Heat vs. Bulls: Players Most Likely to Melt Down in Game 3

Charlie Potter@@Charlie_PotterContributor IIIMay 10, 2013

Nate Robinson has been on fire for the Bulls, but a cool down could be on the horizon for the point guard.
Nate Robinson has been on fire for the Bulls, but a cool down could be on the horizon for the point guard.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The series between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls is split 1-1 heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday night.

Both teams have shown they are capable of exposing the other's weaknesses, but the third contest of the series is anybody's to win as it heads to Chicago.

Certain players have stepped up and performed well so far, but that's not to say other players will step up in tonight's match up.

Here we break down the players that are most likely to melt down in Game 3.


Chris Bosh

Bosh has had a quiet series thus far for the Heat. Look for that to continue in Game 3.

He has yet to pull down double-digit rebounds in a game this series, and the Bulls have the big bodies (Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson) to frustrate him down low.

With the game being played in Chicago, the Bulls will be fired up—especially Noah—and it will be difficult for Bosh to get going in the hostile environment.


Nate Robinson

Robinson was the Game 1 leading scorer for the Bulls, where he scored a game-high 27 points. But he trailed off in Game 2, and the Bulls suffered because of it.

With Kirk Hinrich still out for Chicago, the Heat will look to silence Robinson's loud bursts with larger defenders. If they do that, Robinson will be in for a long night.


Ray Allen

Allen was the leading scorer in Game 2 and helped lead Miami to an easy victory. But that all happened in South Beach. The next game will be in the Windy City in front of a raucous crowd.

Allen, who has averaged only 10.9 points per game this season, isn't the same player as he was in Boston, and a decline in performance would not be surprising coming from a bench player.

The Bulls will be hyped up, and Allen might find it hard to find his shot.


Marco Belinelli

Much like Allen, Belinelli led his team in scoring in Game 2. But the guard only posted 13 points in a losing effort.

This time around, players like Noah, Gibson and Jimmy Butler will be excited for the opportunity to return home to a welcoming crowd.

There might not be enough attention to go around in order for Belinelli to have a strong performance in Game 3.