Come on, now. Surely, you didn't expect the Bulls to sweep the Heat. Miami is too good a team for that.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra finally found the option he needed to end a four-game losing streak against the Bulls.
After three quarters, that option appeared to be reserve forward Udonis Haslem.
Coming into Game 2 on Wednesday night, Haslem had played only seven scoreless and rebound-less minutes.
But in the third quarter, Haslem scored nine points on 4-for-4 shooting to help the Heat take a six-point lead after three and hush the sellout crowd of 23,007 at the United Center.
"The only way you can hush a road crowd is to put the ball in the basket," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.
After the Heat was outrebounded 45-33 in Game 1, Spoelstra stressed the need for improved rebounding and second-chance points.
''We just need to come in with a better mentality to rebound," forward Chris Bosh said. "We don't need a change in personnel. We need a change in our personality in the paint.
"There's nothing we can do now to change our personality. We are who we are as individual players and as a team. We just have to have a different mentality to go get the ball."
Spoelstra emphasized that improved rebounding wasn't a problem for the Heat because it had been a good rebounding team all season.
"We just need to be the Miami Heat," Wade said. "Be the Heat and play our roles."
Does Wade feel the Bulls are better now than they were during the regular season?
"Not really," Wade said. "I thought they were good then, and they've remained consistent. We had some close games with them this season, and they found ways to win at our place and here.
Bulls hit by Heat's secret weapon: Udonis Haslem
Chicago Sun-Times | May 19