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What the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat showed the NBA world was that being physical on the Chicago Bulls is a great way to disrupt them offensively.
The Pacers and Heat weren't afraid of committing hard fouls and it got under the Bulls skin, wrecking their concentration. Also, they both double-teamed Derrick Rose relentlessly, wearing the league's MVP down.
The Pacers forced the Bulls into 15.4 turnovers a game and held them to 41.5 percent shooting (167-of-402) for 97.6 points a game. The Pacers' Jeff Foster and Tyler Hansbrough were really rough on Rose and Luol Deng (above picture), which disrupted Chicago's interior game.
Meanwhile, the Heat were more successful in stopping the Bulls due to having better personnel in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem. The Heat stifled the Bulls to 87.2 points per game and 39.1 percent shooting (162-of-414).
Rose was horrid, shooting 32 percent the last four games against Miami. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra would constantly rotate bigger, fresh bodies like James to face-guard Rose.
Besides Rose, the Bulls are really a finesse team. Disrupting Chicago's offensive rhythm would be key in winning a playoff series.
Bob Bajek is an NBA/Chicago Bulls featured columnist. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.