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Game 1 Preview: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat

I wouldn’t ask for another series.

On one hand there are the Chicago “I-Try-So-Hard” Bulls — on the other, the Miami “Can’t-Stop-LeBron” Heat.

The Streak-killers versus the win-streakers.

The grind and the grit versus the glitz and the glam.  It’s perfect.

Individually, the matchups are

Add in some significant doses of Nate “Probably-The-Most-Irrationally-Confident-Human-Ever-After” Robinson, the most entertaining, lovable, hateable, NBA player in recent memory, and you have one of the more polarizing Eastern Conference Semifinal series in the past couple of years.

My Three Bold Predictions:

  1. Mike Miller shoots a gazillion percent from three — Not really, but Mike Miller is going to go off on the Bulls.  They’re going to concentrate so much on LeBron and Wade, and with many of the Bulls players not 100% there is going to be a lot of drive-and-kick action.  This means lots of open threes for Mike Miller.
  2. Carlos Boozer does not score in double-figures in a single game — I’m 10000000% convinced that Carlos Boozer should not be making $13.5 million this year.  It simply shouldn’t happen.  There’s gotta be something in the Geneva Convention that states that Carlos Boozer should not make more than $10 million a year.  He’s not that good, and the only reason people thinks he’s good is that he plays well against bad teams.  The Heat are not a bad team.
  3. The Heat sweep – The Bulls are a shell of a team.  Joakim Noah has a plantar fasciitis problem.  Luol Deng just got a freakin’ spinal tap because they thought he had viral meningitis.  Kirk Hinrich just missed three straight games of a series (including a Game 7) due to a bruised left knee. And even if Hinrich plays, his injury might even make him a detriment to the team.  The Bulls are battered and bruised and are about to be K.O’d.

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