Monday, April 30, 2007

Series Wrap-Up: Bulls-Heat

Bulls win series 4-0. That the Bulls eliminated the Heat is not a surprise. That Miami never really had a chance of winning a single game the series is shocking. In completing the sweep, Chicago scored 99.8 points per game while holding Miami, who shot their series-high 46.8% from the field in Game 1, to just under 89 a game. Miami had no answer on defense for Luol Deng, who was the best player in the series. Udonis Haslem was the only non-disappointing member of the Heat other than Dwayne Wade (who was clearly at less than 100% but fought like hell for his team!). Miami needed more out of Shaq (7.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game), James Posey (under 40% from the field for the series; Game 4: 1-8 FG, 18 rebounds, ONE offensive rebound! How the hell do you do that?) and Eddie Jones (7.7 points, 3 boards, 1.7 assists/game).

The Bulls turned a corner as a playoff team in this series, not wasting any time in closing out an opponent with championship experience. It was important that Chicago, who will face the Detroit Pistons in the next round to determine the likely Eastern Conference champion, not allow the Pistons much rest after their sweep of Orlando. This sweep of the Heat is exactly why the Bulls gave Ben Wallace a monster contract last summer. So far, so good!

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