Bulls vs Heat – Keys To Game 2

CHICAGO (CBS) The Chicago Bulls won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals by 21 points. Despite the rout of the Miami Heat, Chicago still only leads the series 1-0, and they’ll need to win Game 2 to preserve home-court advantage.

With two days of rest, and two days of preparation, the Heat are sure to be ready to amend the 103-82 loss in the opening game.

Here are the Keys to a Bulls’ victory in Game 2:

Derrick Rose
-The league’s MVP scored a “quiet” 28 points in Game 1. The Bulls’ domination stemmed mostly from the Bench Mob and from their rebounding. But Miami still has Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who were held to a combined 33 points in Game 1. You can expect for Wade and James to come back with better performances in Game 2, and Rose can reduce their effectiveness by having a big offensive day of his own. Wade specifically can be hurt by an offensive explosion by Rose, as he tends to draw the Rose assignment on defense. The more active Rose is on the offensive end, the more Wade has to chase him around the court, and the less energy he’ll have when Miami has the ball. Not to mention Rose might be the best closer in the NBA, and when he’s on, he’s proved he can carry the Bulls.

Clean The Glass
-Chicago had a 45-33 rebounding edge in Game 1, and even more impressive was the Bulls’ 19 offensive rebounds. Rebounding basically comes down to positioning and hustle. With Tom Thibodeau running the show, you know those are two things the Bulls will excel at in every game. Chicago’s rebounding is a big key for them on every night, but even more so against the Heat. The way Miami is set up, they can’t compete with the Bulls’ forwards. The more defensive rebounds Chicago can grab, the fewer possessions James and the Heat will have, and it works the same when the Bulls are on offense.

Bench Mob
-Chicago’s bench has been a huge advantage for them all season, and Game 1 was a perfect example of how effective they can be. Chicago’s bench outscored Miami’s 28-15, and chipped in long stretches of playing time so the Bulls’ starters could get their rest. There’s very little drop off from the first unit to the second, and players like Taj Gibson can energize the crowd and his teammates with posterizing dunks like we saw in Game 1. The more production Thibodeau gets from his bench, the more likely it is that he takes the Bulls to Miami with a 2-0 lead in the series.

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  • Kb Shipley

    I believe the Bulls bench is as good or better than Miami’s starters. I may be a little bias but, if you seen the 1st go around, you know what I mean.

  • Jake from da burbs

    The key for Game 2 is going to be a complete 48 minute effort by the Bulls team with each wave of lineups that come from the Bulls and also maintaining their composure.

    I think the Heat are going to come out like gang busters and it wouldn’t surprise me if they have a 15 point lead at some point during the 2nd or at the half. But the Heat have a tendancy of coasting and not being able to put a consistent high level effort for all 48 min.

    This will allow the Bulls to come back in this game and chipping at the lead and making it a close game in the 4th quarter as long as we maintain our composure and not get too down and keep plugging away and doing what we do.

    It certainly is going to fun.

  • cosmo

    Tha team has to establish a defensive posture from tha tip. Tha object is to keep their scoring in check, because trying to outrun and out score them, at their pace, is futile. We gotta make stops and grab bounds.

    To keep the Heat behind all game, may not be realistic, but they can’t be allowed to go up by more than 6 points. If we can counter their offensive barrage, we can seize final control in tha 4th.

    Of course, if we can just manhandle them all game, we do that. By whatever means, let’s send them to South Beach in a 0-2 hole.


    I’ve got to think that LeBron & D.Wade will play much better in Game 2 tonight, but even that won’t be enough for the Heat to head back to South Beach in an 0-2 hole vs. a Bulls’ team that seems to have Miami’s number this season. Unlike in the first 2 series where the Bulls seemed to toy, for lack of a better word, with the inferior Pacers & Hawks in the first 2 rounds of these NBA Playoffs, they seem to be up for challenges like this vs. a Heat team that many outside Chicago still think will represent the East in the NBA Finals next month.

    If the Heat are to represent the East in the Finals as so many “experts” continue to insist, two things have to happen. One is contributions from others besides LeBron, D.Wade and Chris Bosh. The other is whether the Heat can actually win a game (or two) on the Bulls’ home floor. I don’t think they can, even if their road record was among the NBA’s best.

  • bigtime sucker

    close game tonight, nail biter i think at home bulls better in close game, but i think noah will score a little more tonight against the “bigger lineup” and i would like to see about 5-10 more points from booz. i like the improvements brewer has made over the last week or so. another thing i would like to see, an early taking of the charge on LBJ or wade or of course both. james was in early foul trouble in game 1 and that took away some of his aggressiveness, an early charge will make him think twice about attacking the basket

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