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I may be laughed right off this site, but I truly believe that the Bulls can win this series.
Just like I believed that they could beat the Nets.
Scrappy, defensive-minded and well-coached teams are generally successful in the playoffs. And the Bulls, with the exception of the San Antonio Spurs, are the best-coached team in the league right now.
What's more is that they have a psychological edge that has them believing that they not only can play with the Heat, but they can beat them.
How else do you explain their improbable game one win?
Sure, the Heat stormed back and smoked the Bulls in game two. But even that lopsided loss was to be expected. The Heat had just been embarrassed at home.
More importantly, the Heat got a little scared. They didn't think that this series with their bed-ridden opponents would be a contest.
Now the series shifts to Chicago, and the Bulls have an opportunity to hold serve.
Obviously there are a lot of factors up in the air for the Bulls. They still need to have a healthy or relatively healthy Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich. They also need Robinson to continue to step up. They also have the possibility of a Derrick Rose return to think about.
But this is a team that can give the Heat trouble. They split the season series with the Heat because they are big, physical and can control the boards.
They are never going to take LeBron James out of the game. But if they can keep him in this stratosphere, they have a chance.
They already cleared the biggest obstacle—they won a game in Miami. Now they just need to remember that they can beat this team.