Tonight, expect the all-stars to be on the floor in South Beach. Chicago still has the best record in the NBA, but Miami only trails by 2.5 games for the top spot in the East.
Bulls guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton:
“We had a bad loss against Washington and we talked about getting back to playing how we play and that’s rebounding, playing defense and trying to share the basketball. We just want to get out there and hopefully get a win. Miami has a lot of special players. It won’t be easy.
In regards to his health:
“Each and every game I get better and that’s a good thing,” Hamilton said. “When I first came back the problem wasn’t getting shots that I wanted to get it was just being able to get in a rhythm and get a feel for the game again. I’m definitely pleased with that’s going on.”
Bulls reigning and current Coach of the Year candidate, Tom Thibodeau:
“Everyone was sharing the ball, so the ball was hopping and they were making the right plays. Defensively was very good. Rebounding was very good. And then the most important thing was the low turnovers.”
These powerhouses are very familiar with each other and are expected to clash in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch. Tonight is the last look they will get at each other until a possible playoff series, and a great test to see where they are with the playoffs around the corner. We may see some vanilla game plans, but these are not only the best defensive and rebounding teams, but the best in the business scrapping for the #1 seed.