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This is the game that the Bulls have been preparing for since the Heat knocked them out of the Eastern Conference playoffs last May.
The storyline for the Bulls this game will be the health of Luol Deng and Taj Gibson. Not only will that be the headline, but depending of the health of those two will depend on who wins the game. Without Deng or Gibson, the Bulls are going to have a tough uphill battle beginning at tip-off.
For the Heat, Dwayne Wade's lingering ankle injury will be their biggest concern as they try to keep the "big three" on the court together.
The Bulls will have to adjust to the Heat's new offseason acquisition, Shane Battier. Battier, being one of the best defenders in the game, will surely increase the defensive productiveness of the Heat. Because of this, the Bulls will need to play one of their best games offensively, not only to beat Battier and the rest of the Heat defense, but because they will need to be able to keep up with the high octane offense of the Heat who are number two in the NBA in points per game (104.4).
After peeling back all the layers that go into this game, what it will come down to is how well the Bulls, as a team, are able to keep up with the "big three." Last year, success came easily to the Bulls in the regular season with a record of 3-0 against the Heat. But come playoff time, the Bulls couldn't run with them in a seven-game series.
So if the Bulls do get a victory in Miami, don't start preaching a championship just yet.
But you can relax just a bit.