done a good job on Rose, ever since high school, actually. No one can shut him down, but Teague does an excellent job.

  • T-Money

    myung: in terms of raw numbers, no one can shut him down because he shoots too often. but miami held him to 23 ppg on 24 shots for 35% shooting in the playoffs. that qualifies as a shut down to me.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    Derrick Rose (‘s teams can’t beat Mario Chalmers (‘ teams).

  • Myung

    The Hawks played the Bulls tough in Round 2 last year, and that was basically Teague’s first extended playing time of his career (backed up Bibby and Hinrich for the first two years of his career). I almost feel like round 2 of the 2011 Playoffs (Hinrich didn’t get hurt until the very last second of the deciding win vs. Orlando in Round 1) was Teague’s first few real games as a pro, and now in his THIRD year, it’s almost like it’s his real rookie season after a 2 year warm up. Teague played high school ball in Indiana and played vs. Rose on several different occasions (All Star games, AAU, etc) and always played him tough and even as a pro, is not intimidated by him. The Hawks went into Chicago earlier this year and lost on a last second shot by Deng (and blew a 16 point lead) and then later that week, blew the Bulls out at home. I think very highly of Rose and I really don’t think anyone can shut him down, per se, but in terms of CONTAINMENT, Teague does as good a job as anyone, in terms of 1 on 1 defense of Rose. Teague has extremely fast hands and great lateral quickness, and that’s your best shot at keeping Rose out of the paint. I do agree that the Heat did a great job on Rose in the playoffs last season, but I’m just talking about man to man defense.

  • ThaWindy

    Bulls will be fine.
    Still had some chances to win. Thats all you can ask for
    The iso LBJ that the Heat run will always he us in the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Carlos boozer needs to whoop his kid a**, lol. I rooted against the bulls in their last two finals appearances with MJ because I had a cousin that played for the jazz and never even met him a day in my life. smh

  • el_larsen

    lol at nbk!!thats right!!
    i knew rose would lose his cool,like lebron
    and the bulls good defense is only due to the fact that the refs let them get away with a lot of illegal defense!

  • Joblo

    These losses will b good for the bulls because unlike bron, derrick remembers the tough losses and it drives him crazy. This was probably the first game of the yr that rose was trying to score at will because he knew he had to without luol and cj. Lets not forget rip was a gametime decision taj just came back and derrick still had that sprained toe.

  • showmeyourwits

    No one is mentioning the Bulls were without Deng. With him in there, Lebron wouldn’t have been scoring so easily in my opinion, but I’m looking forward to a playoff series between the two.

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

    @joblo – you can’t use Deng not playing as an excuse because Mike Miller was out for some of those games last year. And everyone knows they have the same impact on the game. Mike Miller played the most important two minutes I’ve ever seen yesterday.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    Luol Deng is way way way way way more important to the Bulls then Mike Miller is to Chicago. come one Diesel, you should know that.

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

    At the risk of sounding salty, I do think that if Deng and CJ Watson play, the game looks different. But for now, congratulations to the Heat and their fans. It was a good, exciting game. Its going to be an interesting series.

  • LA Huey

    I’m gonna watch you guys put on a show about that fun Heat-Bulls tilt. Just wanted to mention that Kyrie made that game-winner look WAY easy.

  • T-Money

    diesel, nbk – i keep hearing that but wasn’t deng playing 45 mins a night when miami won 4-1?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    That Deng is more important then Mike Miller? I never said Deng makes Chicago better then Miami. I said he is more important to Chicago then Mike Miller is to Miami. Miami is better then Chicago with or without Mike Miller, irregardless of Luol Deng.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    This is all nice and all, but….
    WHAT THE F*CK WAS UP WITH THAT INADVERTENT WHISTLE?!?!?!
    And then the jump ball afterwards when replays showed it should of been Bulls’ ball?
    And then LeBron on the jump ball despite Wade being the player involved in the play?
    That was three f*ck ups in a row for the refs.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Yeah, without a doubt Deng is far more important to the Bulls than Miller is to the Heat.
    LeBron surely has to be the frontrunner for the MVP award this season, the dude has been ballin out of his mind.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Both fanbase should never gloat or celebrate RS wins over each other because we all remember what happened last season when CHI waxed MIA 4-0 in the RS then lost 4-1 in the PS.
    In other news….the Heat’s 4th qtr offense stinks like a day old diaper.

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

    @T-Money – Deng was there during that series but Hamilton wasn’t. In yesterday’s game, Hamilton defended Wade well. I don’t know if it was Hamilton’s defense or Wade having to chase him around, but Wade didn’t play well. So if you add Deng’s defense on Lebron on top of that, which is usually pretty good, I’m interested to see what that makes the Heat’s offense look like. I’m also interested to see what that makes the Bulls offense look like when there are three guys that can create their own shot. I was being sarcastic when I made my Mike Miller and Luol Deng comments….you can’t be the same guy that complained about Bulls fans bragging about wins against a heat team that didn’t have Mike Miller, but then try and brush off Deng not playing like it was no big deal.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Wade also didn’t play well in the ECF, so……….

  • http://fjskdlf.com Jukai

    JTaylor: that’s what happens when you focus every play call on the full-court set and never practice any half court sets. Ask my Suns how that worked. Hell, ask New York right now.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Enigmatic, you on dope? Wade was clearly inbounds. And on a jumpball like that, any two players can jump. It was a tied up ball. I don’t see you complaining about rose taking 17 steps before calling a timeout.

  • T-Money

    enigmatic – yeah, you got it all wrong. bulls had told the ref that they wanted a timeout if the shot was missed but taj never had possession of the ball. the ref blew the whistle anticipating the bulls would get it. wade was clearly inbounds. anybody can jump on an inadvertent whistle. so, if anything no whistle should have been blown when chris bosh caught the deflection.
    diesel – i take wins and losses at face value. i don’t play the what if game, that’s all i’m saying.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    C’mon now.
    Rose only took about 7 steps calling that timeout.
    My bad, y’all are right. That whistle just ticked me off tho cause the refs were already on my nerves at that point.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    I don’t see how enig. They were clearly helping rose at every opportunity. Good game tho.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Yeah but they also called little tacky fouls on Boozer and Noah all game long.

  • LA Huey

    Enig, let’s be honest. You don’t Boozer on the floor anyways.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    from my TL during the game yesterday you would think the Bulls fans were ready to hunt down those refs with pitch forks and torches.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Teague still struggles to get around screens at times, but in an isolation situation there are very few players I’d rather have defending Rose.

  • Justin G.

    I’m sort of surprised that nobody (especially the Lebron haters) mentioned how poorly the Heat executed down the stretch also. The last two plays were simply Lebron dribbling until there was about 6 seconds left on the shot clock and then try bulling his way through the lane. Both times never had a chance, plus his two missed free throws on top. If they’re going to do that in the end I still don’t understand why you don’t give the ball to Wade instead. Yes he wasn’t having the best of shooting nights but he’s just so much more creative off the dribble than Lebron is. Hell, I might even consider letting Bosh have the ball in those situations, especially against the Bulls. He’s shown how much he owns whomever is guarding him on that team and he’s a very good free throw shooter

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