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Preview: Chicago Bulls (43-36) At Miami Heat (63-16) -- Grudge Match

Last time the Bulls and the Heat played (on March 27th), the Bulls broke Miami’s win streak at 27.  Much of the conversation after the game focussed on LeBron’s comments about the officiating.

  1. “First of all, Kirk Hinrich in the first quarter basically grabbed me with two hands and brought me to the ground.”
  2. “And the last one, Taj Gibson was able to collar me around my shoulder and bring me to the ground.
  3. “Those are not basketball plays. And it’s been happening all year.”

Video of LeBron’s comments:

Highlights from Bulls-Heat (3/27):

It will be interesting what the officiating will be like for today’s game, especially if the Bulls play as physically as they did the last time these teams met.  Will we see more flagrant fouls?  Will we see more chippy play?

What fireworks, if any, we see during the game will come down to which players actually play.  LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and Chalmers all played against Boston, but will they play today’s game against Chicago?  My guess is probably, considering that the Heat want to absolutely crush Chicago and avenge their loss against the Bulls.

The final question to ask is how well will LeBron play?  Is he pissed off enough to go all “Eastern Conference Finals Game 6″-Lebron from last year, or does he not care that much?  My guess is that he does care, and that he will put in a vintage performance tonight.

Finally, the Bulls have not played well away from home, going 20-19 this season — unfortunately for the Bulls, the Heat have been superb at home, going 35-4 at the American Airlines Arena.  So while it is likely this will be a tight game (especially with a Tom Thibodeau-coached team) the Heat have too much quality to lose this game at home.

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