Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Last year I remember every time Heat was down in a series (and that happened in 3 out of 4 series) - everyone thought they are done. It's a 7 game series for a reason. Heat got this. Not worried about the Bulls at all even if Rose comes back.
Ya, they got this no question. The quality of shots that they got were considerably better than what Chicago got, and will even out over the course of the series.
That being said, Chicago showed the blueprint of how to beat Miami, and it's with great help side defense. Dunno if you caught it, but they also ran some of that Strong Side Zone that I was talking about a while back when LeBron was iso'd on the wing. Chicago's defensive rotations are superb, and Jimmy Butler did a tremendous job of limiting LeBron's drives to the hoop. The angles he were taking were interesting in that he was ball pressuring LeBron, but as soon as he dribbled Butler was surrendering any shot outside of 5 feet. Just let him have it. Credit to Thibodeau for a very well conceived game plan on short notice.
Chicago ultimately doesn't have enough offense to beat Miami in a series, and Indiana (who I think will beat NY) has great rotations, except Hibbert's too slow, IMO. The one team out west that I think can beat Miami is Memphis, because they are very similar to Chicago on the defensive end, but have a little more in terms of weapons on the offensive end.
Either way, I'd be shocked if Miami didn't win it all. Chicago didn't get "lucky" tonight by any means, but I just don't think they can score consistently on the type of looks they were knocking down tonight.