LeBron James: What the Miami Heat Must Do to Ensure a 3-1 Series Lead
LeBron James must think defense first
The game plan for the Chicago Bulls won’t change in Game 4, but the intensity to carry it out must be taken up a notch.
The Heat have found the elixir to cure them of their Chicago Bulls troubles: shut down Derrick Rose with a wall of tall double teams. The Heat, for all the press did to focus on the defense of Chicago, did a number on Chicago and their MVP point guard.
But Game 4 will be different. James and Wade are certain that Chicago isn’t interested in going back home down 3-1. They will likely come out and play with a surge of confidence and a renewed energy. The Heat will have to continue to be aggressive defensively.
Make no mistake: If Derrick Rose gets to the rim with regularity in this game the Miami Heat will lose. They must continue to make him settle for jumpers and take their chances.
But the Heat will also need to continue to get production out of their bench unit and Chris Bosh. Both have been a beacon of light for the first time all season, but the Heat know that with a Bulls bench that is the deepest in the league and a smaller lineup likely for tonight (with Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer in action) the Heat won’t come by anything easy.
Game 4 is in their control. They cannot take their foot off the gas now.
Closers know how to take a team out when they need to. LeBron James must be able to do that tonight.
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