Why Miami Heat Are Better Than the Chicago Bulls

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIApril 29, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat readies to move against Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Heat defeated the Bulls 86-67. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After a clean sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami Heat are beginning to focus on the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

That means, most likely, a second-round matchup with the Chicago Bulls—assuming they don't blow their 3-1 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets.

A Heat vs. Bulls semifinals would be an exciting series to watch for many reasons. Not only could it feature the return of Derrick Rose from last year's torn ACL, but it also features two teams that aren't that fond of each other. 

We all know the Bulls snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak, and they did so by getting under the skin of LeBron James, who picked up his first flagrant foul in quite some time.

While that would be a major storyline for a Heat and Bulls series, that one victory doesn't change the fact that the Heat are hands down the more superior team.

The first reason why is because the Heat are simply a more consistent team on both sides of the ball.

Not only have the Heat won 41 of their past 43 games, but they've also done so in convincing fashion a majority of the time.

Twenty-three of those 41 wins came by at least 10 points, and two of them came against the Chicago Bulls by an average of 15.5 points per game. Consistency isn't an issue for the Heat, but it is for the Bulls who, without Rose, lack a consistent superstar on the floor.

The Bulls' longest winning streak of the 2012-13 season was just three games. Not being able to string together more than three straight wins is rather unimpressive, and it shows an inability to put a steadily successful product out on the floor.

Another reason why the Heat are a better team than the Bulls is because Miami doesn't have any issue scoring the ball. They averaged the fifth-most points per game in the NBA with 102.5 points, as compared to the Bulls' 29th-ranked offense that averaged just 93.2 points.

Defense certainly is an integral component to winning championships, but it's not the only factor. Even if it was, the Heat give up the fifth least points per game, with an average of 95 points, as compared tot he Bulls who give up the third least, with an average of 92.9 points.

With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, the Heat are the kind of team that can simply outscore you as they smother you on the defensive side of the ball.

The Bulls don't have that luxury because, as they stand right now, they don't have a go-to scoring option in their starting lineup.

Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer aren't bad, but they aren't the kind of elite playmakers the Bulls need to compete with, and ultimately dismantle, the Heat.

In addition to the reasons listed above, the Heat are just an entirely different, more dominant team in the playoffs than they are in the regular season. If you don't believe me, just ask Brandon Jennings and the Bucks.

The Heat, who dropped one game to the Bucks during the regular season, swept them with ease. LeBron and company beat the Bucks by an average of 14.8 points per game, and they never once looked in danger of losing a single game.

The Bulls, on the other hand, are struggling to finish off the Nets. If it wasn't for Nate Robinson's Jordan-esque performance in Game 4, the Bulls could easily be the team down 3-2 in their series right now.

The fact that the Bulls are still fighting their way through a challenging playoff series while the Heat are at home in South Beach practicing and resting for their next series shows the Heat's superiority as well.

While the Bulls have a solid frontcourt and the Heat don't, Miami has figured out how to win games without having depth in the interior. They play with a focus on penetration and kicking the ball to open shooters on the perimeter, which minimizes the Bulls' size advantage in the paint.

The Heat have the Bulls' number for many reasons, but most of all because LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are leading the team.

If and when both teams face off, it will be an entertaining series, but it won't go more than five games, because the Heat are too complete of a team to let it go any further.