NBA Playoffs 2011: How the Miami Heat Beat the Chicago Bulls at Their Own Game
NBA Playoffs 2011 and how the Heat won the hustle game
The Heat didn’t do anything revolutionary to beat the Bulls in Game 2.
There was no stunningly brilliant performances(minus the inspiring performance of Udonis Haslem) and they didn’t unveil a game plan that was confusing or altogether original.
The Miami Heat did the only thing they could do: they beat Chicago at their own game.
In the 85-75 loss the Bulls were out rebounded, out played on defense, and outhustled in all facets of the game to amount to a 1-1 series tie and home court advantaged controlled by Miami.
It was a must win for the Heat and they took it by playing harder and wanting it more than Chicago.
While Chicago did have a poor shooting night, particularly from behind the arc, what was most obvious for the Bulls in the second half was how hard it was for Chicago to find an offensive rhythm. The Miami Heat stifled the Bulls both off the pick and roll and inside the paint.
If there was a bright light in last nights game for the Bulls it was that though they shot poorly and failed to move ball in the second half, they were knotted up with just four minutes to play.
Nothing that has happened in the first two games give control to either team.
This makes Game 3 the must win on both sides.
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