After the Miami Heat's demoralizing Game 1 blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls, it's clear that the Heat will need to make some adjustments before Game 2 if they want to even up their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final series.
The Bulls out-muscled, out-rebounded, out-hustled and quite simply outplayed the Heat on Sunday night in a dominating 103-82 victory to take a 1-0 lead in this series of two East powerhouses.
It has been well documented what went wrong for Miami in the series opener. Chicago used their advantage in size and length to dominate the Heat on the glass, and more importantly, outscore them 31-8 on second chance points.
That huge edge in second chance points threw the Miami defense out of sync, and ultimately wore the team down.
In addition to the rebounding and second chance scoring edge, Chicago's pesky defense clamped down on Miami's top two offensive weapons in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The superstar duo was held to a combined 33 points on 12-for-32 shooting, which was their worst performance in this postseason so far.
Fortunately for Miami, LeBron and Wade have shown an uncanny ability to rebound after off games. The Heat have proved to be a resilient squad throughout the course of the regular season and playoffs.
If the Heat can make the necessary adjustments for Game 2, they will have a great shot at stealing a game on Chicago's home floor.
Here is what the Heat need to do in order to knot up this series at one a piece, as well as my Game 2 predictions.
Allen Levin is the Miami Heat Featured Columnist on B/R, and is a journalism major at the University of Central Florida. You can contact him on his website at www.allenlevin.com.