Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Bulls and Heat
The Eastern Conference Finals are now set as the Chicago Bulls eliminated the Atlanta Hawks last night, because of Oprah they will play Game 1 against the Heat on Sunday night.
There is no clear front runner in this series. Both teams slugged it out in the regular season, Chicago won all three games but their greatest margin of victory was only four points and I don’t expect it to be any different in this series.
Miami’s superstar duo are playing much better basketball at the moment than they did in regular season but Derrick Rose has proven that no one can defend him. It might be two against one in the superstar department however I believe that the game will not be won and lost there.
What will be the ‘X’ factor in this series?
Those “other guys” are going to play a huge roll for both teams and the Bulls have more depth. Deng, Boozer, Noah are Chicago’s main “other guys” as opposed to Miami’s Chris Bosh and on the occasion James Jones and Mario Chalmers. The main focus will be on both front courts because Chicago has the right personnel to punish Miami’s lack of interior presence. In their three regular season meetings Chicago out-rebounded the Heat by 10 and had 9 more second chance points. Bosh, Anthony, Howard or Ilgauskas will have to step up and limit the second chance opportunities the Bulls will get with Boozer, Noah and Asik hitting the glass hard.
Picking a winner is extremely difficult between these two teams. On one side you have two unstoppable players that will always have you in the game but on the other there is an MVP and a very good team backing him.
For me the series will ultimately come down to controlling the paint, as Chicago have a better front court I have to side with them.
Chicago Bulls in 6 games.
Until next time..
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Posted on May 14, 2011, in NBA, Playoffs and tagged Basketball, Bulls, Chicago Bulls, Dwyane Wade, Heat, LeBron, LeBron James, Miami, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Sports, Wade. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.