The Chicago Bulls started the game playing their usual brand of tough and aggressive basketball, who would have thought Nate Robinson, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer would be no-shows in what should have been a close scoring game with a victory that was up for grabs with both teams having the opportunity to run away with the win.
More impressively, the Miami Heat came into the game with a different focus and brought along their own version of bully ball to match wits with physical play of the Chicago Bulls. I think the referees had a plan to completely ruin the first three quarters of the game, a plan that many Chicago fans would argue played right into the hands of the Miami Heat. Despite the horrible officiating by the NBA referees, Norris Cole contained Nate Robinson and kept him completely under wraps. Eric Spoelstra’s choice to double-team Robinson to stop his dribble penetration was nothing short of genius.
Nine technical fouls and two ejections later, here we are in the fourth quarter, the Miami big three are resting on the bench enjoying a 30+ point lead while a frustrated Bulls bench sit and watch angry and cannot wait until the next battle. Will Derick Rose return for game 3? Are the Chicago Bulls exposed? How will the Chicago Bulls respond to the worst playoff loss in franchise history? Stay tuned for the next game.