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5 Reasons the Chicago Bulls Are a Better Team Than the Miami Heat

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While they may not have a "Big 3", the Chicago Bulls can still go toe-to-toe with the highly-skilled Miami Heat. In fact, it can be argued that the Bulls are stronger in areas where the Heat are lacking. Here are the 5 reasons why the Chicago Bulls are a better team than the Miami Heat.

5. Better Point Guards

Derrick Rose, D.J. Augustin
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5. Better Point Guards

Derrick Rose, D.J. Augustin
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When he comes back, Derrick Rose is going to set the league on fire. But as he bides his time, Chicago has the talents of D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich keeping his spot on the court warm for now. Chicago's point men mix the aptitude of a floor general with the offensive skills of an in-tune shooting guard. Meanwhile, Mario Chalmers, as talented as he is, does not possess the qualities of any of the guards the Bulls put on the floor.

4. Better Coach

Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls, Coach
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4. Better Coach

Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls, Coach
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Tom Thibodeau, despite not having any rings to his name, still carries with him years of experience. Without him, it's arguable if the Bulls would have enjoyed the successes of the past few years. Can the same be said of Miami's coach Eric Spoelstra?

3. Joakim Noah

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3. Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, MVP
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Joakim Noah, team leader and underdog MVP candidate, makes the paint his territory every game. While Chris Andersen and Greg Oden are two of the league's most intimidating big men, they simply are unable to stand toe-to-toe with Noah.

2. Stronger Defense

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2. Stronger Defense

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Defense is Chicago's bread and butter, and they have the stats to prove it. Chicago has the second-best defensive efficiency rating in the league (97.9) and allow a 43.1 opponent field goal percentage; Miami has the 12th-best defensive efficiency rating (103.2) and allow a 45.7 opponent field goal percentage. Stats aside, the Bulls are just better equipped defensively than most other teams in the NBA, shutting down opposing offenses with ease.

1. Stronger Resolve, Team Chemistry

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1. Stronger Resolve, Team Chemistry

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In light of losing Rose to another season-ending injury, the Bulls were able to muster up the resolve to press on, emerging as a sleeper-candidate for the NBA Championship. Meanwhile, minor quibbles to the Heat (injuries to team stars, losing streaks, etc.) were seemingly enough to derail their momentum, bringing a three-peat into question. When it comes down to it, Chicago just has a stronger team chemistry that doesn't buckle under pressure.