“We don’t like the Miami Heat,” Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah said, following a 22-point victory. “A lot of battles. A lot of scars. A lot of tough losses. A lot of seasons ending because of them.” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
And all of that pain and frustration boiled over Thursday night in the form of boards, which Chicago abused them in 49-27.
They outhustled, outworked and out performed Miami in every aspect of the glass. So much so, that Noah single-handedly out rebounded the Heat by halftime. It even got to the point where coach Erik Spoelstra sat in the middle of a huddle and asked, “Who wants to compete?”
That’s not necessarily the type of question that you would expect to be poised to two-time defending champs, but you could tell that Miami wasn’t into it from the beginning. They were settling for jumpers and looking like the poster children for a lack of effort. You can credit part of that to missing their energizer Chris Andersen, however, he cannot be used as the only excuse. They just played pathetically.
Maybe pundits don’t care because the Heat are a virtual lock for one of the top two spots in an Eastern Conference that’s so bad. But between the fans and the organization, anxiety is bubbling quite high.
“We’ve had two [butt]-whippings in a row,” center Chris Bosh said, when factoring in Tuesday’s loss at American Airlines Arena to the Detroit Pistons. “We have to look at what’s going on.” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
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