5 Keys to Series Between Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls

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5 Keys to Series Between Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls
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Miami and Chicago will clash for the second time in three postseasons.

During the course of the Miami Heat's press availability, after finally learning who their second-round opponent would be, Dwyane Wade paid the Chicago Bulls the ultimate compliment:

They don’t back down. It’s amazing how consistent they are. They always give themselves a chance. They’re kind of like the Boston Celtics in the sense that, no matter what happens, they won’t go away. They’ve got tough guys mentally and physically. They’re going to fight.

You can certainly expect a fight from the battered Bulls in this series. 

Yes, the Heat did beat a healthier and—with Derrick Rose and Omer Asik—stronger squad in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.

Yes, the Heat did so at a time when they weren't nearly as healthy or strong as they are now.

And yes, they did so in just five games.

Still, if you were assuming a sweep here before Chicago's gutty Game 1 upset over Miami, you haven't been paying attention, either to the competitive contests over the past two seasons, even when Rose has been unavailable, or to the Bulls' remarkable seven-game series victory against the Brooklyn Nets

The Heat know better.

"We know each other," Erik Spoelstra said.

They know they'll get all they can handle. The 93-86 slugfest loss certainly proved that.

So what are five of the keys?

(All quotes for this piece were collected over the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for The Palm Beach Post.)

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