The niceties and pleasantries in the Stanley Cup Final are no more.
The Chicago Bulls have made it to the Eastern Conference finals, largely, do to their ability to close out games. But in the last two contests against the Miami Heat, the Bulls have faltered down the stretch and lost.
Miami won Game 3 just like they won Game 2: with fantastic defense. Their on the ball pressure was excellent. They rotated very well and contested most of the Bulls shots.
For the third straight game, the outcome of an Eastern Conference finals game was decided by a second half run, and once again it as the Heat who pulled away and beat the Bulls.
Make no mistake about it, Game 3 in this Bulls-Miami series is crucial for both teams. The Heat want to win to maintain their momentum and keep home court advantage and the Bulls want to re-establish themselves after playing a poor ggame on Wednesday night
There was a huge difference for the Chicago Bulls between the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, and not just in the end result.
The Chicago Bulls lost Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals by 10 points. But wen you look at the numbers, the Bulls really cold have been blown out by the Miami Heat.
Two days after NBA Commissioner David Stern handed Derrick Rose the MVP Award in front of a United Center Crowd, Rose looked every bit deserving of the honor.
The Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks wrapped up the first two games of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with a 1-1 split. Now the series shifts to Atlanta, with the Hawks headed home with some confidence.
No one could have predicted that the defending conference champions would be in such deep holes so early in the playoffs. The Lakers and Celtics are both down two games to none and find themselves in must-win situations.
Just like a broken record, the Chicago Bulls struggled with the Indiana Pacers for most of the game, but pulled away down the stretch and won.
After two come-from-behind wins, the Chicago Bulls travel to Indianapolis to try and go up three games to none on the Pacers.