So far, the Miami Heat have put all that craziness from the beginning of their “Dream Team” season to rest, playing a fantastic post-season on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Then they got to Chicago last night and got chumped out.
Chicago swept Miami in the regular season, and if the Bulls keep this up, they’ll knock the Heat out of the playoffs, too.
Rose scored 28 points, Luol Deng ably contained LeBron James and the Bulls struck first in the Eastern Conference finals, pulling away to beat the Heat 103-82 in Game 1 on Sunday night.
“We felt like we could compete against anybody,” said Noah. “This is just a really exciting situation right now. The position that we’re in is unbelievable. … Nobody believed that we could be in this position right now.”
That belief, along with a major overhaul, led the Bulls to the league’s best record and rekindled an attitude not seen in the Windy City since the Michael Jordan era — when championships were an annual event.
Bosh led Miami with 30 points and nine rebounds. Wade scored 18 points, but the Heat simply were overmatched down the stretch.
“Dwyane and LeBron are going to create a lot of attention,” Bosh said. “This is a good defensive team. … They’re going to make them distributors. We have to look at where we fell short as a team for Game 1 and come back with a better approach.”
The Heat were leading 58-57 midway through the third when the Bulls made their move, reeling off 10 straight and seizing the momentum.
The Heat’s James Jones ended the run with a 3, but the Bulls simply weren’t about to be stopped. When Deng hit a 3 with 1:15 left to make it 72-63, the crowd jumped to its feet and roared. It opened a 14-3 run that stretched into the fourth and put the game away.
A franchise with a legacy to revive versus that ‘dream team’ out to prove they’re not as overrated as people think. This should be a really interesting series.