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NBA Playoffs 2011: 5 Reasons the Chicago Bulls Will Beat the Heat in 6 Games

Zachary McIntyreContributor IMay 15, 2011

NBA Playoffs 2011: 5 Reasons the Chicago Bulls Will Beat the Heat in 6 Games

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    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 24: Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat puts up a shot between Derrick Rose #1 and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 24, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Heat 93-89. NOTE TO USER
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    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.

5. Carlos Boozer

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 10: Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 10, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated th
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    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.

4. Chris Bosh

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat looks on during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: U
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    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.

3. Derrick Rose AKA Captain Creator

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 12:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls pushes the ball up the court against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Phillips Arena on May 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO US
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    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.

2. Chicago Bulls Defense

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 10: Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls dives for the ball held by Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 10, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Th
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    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.

1. No-Show LeBron and Co.

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 06: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Arena on March 6, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using
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    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.

Bulls Win in 6 Games

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 20: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives between Jason Kidd #2 and Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center on January 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Mavericks 82-77. NOTE TO USER:
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    The Crystal Ball also says that the Bulls win in six games and move on to face the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA Championship.

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