The NBA playoffs are now just two days away, and the league is quieting down in anticipation for the coming storm. Players, coaches and GMs are now focused on preparing for the physically grueling, mentally exhausting playoffs and you can be sure that all of of them are giving special consideration to a series against the Miami Heat.
From the beginning of the shortened preseason to this very day, many NBA analysts have chosen the Heat as the team to win it all this year. Ever since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh teamed up in 2010, there has been a sense that it is their destiny to crush all competition and win the NBA championship. Despite being beaten convincingly by the Dallas Mavericks in the championship series last year, the Heat are still largely regarded as the team to beat.
I would humbly disagree.
Western Conference teams aside, there is one challenger in the East who legitimately scares the Heat. One team who has a better:
- Points Differential
- Points Allowed
- Allowed Field Goal Percentage
- Three-Point Percentage
- Allowed Three-Point Percentage
- Turnover Amount
- Offensive Rebounds
- Defensive Rebounds
I am, of course, referring to the Chicago Bulls.
There are many reasons why the Bulls are legitimately the team to beat in the playoffs—here are my top five.