“Gotta say I’m hoping for some rust. Bulls have come this far, why not try to steal game one? Chicago has come out of a war and is in rhythm. Just because the Heat has more talent does not automatically equal a game one loss.” – @ChiTwnBullsBlog – 05/05/13
Uh, yeah… That happened. Wow, what a RIDE this team is taking us on! After listening to all of the analysts yesterday (First Take, Numbers Never Lie, PTI, Mike and Mike, Waddle & Silvy to name a few), the Bulls weren’t given much a shot to do anything against the Heat. Pretty universally Chicago was given a nice “pat on the back” for the 7 game series win over the Brooklyn Nets, and it was suggested that the Bulls might manage 1 or 2 wins in Chicago. Others noted that the Bulls would be swept, and that they should feel good about what they did in the prior series based on all of the injuries and guys out.
The Bulls decide not to acknowledge what was supposed to happen on paper and went ahead and played the game that was scheduled. They played hard. They played smart. They played together. If you could walk, you played. Next man up. They’ve got more than enough to win. Amazing performance by this team.
- Lebron went 1-6 in the first half for 2 pts.
- The rest of the Heat team was clearly rusty, missing wide open looks and shots they usually make…
- Bulls kept the game close and neither team got more than a 5-8 point lead.
- They played to a draw by the half, knotted up at 37.
- Nate Robinson got the bad end of a loose ball scramble with Lebron James and had to leave the game to get 10 stitches in his lip, 5 on the outside and 5 on the inside, ouch! (of course he came back for the second half).
- Miami started making some runs in the second half and you kind of thought they were going to stretch things out. The Bulls kept their poise and seemed to hit big shot after big shot (Bellinelli, Butler and Robinson were HUGE down the stretch).
- Heat enter the 4th quarter up 4 and are 33-0 this year when entering the 4th with a lead.
- Bulls go on a 10-0 run to close the game (Nate scored 7 during that stretch taking both Chalmers and Allen off the dribble in two separate isolation plays).
- The refs called the game pretty even and also allowed physical play, but it wasn’t too physical (for the Bulls anyway). 29 FTA’s for the Bulls vs. 25 for the Heat. I think that changes as the series goes on obviously. DWade and LBJ will be lobbying a lot harder for calls too (what else is new?).
- Bulls outrebounded the Heat 46-32.
“…I really love this game for what it is… my teammates push me to play with energy and passion.” — Nate Robinson (SG/PG Chicago Bulls)
“…I just want to do whatever it takes to win. … As far as getting to the line, that’s just being aggressive.” — Jimmy Butler (SG/SF Chicago Bulls)
“…We know how good they are. This is only one gm and we have to play a whole lot better.” — Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau
“…We are not gonna talk about time off or rest or anything else. Give them credit.” — Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra
Best In-Game Tweets:
That’s what’s up Chicago! Can’t ever doubt these guys. Way to steal one in South Beach!
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) May 7, 2013
— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) May 7, 2013
Shock the World! Heart, Hustle & Muscle! Throw it up! Throw it up! That’s how the Bulls ball out! #SeeRed
— Stacey King (@Stacey21King) May 7, 2013
Bulls snap Heat’s 8-gm playoff win streak. CHI is 9-8 vs Miami in Big 3 era (inc. postseason), only team over .500 vs MIA during that span.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 7, 2013
The Chicago Bulls, man. The Chicago freaking Bulls.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 7, 2013
Man was I wrong about the Bulls. Even w/o Deng/Hinrich/DRose, they steal G1 from 4-time MVP who went quiet last 2 1/2 minutes.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 7, 2013
Wow! What a shocker. The Bulls beat the Heat tonight. Wonder what it says about Brooklyn and others. #JustThinkingOutLoud
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 7, 2013
Noah!!!Robinson is really becoming a playoff player
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 7, 2013
Another 48min from Jimmy Butler. Simply incredible. #Bulls
— Silvy (@WaddleandSilvy) May 7, 2013
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I’m predicting that Miami will play more desperate, will get to the line more and Lebron will look to be assertive coming out of the gate. Foul calls will be the story of game 2. Bulls are so depleted, they can’t afford to have key players in jeopardy of fouling out.
Game 2 is Wednesday night – 5/8 on TNT. (7PM EST/6:00 CST)