Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Bulls’

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It most certainly was not the series ending most NBA fans and analysts expected, or more accurately, hoped for.

The Miami Heat won Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, clinching the series 4-1. The Chicago Bulls had no answer for Miami’s 4th quarter magic for the fourth straight game. The Bulls led the Heat 77-67 with 2:40 left and the windy city could not have been louder or more supportive. Yet, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade apparently decided the series had gone on long enough.

The game seemed to favor Chicago, however.

The Bulls put their foot on the accelerator early and controlled the Heat the whole game. Their defense forced turnover after costly turnover. Once the game clock ran down around 3:00 in the 4th quarter, Rose and the rest of the Bulls coasted. They ran late shot clock plays that are just flat-out unproductive against a team as defensively capable to stop any offense as Miami is.

The Miami Heat have been the poster children for “love to hate ’em” teams. Well, the hate will continue in their wake to the 2011 NBA Finals Series.

The Dallas Mavericks, having won their clinching 4th game of the Western Conference Finals Series at home in Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, will no doubt have watched this game closely with the rest of the country.

Any Mav’ that denies watching the game, is either lying, or “Tivoed” it.

My opinion is that the Miami Heat just won their first title tonight. Delayed though the trophy ceremony might be going forward, (technically the Heat still have to play Dallas). Sorry Mark Cuban, but front row seats to your own team’s embarrassing execution are still front row. Right?

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There was a time (actually 20 years) when year in and year out, the Utah Jazz were contenders for both their division and often the conference title. How far the mighty have fallen.

This season saw Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer leave for the Chicago Bulls, Jerry Sloan throw in the towel, and Deron Williams traded to the New Jersy Nets.

Even after Karl Malone and John Stockton left, Sloan was able to piece together playoff seasons, but this year will take years to recover from.

Just more evidence that jumping the Jazz ship in ’99 was the right thing to do.

It doesn’t matter what color the uniforms, when LeBron and Kobe are going to be on the court at the same time, it’s the biggest event of the season. The fact that it’s only going to happen twice a year, presumably, until Kobe retires (barring a meeting in the NBA finals), turns the media and fans ravenous.

Discussions of who the better player is between the two, who would you rather have on your team, and endless comparison’s and polls (which I find ridiculous anyway since, clearly, LeBron is the superior player) can be found on every Sportscenter report, sports talk radio, and NBA pre-game interviews.

After losing to the Chicago Bulls at home, Coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned during his post-game interview that some “guys were crying in the locker room.” Needless to say, the media blew those words up to the point where it was front page news.

The Heat struggled their way to a 5 game losing streak going into this match-up with the Lakers.

Most NBA analysts wrote the Heat off after going winless in 5 straight games. Add in the fact that the Lakers were on an 8 games win streak, and I suppose you could find good justification.

LeBron, as he has in 10 of 16 games against Kobe (including the last 4 straight), walked off the court the victor.

Who’s crying now?