There are certain things you can control, and some that are meaningless to talk or write about. After the Heat’s 96-85 game 3 win over the Bulls, all the talk is about the Bulls offense. How should they attack the Heat, they should have made a deal at the deadline, Kyle Korver should play more, and Carloz Boozer being called out for the dog he is on the defensive end. People are clamoring for Korver to play more despite the fact that he would have a hard time guarding an orange cone if it had a Heat jersey on.
I agree that the Bulls need to isolate Derrick Rose more, because the pick and roll game with Joakim Noah is doing nothing but bringing another defender to harass Rose. When you look at Boozer’s line of 26 points & 17 boards you think, wow, he had a great game. Sure, if all that counted was what he did on the Heat’s side of the floor. Boozer’s defense continues to be atrocious. It’s no wonder that his teammates are growing frustrated with his indifference that end of the floor. Hey, as long as he’s getting his though, right? Whatever.
You also can’t control what didn’t happen at the trade deadline. Would Courtney Lee be making a huge difference right now? The answer is no if you were giving it some thought. Lee is a nice player, but he isn’t a difference maker. Now, if Michael Heisley wasn’t a jack-off and let his GM deal with the Bulls, O.J. Mayo might be alongside Rose instead of the 3 headed nightmare. Juice would make a difference because it would give the Bulls another shooter, and more importantly, another guy who can create his own shot. I spent most of Sunday night wishing there was a way to put 21 year-old Tracy McGrady on this Bulls team to help alleviate some of the burden Rose faces every night.
Those are things that cannot be changed at this point in the season. To talk and or write about them is meaningless. What should be talked about is how the Bulls lost their heads early on Sunday night. Joakim Noah stupidly crashed the boards off of another Boozer close to rim miss, and picked up his 2nd foul. He was mentally shot after that, and physically useless for the rest of the game. When he shouted out a gay slur to a Heat “fan” sitting behind the Bulls bench, I knew the moment and the pressure had gotten to him just like Wade, Bron, & Bosh get the Bulls on head fakes. Seeing them fall for these head fakes makes my skin crawl. It’s as if the Heat say jump, and the Bulls say, how high? Sure, the “fan” that Noah called a “fucking faggot” might just be one. I wouldn’t doubt it, but Noah’s mind and focus needs to be in the moment. He can’t be distracted by what some white shirt wearing douchebag is saying to him. He might as well have not played after that point.
Taj Gibson came in and immediately started talking shit to Chris Bosh who proceeded to put a spin move on him that still has Taj tripping over himself. What happened to the team that didn’t retaliate to silliness, played through abysmal officiating, and just played basketball? The pressure looked as if it got to the Bulls Sunday night, and that’s a scary thought for a team facing a must win Tuesday.
Trying to talk garbage and get in the Heat’s head must have been one of the pre-game objectives. Even Keith Bogans got into it. Bogans tried to get into Dwyane Wade’s kitchen, but Wade just kept playing, kept crying to the refs, and eventually caught Bogans sleeping for a back door jumper that capped a 10-2 Heat run.
Losing your cool and playing the fake tough role is not a way to win road playoff games against a more talented team. Missing shots on offense is obviously discouraging, but it doesn’t mean that you have to get in bully mode. The immaturity the Bulls showed during game 3 was reminiscent of how the Bulls reacted to the Pistons in ’88, ’89, & ’90. The Bulls would get baited & overreact while the Pistons just played basketball. This Heat team isn’t some unbeatable super team. Sure, it gets frustrating when Wade kicks his leg out and gets a foul call. I understand that it’s maddening to see LeBron be able to play by his own rules, one travel at a time. That doesn’t mean you have to get out of your game. The Bulls are right there, but being mentally weak against the best front running team in the league is a death sentence. The last two games have showed just how hard it is for a young team to make “the leap” in one year. Unless you are the ’08 Celtics or possibly this Heat team, winning the title in your 1st crack at it is virtually impossible.
To win game 4, the Bulls need to get back to playing the style they played all season. They need to get out and run more(16 fast break points won’t cut it). They need to play through refs who allow LeBron to take 4 steps every time he drives to the basket. Getting back their defensive identity and not allowing Bosh and the Heat to shoot 51% wouldn’t be a bad start either. I know, the defense will only play at a championship level once Boozer comes out.
The Bulls have not lost 3 consecutive games all season. Can they rise up and steal homecourt advantage back? It’s possible, but they cannot act like immature playground ballers or else this thing will be over by Tuesday night. No team was more steady during the season than this Bulls team. It’s time for them to stop acting like fake tough bitches, and play as if they belong on this stage. After the way some of them acted Sunday night, I’m beginning to wonder if they do.
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