Since LeBron James left Cleveland and headed to South Beach, the Miami Heat have become a powerhouse. Teams like the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics have been able to frustrate King James and company at times, but aside from Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks defeating the Heat during the first year of the “Big Three Era” in the 2011 Finals, no one has been able to beat Erik Spoelstra’s squad in a seven-game series.
We know that the Chicago Bulls have been running on fumes for their entire playoff run, what with their lineup decimated by injuries and all.
That said, the futility the Bulls displayed during a disastrous Game 4 was stupefying. Of course, a large helping of credit goes to the Miami Heat, whose defense was stifling, but this was no ordinary stinkbomb by a bad offensive team.
Since the Chicago Bulls’ upset of the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their second round playoff series, players on both teams have been flopping across the line separating playing hard and acting like a child. Statistically speaking, last night’s Game 3 wasn’t as chippy as Wednesday’s Game 2, which featured nine technical fouls, one flagrant foul, two ejections, and some meme-worthy fan rage.
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is unlikely to play in Game 3 of his team’s second-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, but at the very least he seems to finally be getting healthy.
Deng has been suffering through a bout with the flu that got so bad he was given a spinal tap to detect spinal meningitis (it came back negative). He has missed the last four games, mostly as a result of complications from the spinal tap.
How great have the NBA Playoffs been so far?
It seems like every night multiple games come down to the final possession. In the second round, five of the six games have been hotly contested thus far, with the New York Knicks’ Game 2 blowout of the Indiana Pacers being the lone outlier (Indiana was up by two until an absurd 36-4 second-half run by the Knicks closed the door).