Bulls 51 , Heat 56 — HALFTIME
MIAMI — The Bulls reverted back to their ways of last year where they started games slow. That was the case in Miami as the Heat jumped out to a huge lead early but after switching to zone the Bulls were able to settle in and make it a ball game.
Foul trouble is a theme in the first half for the Bulls as Derrick Rose picked up two quick fouls. All of the Bulls starters have at least one foul heading into the half with Carlos Boozer boasting 3 personals.
The Heat have displayed their lightning quick offense thus far with the flashy alley-oops for style points early. The most embarrassing of which was a LeBron James dunk where he leapt over John Lucas, slam dunk contest style.
That’s pretty much the Bulls first half in a nut shell.
Offensively the Bulls have been inconstant. Kyle Korver has missed some crucial shots and Boozer got off to a wicked slow start to pile on the offensive woes. The Bulls are shooting around 44 percent which is just two percent lower then the Heat, but it’s the rebounding game that is proving to be the difference.
That small margin in shooting percentage is magnified and amplified by the Bulls being minus 3 rebounding. The Heat have made their money today in the fastbreak as well. The fast breaks for Miami have slowed significantly but they had 8 points off turnovers in the first half. With the Bulls only trailing by 5, those points are crucial.
Derrick Rose may be in foul trouble with two personals, but he won’t be sitting anytime soon. He took a short break after picking up his second but Tom Thibodeau has gambled and so far won by keeping Rose in despite the fouls. He’s played 21 minutes so far but he;s not been the game changer he needs to be and that’s saying a lot considering when he’s on the court, he has changed the game.
But the Bulls want him to be an efficient scorer and change the game that way. Rose is 4 for 10 and has missed his only three point attempt. If Chicago wants to win, Rose needs to pick up his perimeter scoring game.
The game means nothing in terms of deciding who the better team is, but should the Bulls win the argument can be made to the contrary. If Chicago wins it’ll be without Luol Deng, arguably one of the only guys n the league that can handle LeBron James. Being as injury riddled as they are, beating the a full strength Heat team may not win you a championship today but it can instill the confidence in you that at some point this season you will.