May 15, 2013
Miami Heat dominates the Chicago Bulls and take 3-1 lead
The Heat is now 1 game away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals
By Stephen Lars
There was some moments early in the series, particularly after game one where against the odds, the Bulls took a win on the road against the Miami Heat, that it looked as if maybe, and only maybe, these guys could make it to the conference finals. But, once the Heat got their spirit going, once they got tired of the manhandling they turn this thing around, and the Heat has not given them a chance. There was not so much fighting, trash talking or none of the other antics by the Bulls. This time, they came out and tried to hold their ground. But it wasn’t going to go their way. LeBron James went out to score 27 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He guided the Miami Heat with his strong game both offensively and defensively and the Heat took a 88-65 win over the shorthanded Bulls last night.
LeBron James went out to score 27 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He guided the Miami Heat with his strong game both offensively and defensively
At 3-1 for the series, the Heat are one game away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Truth be said, James and his men made it look a little too easy. The 65 points in the game was the worse scoring effort by the Chicago Bulls in the postseason in franchise history. They also went on an awful dry spell in the third quarter and scored only 9 points. That’s yet another disgraceful record that was broken by the team in the Bulls franchise history books. "They're in a tough situation," James said in the postgame press conference. "They've had some injuries and illnesses and whatever's going on. They don't have their full roster, but that's not for us to worry about. They beat a very good Brooklyn team [in the first round] without their full roster."
The rest of Miami’s Big Three had a good night as well. Chris Bosh finished the matchup with 14 points and 6 rebounds. He was certainly not as effective as in game three of the series were he closed the night scoring 20 and grabbing 19 rebounds. But this game wasn’t going to require so much from him or from Dwayne Wade who only had 6 points for the night. Wade has been struggling lately with an injury in his right knee. Norris Cole didn’t had much of a game either, he finished with 7 points, a bit under the two 18 point games he had on the previous two matches of the series.
The Bulls again were missing ailing Luol Deng and injured Kirk Hinrich (calf) for the game, but considering how that worked out, the Bulls might had needed much more than just these two to make things work. For starters, Nate Robinson, who is usually the guy in charge of building up the Bulls offense, had one of the worst games of his career. He attempted 12 shots, missed all of them, and would go on to finish the night with 0 points. It was an awful performance all around for Chicago. Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 12 rebounds, good but not great. This was actually his fifth double-double in the postseason but those 14 points came from 3-of-14 shooting from the field. Jimmy Butler scored 12 and Joakim Noah grabbed nine rebounds but had only 6 points for the night.
Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.