Friday, May 27, 2011

Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls home page, team center for Chicago Bulls News. The Chicago Bulls took advantage of its mismatches in taking the first game of this best-of-seven series.  Miami gave up too many second chance points, allowing the Bulls 31  second chance points and 19 offensive rebounds.

Chicago also out-shot Miami by 19 attempts, putting up 87 shots compared to only 68 for the Heat.  This discrepancy is due to the great play on the boards by Chicago’s bigs.

Miami will lose this series if they cannot figure out a way to limit these second chance opportunities from Chicago.  No team can survive giving that many more attempts to other team.  Especially when that other team plays very well on the defensive side of the ball.Both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had inefficient nights for the first time in a long time.  Miami cannot win when this happens.

It will need both of its perimeter stars to make better decisions with the basketball.  They settled too much for isolation in this first game.Chris Bosh was seemingly unstoppable all night, finishing with 30 points and 9 rebounds.  This was largely due to how Chicago was playing Wade and James.  Bosh took advantage and put up points.

The telling statistic of this game has to be in the 3rd quarter, where Miami actually held Chicago to only 33% shooting, yet the Bulls extended their lead to double digits because of their ability to capitalize on second chances.

While the Bulls demonstrated their obvious advantage on the boards, the rebounding discrepancy in game 1 is unacceptable for Miami.  The Heat did elect to go small for the majority of the game, and it might be something that Erik Spoelstra will want to take a closer look at.

As for the outlook for the rest of the series, I do not believe this is any reason to panic.  Chicago is not a good 3 point shooting team, yet they shot nearly 50% from beyond the arc in game 1.  That will not continue as this series goes on.
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