Whether it's simply one team giving public respect to another or simply coach- and player-speak, the Miami Heat won't be taking the Chicago Bulls likely when the two begin their best-of-seven series tomorrow evening.

The Heat had shootaround this afternoon in South Beach and expressed admiration for the way the Bulls battled through seven games against the fourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets.

"They're kind of like the Boston Celtics, in the sense that no matter what happens with them they won't go away," Wade said of his Round 2 opponents. "They've got tough guys, mentally, physically, and they're gonna fight so no matter who's in that uniform they're gonna give it their all.

"And they've taken on the personality of their head coach, so they earned the right to be in this round and they've played unbelievably hard all season long. It's gonna be a good series for us and we're looking forward to the challenge."

Challenge was a word the Heat didn't need to worry about in Round 1, disposing of another Central Division opponent--the Milwaukee Bucks--in four quick games that were all decided by double-digit margins.

Often times the Heat were accused of coasting through the regular season--though the wins continued to pile up regardless--but they won't have any problem getting up for a series against a team that is quickly becoming one of their biggest rivals in the Eastern Conference.