May 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) dribbles as Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli (8) defends during the second half in game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Bulls won 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Three Keys To Game 4

  1. Three Point Shooting — The Chicago Bulls are 23-for-62 (37%) from three point range in this series.  The Miami Heat are 24-for-62 (39%) from three point range.  Whichever team shoots better from three point range will make those momentum-generating runs that are extremely important in a game that will probably be decided by three, four, or five points.
  2. The Heat’s Bench Play — Both of these teams have not relied on their benches much during this series; it has generally been the starters that have played the bulk of the minutes.  For the Heat, this has been a deviation from the regular season, where the bench played crucial minutes and in some cases, won games by themselves when the Big Three were resting.  Now, key players like Mike Miller (who has played all of 16 minutes this series) and Chris Andersen (37 minutes played) find themselves sitting on the bench.  How these bench players impact the game when they give Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James a breather will determine the success of the Miami Heat.  So far, the bench players haven’t been that effective (Mike Miller has only shot 1-5 from three point land) — we’ll see if that changes in Game 4.
  3. Be Physical – To be perfectly honest, I loved Nazr Mohammed’s shove.  One, he got himself ejected which was great for the Heat.  But two, it set the “eff-you” tone for the entire game.  The Bulls let the Heat know that they weren’t going to take crap from LeBron, and the Heat let the Bulls know that just because the game was in Chicago didn’t mean the Bulls were going to win.  The Heat need to have the same attitude before Game 4.


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