On a night where the Miami Heat‘s big 3 weren’t at their best offensively, the Chicago Bulls still fell flat in a 107-95 loss that could have been much worse. The Bulls, and specifically Derrick Rose, just didn’t have it last night.
He was 4-for-15 from the field, including 1-for-7 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over five times as the Heat defense stifled him. His trademark explosiveness was only on display once on his opening bucket of the game on a night in which his rust really showed. The Heat were up big in this game pretty much from jump street. The game that we had all anticipated as a dogfight was essentially over by the end of the third quarter.
It was certainly a disappointment for such an anticipated affair. The pundits out there will have to re-evaluate considering the Bulls as the biggest threat to strip the Heat’s Easter Conference and NBA crown.
It is clear they don’t have the goods to do it. While the Heat have two superstars and one solid player in Chris Bosh, the Bulls rely far too heavily on Rose. When he is taken out of a ball game, they struggle big time. Whereas if you take LeBron James out of a game, which is few and far between, the Heat still have two other guys that can beat you consistently.
Secondary scoring has been a problem for the Bulls for years. Until the Bulls get a second star player to pair with Rose, I am afraid they will never take down the defending champs.