Well, here it is. When the playoffs started, most Bulls fans figured that they should at least get to this point, the point where they would face one of two really annoying teams. As it turns out, that team happens to be public enemy number one. We are not talking about a group that brought such wonderful jams like Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos. We are talking about the whiny, pretentious Miami Heat.
What should we expect while Bulls try to keep these suckas in check? Well, we will assume that Rose will do his normal thing, a little rope-a-dope evil with righteous bobbin’ and weavin’. And Luol Deng to keep his keepin’ on. Yet, those two factors (and Bogans playing D while hitting a three here and there) are the only factors we can set our watch to. This series is going to come to the other two starters and a bench that needs to provide a force to instigate a prison riot.
Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah need to provide an impact. Noah will provide solid D, while The Beard will be lost on that end. It is on the offensive end where they need to step it up. Boozer had a magical game last night, and we are going to need more of that for the half-court offense to flow. Much of Boozer’s play will determine Noah’s contribution. If Boozer is ineffective with his jumper, Bosh will play off of him and settle closer to the hoop, giving Noah less room to operate. If Boozer is able to make Bosh respect his J, the lane opens up for some Noah dump-offs.
Despite what Hubie Brown may think, the bench has some questions on the offensive end. One of the Bulls strengths is their depth. However, if they cannot find ways to put the ball in the basket, the Bulls ability to wear down the Heat with their fresh legs off the pine becomes irrelevant. Key to bench scoring are Kyle Korver and Taj Gibson. A CJ Watson spark is also welcomed, but Rose will be getting crazy minutes, so Watson’s role will be even more diminished. If the starters are clicking on offense, then seeing defense come off the bench (i.e. Gibson, Brewer, Asik) will provide that fresh toughness that can put games away.
As everyone preaches, the defense is the backbone of this team. I believe this series will much of the same. The only real problem that the Bulls sometimes have is rotation D. This is where it is important to listen to Chuck D’s words and “move as a team and never move alone.” Other than that, I expect them to play their signature D and keep the Heat in check.
I am weary of this series. The Heat have hit their flow this off-season and could be too much. Yet, I take the Bulls in seven (why not?), marching on the throats of the prissy Heat. Oh yeah, the revolution will be televised, largely on TNT and ABC.