Heat Beat Bulls in OT; Take 3-1 Series Lead

As I said in my previous post, Game 4 was a must-win game for the Chicago Bulls. The reason: if they didn’t win, they’d fall into a 3-1 ditch and into the hands of the Miami Heat. Looks like we jinxed it after all….

Last night, it seemed like the Heat made all the hustle plays; all the plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet. These plays include diving for loose balls, hustling on defense, and setting good screens on offense. You may not think these

The Heat look to Close Out the Series Tommrow Night against the Bulls

plays make a difference, but they make a big difference in the outcome of the game. Because, lets face it, most teams have around the same “level” of talent. What really sets them apart is their hustle and their mentality. If they always hustle, give 110%, and are mentally tough, they will probably win most games. Thats why the Lakers and Celtics win most games; although they have more talent, what really sets them apart is their mental toughness. Have you ever seen Kobe Bryant in the 4th quarter, with less then 4:00 min left? He is lights out when the game is on the line. This is thanks to his mental attitude that says, “I can hit this shot, and I don’t give a crap what everyone else think.” Although he might hog the ball a bit, most of the times its for a good reason: he’s clutch.

Getting back to the Bulls/Heat series: the Bulls lost last night. This put them in a deep hole, probably too deep to climb out of. Hopefully MVP Derrick Rose can lead his team to some back-to-back wins so they can force a Game 7. That would be really exciting for me considering I’m a Bulls fan. Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 pm ET.

For more on this story, go to:ย http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2011/columns/story?columnist=adande_ja&page=heathustle-110525

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Posted on May 25, 2011, in Pro Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Clint Keaton

    Hustle play were absolutely crucial in the Heat’s victory, but I do think there is a lot separating these teams contrary to what everyone is saying. The Heat have 3 all-stars, the Bulls have 1. Hopefully Chicago can go get one to play with Rose next year, because I don’t see any of these guys jumping up to that level with Derrick anytime soon.

    • footballnutz17

      totally right about the hustle.
      Heat are overwhelming them…i hate to say it. but they are

      I think the player w/ the best chance to get on D-roses level next year is Deng…but thats just me
      Thanks for commenting/reading it!

  2. Clint Keaton

    I could see Noah making an all-star game but everyone would know he’s not the guy Rose needs to take it to next level, but the way Deng is getting shutdown in the series by LeBron, somehow I don’t think he’ll ever get to that level, let alone make an all-star game. I think they’ll need to sign a FA in the offseason, or make a trade for a player like Stack Jack or Rip Hamilton or something, but I could be wrong.

    • footballnutz17

      I think Deng is just having a bad series man, i think hes a good player…but needs to get better

      Yea noah is good enough to make an all-star game.but its all popularity so they’ll vote YAO even if he retires..

      They should trade for Hamilton like u said…

  3. I like everything you said except “Because, lets face it, most teams have around the same โ€œlevelโ€ of talent”

    No other sport requires talent more than the NBA that’s why LeBron’s in the playoffs every year.

  4. I want baseball. ๐Ÿ™‚

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