Our Chicago Bulls kept us at the edge of our seats in Game 5 as they gave us one final gutsy performance to end their wild playoff run. The Bulls came back from an 18-point deficit in the first, buy viagra led by 11 and then gave up an 8-point lead in the fourth quarter to open up a window for the Heat. In the end, pharmacy heart and hustle wasn’t enough to take out the defending champion Miami Heat who closed out the series 94-91 at the American Airline Arena Wednesday. It was a heartbreaking final stand from Chicago.
Impressive is the only accurate word to describe the Bulls’ season. Burdened with torn ligaments, case plantar fasciitis, back spasms and a missing franchise All-Star point guard the shorthanded Bulls never gave up. They made an actual playoff run, defeated a healthy Brooklyn Nets team in round one and truly challenged a full strength Heat team. Nothing to be disappointed about there.
The Heat are heading to their third straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance and the Bulls are heading to their practice facility until next fall. The Bulls’ snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak earlier this season, but the Heat snapped the Bulls 2013 season. Talk about leaving a sour taste in your mouth. Keep reading to see how our Bulls went out in style.
What You Need to Know:
- Carlos Boozer was huge Wednesday night with 26 points and 14 rebounds – he actually played like he deserved his big ‘ol contract. Nate Robinson got feisty and added 21 points. Jimmy Butler played another great game overall and finished with 19 points (we can’t wait to see what Jimmy has in store next season). The biggest boost for the Bulls in Game 5 was Rip Hamiltonwho scored an additional 15 points.
- Lebron James led the Heat with 23 points and eight assists, but the biggest difference maker was Dwyane Wade’s fourth quarter performance. The Chicago native struggled through the first three quarters with his ailing knees, but in the fourth Wade reminded the NBA he’s a future Hall of Famer and has two rings for a reason. Wade finished with 18 points and put a little spanking on the Bulls egos.
- After such an intense and physical series, there wasn’t any hand slapping or comradery between these rivals. One bro-hug between Nate Robinson and Ray Allen was about as friendly as it got. It has become apparent that there is no love between the “White Hot” Heat and the fearless Bulls. Let the rivalry continue.
Your Take Away Piece:
“You can’t be anything but proud of our Chicago Bulls. They took on the defending champs without three of their starting players. In the end, the Bulls got too tired and lost steam, but their passion and consistent fight is admirable.”
That’s a wrap folks! It’s time to put this injury ridden season behind us and get excited for the real Derrick Rose return next fall. Watch out Heat. The Bulls are coming back next season healthy and hungry for a title. However, the roster could see some changes this off-season with Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed, and Rip Hamilton’s future as a Bull all still TBD.
The Heat will face the Indiana Pacers (ugh another Bulls’ rival) or the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals and the winner will head to the NBA Finals to take on the Western Conference Champion (either the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies). Keep your eyes peeled for more NBA playoff details!