Bulls vs Heat – Keys To Game 4

CHICAGO (CBS) The Eastern Conference finals couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the Chicago Bulls, a 21-point rout gave Chicago a 1-0 series lead. But since that point, everything has gone the way of the Miami Heat.

Two consecutive losses and some controversy has sparked some panic among Bulls fans, but a win on Tuesday and the Bulls right the ship: evening up the series and taking back home-court advantage.

Here are the keys to a Bulls’ victory in Game 4:

The Real MVP
-Derrick Rose averaged 25 points per game in the regular season and 27.6 per game in the playoffs. But in the last two losses to the Heat, Rose has been under both of those averages, putting up only 21 and 20 points. Over that same stretch of games, last year’s MVP LeBron James has 29 and 22 points and has taken over games down the stretch. Chicago has relied on Rose to carry them all season long, and there’s not much hope for them if the Chicago-native isn’t able to do that on Tuesday.

Finish Strong
-The last two games of the series have been double digit wins for Miami, but at halftime of each game, the Bulls trailed by two points in Game 2 and three points in Game 3. It’s been the second half that’s doomed Chicago. The good news is that this is a relatively new trend for the Bulls, so you would think that it’s something head coach Tom Thibodeau can correct before its too late. Thibodeau gave his troops the day off from practice on Monday, so hopefully fresh legs and a sense of urgency will lead to a complete 48 minutes of basketball.

Defense, Defense, Defense
-Defense has been the Bulls’ focus from the beginning of training camp. Along with rebounding, it’s one of the things that they do consistently well. Chicago limited the Heat to an average of 83.5 points per game in the first two of the series, but gave up 96 in Game 3. Rose can have a big game, the bench can contribute and the Bulls can finish strong, but if the they don’t play great defense, they could easily return to Chicago facing elimination.

What are your keys to a Game 4 win? Post your comments below.

  • big time sucker

    i disagree completly with 2 of those. defense defense defense is always a key so it isn’t anything new. fact of the matter is, getting off to a good offensive start is way more important than anything. it’s no different than baseball where they say hitting is contagious. if deng and bogans and rose and boozer can shoot a little better right off the bat, the whole team tends to follow along. move the ball, shoot better, space the floor better and then you can SET UP your defense

    • Theorg Therealorg

      I think you are right. I mean, come on. Strategy is what it is all about. Don’t worry that I’m a docile, weak male who thinks sports is life. I don’t care that the Federal Reserve is enslaving me, my wife and child. I don’t care that lucifer worshipping illuminati freemasons are controlling me.

      I just like being the typical sports loser.

    • AT3374

      Couldn’t agree more . Since the Bulls have mainly shooters , they need to hit the shots they are given tonight , if not Heat will win in 6 at home .

  • The Platzner Post

    Big game tonight…Go Bulls!!!

    • Theorg Therealorg

      GO BULLS!!!
      Don’t worry about the Federal Reserve enslaving me and my family!

      I’m a man!!!!
      I love enslavement!!!!!

  • OldSoldier59

    Take and make good shots. Boozer, Noah, and Gibson go hard in the paint.

  • Theorg Therealorg

    Yea, that is what I’m talking about!
    Grab another beer. Go to the bar. Whatever, it doesn’t matter that America is selling its’ soul to the devil. Give in to the Illuminati, freemason lucifer worshippers (yes, we know the secrets you 33rd degreer’s). I love punishing my wife mentally by verbal abuse. I love acting like I’m strong. I love acting like a coward by putting fear in to others. I love acting like the false idol I am.
    Keep paying attention to your precious boy games.

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