Where's all the talent in South Beach?
If Sunday was about trying to find the lone wolf voter, Monday was all about trying to find the Miami Heat. Because that sure as hell didn't look them on the court.
A day after the Twittersphere nearly imploded with bogus tweets — and threats — about who did not give LeBron James a first-place MVP vote, the Heat took the court at home on Monday night, appearing primed to serve up Round 1 of what would assuredly be a four-round TKO of short-handed Chicago in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
So of course: Bulls 93, Heat 86.
Series score: Bulls 1, Heat 0 (and home-court advantage now with Chicago).
Well, it started out well for the Heat and their King, what with the commissioner stopping by to drop off a gift before the game.
The Heat must have had some fight in them, just look at Nate Robinson's face.
But Robinson stitched up his lip and went for 27 points — you paying attention, D-Rose? Jimmy Butler — let us repeat — JIMMY BUTLER scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Chicago ended the game on a 10-0 run. And Marco Belinelli played like he sports the biggest set of cojones in the NBA.
And the Heat?
The almost-unanimous MVP had half as many points (2) as he has MVP trophies (4) in the first half. He finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. At least he had some ... ummm .... interesting kicks.
Oh yeah, Dwyane Wade scored 14 points. And that's it. Nobody else from Miami in double figures. Forty-percent shooting from the field. A rebounding deficit of 46-32. And 24 points in the fourth quarter — compared to Chicago's 35.
Apparently, the Heat forgot to wake up from their week off (literally). But coach Erik Spoelstra is in prime postseason form.
Doesn't it feel like we've seen this movie before?
So it's already time to ponder — can the Bulls, without Derrick Rose, without Luol Deng, without Kirk Hinrich, really beat the Heat in this series? More importantly:
• Will Heat Nation survive this loss?
• Will the haters love every moment of this?
See for yourself.
Heat won't lose another game this series— Cuffs The Legend (@CuffsTheLegend) May 7, 2013
Beating the Heat. So easy a caveman can do it. twitter.com/AthletesRT/sta…— Athletes. (@AthletesRT) May 7, 2013
Wise words from the god father. To all my heat fam. twitter.com/HEATNationTH/s…— 12 MORE WINS. (@HEATNationTH) May 7, 2013
All heat fans are laying on their floor listening to drake and looking like this twitter.com/jaturney/statu…— Jackson Turney (@jaturney) May 7, 2013
Yup, they went there again.
Lakers: No KobeOKC: No WestbrookBulls: No RoseCeltics:No RondoNuggets: No GallinariWarriors: No LeeHeat: No HairlineThe NBA Struggle.— Deno(@DCrowfield) May 7, 2013