The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls are one series away from a chance to compete for the golden prize. The NBA Championship trophy. If you thought the series between the Heat and the Boston Celtics was high profile, you haven't seen anything just quite yet.
Here are five reasons the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.
For the Bulls offense, it will ultimately all come down to the play of Carlos Boozer. The guy expected to be Rose’s No. 2 this year, power forward Carlos Boozer, has struggled with a turf toe injury but is showing signs of getting healthy. He had a huge Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The real Boozer, please stand up.
Like Boozer, Chris Bosh could be the deciding factor for the Heat offense. He has been one of the most inconsistent players all year long for the Heat and that hasn't changed in the playoffs.
Which Chris Bosh will we see? The physical defender who can score in spurts at any moment or the disinterested lolly-gag player?
My bet rides on him not showing up in this series.
The Chicago Bulls offense starts and ends with Derrick Rose. He is the leader, creator and giver on offense. He gets in the lane and creates plays for all of his teammates with ease.
And don't forget, Rose can score himself at any point. The guy is just downright dangerous and there is good reason he has a brand new, shiny MVP trophy.
Probably the best defense in the league rides with the Chicago Bulls under coach Tom Thibodeau. They have a fast, aggressive style that confuses and rushes teams to get their plays set and moving.
The Bulls were 3-0 against the Heat in the regular season holding the Heat to 90.3 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting. Just like football, defense wins championships.
Yes, the Heat are on a hot streak right now and are 8-2 in the playoffs. BUT they haven't played against a defense like the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs. The Crystal Ball says that LeBron James and co. get frustrated with the Bulls defense, throw their arms up in the air and wilt under the pressure of expectations. They will score but it won't be enough.
The Crystal Ball also says that the Bulls win in six games and move on to face the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA Championship.