Holmes’ Morning After Blog: Monday Edition

By Laurence W. Holmes–

CHICAGO (WSCR) You can call it: “The Massacre On Madison.” The Bulls dominated Miami. Defensively, the Heat were rattled by ball pressure and the Bulls crushed Miami on the boards (45-33). It felt big. The great part is that the moment didn’t seem too big for the Bulls. They played a complete game with some ridiculous moments, highlighted by Taj Gibson.

Gibson posterized Dwyane (why do I have that Y in the wrong place?) Wade early on. That dunk was super-nasty for a couple of reasons:

1. It was two-handed over a player with good hops.
2. Taj got hit in the face during the dunk.

At the end of the game, Gibson had a tip dunk that may have been nastier. He went over and through teammate, Omer Asik and tomahawked it down. There were plenty of stars for the Bulls last night, but Taj’s nine points felt like it was 30.

-As strange is this is going to sound, I thought the Heat did a good job on Derrick Rose. They doubled, trapped and rotated from side to side. The Bulls made Miami pay, by hitting three-pointers. The Bulls shot 48 percent from behind the arc and it made a difference. Eventually, Miami (especially LeBron James) was slow to double and tried to stay in a good position to close out on the shooter in the corner. In the fourth quarter it lead to Derrick Rose with an almost uncontested layup.

-If I was doing sports talk in Miami, I’d be killing Wade today. He looked like he was playing in slow motion all game.

-Bulls did a great job on James and Wade. There was a six-minute stretch when neither scored.

-The Bulls didn’t do a great job by on Chris Bosh. He slipped pick and roll a lot. I don’t know who rattled his cage, but he was the lone Heat player that seemed like he looked at the scouting report.

-The city is basketball crazy, but very quietly the White Sox put together a good West Coast trip. They won all three series and finished the trip 6-3. That’s good news for the South Side 9. A lot of guys contributed and it was good to see Adam Dunn start to hit the ball. He hit .451 on the trip and raised his average from .149 to .216. Baby steps.

-Paul Konerko has had a bad year running the bases. He’s usually one of the smartest guys on the diamond. Recently his base running has been more than questionable.

-Juan Pierre’s game isn’t very good right now, but his mustache is excellent! It’s got a real Willie Tyler and Lester quality to it.

-As for the Cubs, is there anything as unsatisfying as a rain-shortened loss. It just feels awful.

-As the season goes on, Tyler Colvin is languishing. We all know that this is a rebuilding year, whether the Cubs want to admit it or not. Colvin needs more at-bats and more consistent playing time. The Cubs and Quade made room for all of the other young guys accept for Colvin. It’s sad that now it looks like Colvin will be heading back to the minors.

I’ll be talking Bulls and previewing the Sox homestand starting at 6:00 p.m. Follow me on Twitter: @lholmes670

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  • Meatless Meatball

    I’ve said this before, Laurence, but I think a huge difference between the Bulls and the Heat is coaching. Spoelstra often looks like a deer in the headlights and comes across as much of a babysitter as an actual coach. Just listen to those “Wired-In” segments from the game last night. Every time Thibs is on, he’s designing plays, telling guys where to be… Spoelstra, meanwhile, generally tries to boost their confidence. Spoelstra’s cheerleading makes Scalabrine look like a big contributor by comparison. And it’s just unbecoming of an NBA coach, IMHO.

    • George Oscar Bluth

      I totally agree. This is pretty apparent. Thibs is hoarse, screaming about giving effort that will inspire teammates, and Spoelstra is like a junior high guidance counselor out there.

      • Meatless Meatball

        I’m not even sure he’s that involved, G.O.B.

        What I really don’t understand is why Riley didn’t come down from on high and kick his butt out of there. Daddy (or, in this case, granddaddy) probably didn’t want to tarnish his legend just in case the Heat *didn’t* win the championship (and they still might, let’s be honest). But if he didn’t have confidence that the team would win, why would he have assembled them in the first place? It just seems awfully odd.

        So let’s say you’re Pat Riley last summer. You’ve got two of the five or six best players in the NBA — a guy who most with a brain would consider the best and a guy who’s already carried an NBA champion on his shoulders. You’ve also landed the premier second-tier free agent in Jar-Jar Bosh. Now, you’ve spent this absurd wad of cash on three guys, and you’ve brought in ancient roleplayers like Mike Bibby to fill in the gaps, since you can’t exactly play 5-on-3 in the NBA. You’ve got zilch-o on cash to bring in a Doug Collins, who can command the respect of players for his years of service, and you don’t want to take a chance on somebody like Thibodeau, who’s going to ride your superstars’ butts like cowboys on horses. Your limited options, then, are to keep the clown who has given you two consecutive first-round outs, or to come down and coach the team yourself. Given the options, what “Executive of the Year” in his/her right mind would EVER pick the former?


    What was a taffy pull in the first half turned into quite the blowout in the 2nd half of Game 1 of the Bulls/Heat NBA Eastern Conference Final last night. While Chris Bosh did the heavy lifting for the Heat and leading all scorers with 30 for Miami in the opener of the Best of 7, Chicago got plenty of contributions, starting with Derrick Rose’s 28, Luol Deng’s 21 and Carlos Boozer’s 14 with 9 rebounds and 28 from the “Bench Mob” and Taj Gibson’s 9 with 2 monster dunks. Even more impressive was the Bulls’ defense on LeBron James & Dwyane Wade, who combined for 33, but only shot 12/32 from the field between them.

    While the national “experts” picked the Heat to win this series, LeBron, Dwyane and Chris won’t win an NBA title alone. They need others on that roster to step up. That means Mike Bibby, Joel Anthony, James Jones & Mario Chalmers on that roster have to step up their games, too. Needless to say, head coach Erik Spoelstra’s Heat are on the spot in Game 2 Wednesday night. After the Game 1 beatdown last night, I’m not sure they can win on the Bulls’ home floor at United Center. Can the Bulls win on the road at AmericanAirlines Arena when the scene shifts to Miami next Sunday in Game 3? That’s an even bigger question.

  • art

    The chi town shalacking of the miami heat

  • Southside Dave


    Love the show! You know your ball, but…

    You sounded pretty skeptical about the Bulls or the Bulls v Heat. I called in drinking the redbull-koolaid, saying that the Bulls would sweep the Heat. You were skeptical. It’s a great matchup. The Bulls have too much depth, defense, and height for the Heat. If the Bulls win Wednesday, the Heat will fold, and the BULLs will sweep. Sweep the Heat!

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