Tonight the Miami Heat will be taking on the Chicago Bulls for the first time since the Heat defeated the Bulls to win the Eastern Conference Championship last May.
Both teams are basically the same as last year, except this year everyone on the Heat is healthy. Luol Deng is the only question mark and it will really hurt Chicago if he doesn’t play tonight.
Normally, Deng would be asked to help cover LeBron, but if he isn’t healthy, it’ll all be up to Ronnie Brewer. The Bulls will not be able to contain Miami if they can’t contain LeBron. James will kick it out to the shooters and open 3s will be available. Dwyane Wade is healthy and will be slashing against his hometown team as usual, and Bosh will have trouble boxing out Boozer, but he will get his shots up because of the height difference.
As for the rest of the Heat, they need to play the same team basketball they did against the Bulls in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals last year. That was the best display of Heat team basketball against a very solid Bulls team. Mike Miller was back and making shots, and so was Udonis getting rebounds. The Heat have the advantage with Deng out for the Bulls and Derrick Rose not having an MVP year.
Expect the Heat to do a good job defending Derrick Rose. Bibby is no longer on the team, which means Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers will be able to play better defense. The Big Three will dominate and the role players will step up and the Heat will win. The Heat want to show they’re the best team in the East and there is no better way to show it than by stomping on the Bulls.