Carlos Boozer finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were without Derrick Rose for the 99th straight game. Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler missed potential tying 3-pointers on the final possession of the season for Chicago, which dropped the last four games of the series.
A fast start and faster finish were enough to send the Miami Heat back to the Eastern Conference finals.
Last night the Memphis Grizzlies ended the playoff hopes of the Thunder. Lets be honest, not a lot of people gave them much of a chance after the Westbrook injury. I really like the way the Grizzlies are playing ball right now. Nobody is playing better defense and Zach Randolph is playing out of his mind.
Dwyane Wade is limping around in obvious pain. LeBron James’ shooting percentage is down. Shane Battier and Ray Allen have struggled to get anything going from 3-point range.
The little engine that could finally threw a gear. The Chicago Bulls might have been the most heartwarming tale going this postseason, but it’s over.
LeBron James scored 27 points and the Miami Heat nearly matched a franchise record for points allowed in a playoff game, pounding the listless and short-handed Chicago Bulls 88-65 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Chicago Bulls will likely be without the ailing Luol Deng and injured Kirk Hinrich for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday.
The suggestion that he’s a flopper drew a grin as wide as his wingspan from LeBron James. Miami’s superstar shot down the accusations from the Chicago Bulls, saying they reminded him of the days when some claimed he was overrated.
The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are getting ready for Friday’s pivotal game 3.
But I also happen to think this: Playing without Derrick Rose in the playoffs could actually be a very good thing for the Bulls in the long run.
Carlos Boozer said the Chicago Bulls were feeling cheated. Mario Chalmers said the Miami Heat thought they were getting too many cheap shots. Tensions and emotions are now nearly as high as the stakes.
The Miami Heat have been in this less-than-ideal spot before. They trailed Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, needed to win a pair of elimination games against Boston in the East finals and then dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals to Oklahoma City.