NBA Playoffs 2011: Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat Game 2 Recap

Kevin JackmanContributor IIIMay 19, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18:  Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls looks on dejected against the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 18, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Miami Heat won 85-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls came out flat on offense, while the Big Three of the Miami Heat scored at an efficient rate all night long.

Both defenses were tenacious, but the difference in the game came down to the ability to knock shots down late by the Heat and LeBron James.

Miami was able to close the game out on a 11-2 run that sealed the win and gave the Heat home court advantage from here on out, a dangerous position to be in for the Chicago Bulls who need home court.

Derrick Rose just wasn’t himself all night, consistently putting up forced shots and pushing the ball into double, or even triple teams at times.

Yet, he isn’t solely to blame for the Game 2 loss, as Kyle Korver and company just couldn’t hit when they needed it most. The Bulls had an ample amount of opportunities to take the lead when it was 73-73 late in the fourth, but missed shots and turnovers plagued Chicago.

Now the series shifts to Miami, giving the Heat a huge advantage. If the Bulls hope to take a game or two down in South Beach, they have to come out firing from long-distance and slow down the tempo of the game.

Once the Bulls start trying to out-run James and Wade, that is when they get in trouble. In order to win this series the Bulls must force the Heat it play in the half court and limit the amount of times they turn the ball over.

I said the Bulls would surprise people and win the series in five games, and while I still think they will go to the finals, I am now going to push it to six games.