It could have been the absence of Dwyane Wade or maybe even LeBron James playing through a sore back, but the way the Miami Heat played as a unit on Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons was dreadful. Not only did the Heat get outperformed in every statistical category, but they lost at home to a team that was predicted to not even make the NBA playoffs.
The shining light in all of this is that the Heat typically don’t lose two games in a row which makes the Heat’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday in the Windy City very interesting. The loss of Derrick Rose for the season has absolutely crippled the Bulls in terms of motivation. Since Rose’s injury in Portland, the Bulls have lost four of their last five games. Granted most of these were on the road, but the way the Bulls’ offense has come to a screeching halt since Rose’s departure leads one to believe that it will only get worse for the Bulls here on out.
If the Bulls have done anything right this season that is defend home court. Chicago has only lost one game at home, so this will undoubtedly be a close matchup. Rebounding will be the Bulls’ greatest weapon, so look for Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson to try and punish the Heat’s front court lineup on the glass. Because of the Heat’s absurd depth and multiple offensive talents, the defending champs will ultimately pull away in this one, most likely in the fourth quarter. Without a steady offensive presence on the floor in Rose, the Bulls will ultimately lose down the stretch as they won’t be able to compete against the plethora of shooters the Heat can put on the floor.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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