Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

18 May 2011 by Hiland in 2011 NBA Playoffs

The Chicago Bulls, led by probable Player of The Year Derrick Rose, used their multi-dimensional attack to stun the Miami Heat in game one of the Eastern Division finals. Game two will be played in Chicago Wednesday at 8:30PM ET and then again on Sunday, when the best of seven series moves to Miami.

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Chicago was 20th in the league on offense (98.6 points per game) but 2nd in rebounding averaging 44.2 per game and most importantly 2nd in defense (91.3). The Bulls held the high-profile, high-flying Heat to just 82 points in the opener and lead the series 1-0 going into Wednesday’s battle.

The top seeded Bulls (62-20) used their youth and speed to their advantage and controlled play for most of the opening game. LeBron James was swarmed with young defenders and Dwayne Wade received similar attention. Only Chris Bosh with thirty points performed well for the Heat.

It is a credit to the Heat that they expect to overpower teams, but in Chicago, the Bulls are not buying it. With a win in game two, Chicago will be poised to claim the Eastern crown which was not expected. With high-priced Bosh, Wade and James the expectations are high and the disappointments could be even bigger.

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