Carlos Boozer appeared in the clear. The Bulls veteran stripped Chris Bosh clean, pounded two dribbles and gathered steam to storm toward the rim. But, against the Heat, you are rarely alone, and never for long. Stride after stride, his lead shrunk, as the squeak of size-16 footsteps undoubtedly filled his ears and altered his approach.
LeBron James wouldn’t even need to swat Boozer’s shot to impact the play. He flubbed the layup, one of many short shots the Bulls missed during a 105-93 Miami victory, one in which Chicago shot 32.1 percent from inside the arc, one that raised Miami’s record in its past 37 games to a staggering 35-2.
“We’ve been good,” Bosh understated.
No, they’ve been brilliant for roughly 10 weeks, and their dominance over that stretch is diminished little by the fact that several opponents, like Chicago, have been less than full strength.
Sunday, the Heat played with close to their full complement, sitting only Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem, and did so for likely the last time with meaningless contests against Cleveland and Orlando on tap, and the playoffs starting against Milwaukee next weekend.