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Chicago Bulls: D
Taj Gibson is banged up, we get it, but he was a nightmare.
He went just 1-of-4 from the floor for two points and committed four personal fouls in eight minutes. I find myself hoping he undergoes a drastic change over the offseason. This whole making Carlos Boozer's contract seem like a bargain thing just isn't conducive with what the Bulls need from him.
There was a Nazr Mohammed sighting, because of course there was. He played just four minutes and dropped in two points off a nice putback. On the very next possession, he afforded himself a not-so-well-deserved heat check that didn't fall.
Oh, and he didn't get ejected for "shoving" LeBron James. That's always a plus.
Miami Heat: B
I'm probably being generous, but that's alright.
Shane Battier continued his woeful shooting for most of the game before knocking down two monstrous threes in the fourth quarter. His defense was also the main reason why Boozer was so quiet down the stretch. I kid you not.
As for Norris Cole, he didn't have a great game...until the fourth quarter.
He gave the Heat their first lead since early in the first half and forced Nate Robinson into some bad shots in the waning minutes. His defense was so solid that Erik Spoelstra went with him over the reeling Chalmers to close out the victory.
Chris Andersen played 13 minutes and was more of an asset offensively than he was defensively. I know, I'm shocked too.
Birdman dropped six points and played more than six of his minutes in the fourth, when he was a driving force behind Miami's improved defense.
For most of the game, the Heat's bench wasn't doing much. These three came together in the final period, though. And man, is all of South Beach glad they did.