There’s no other way to put this: the Heat were hot, the Bulls were not. The Bulls shot a horrid 15% from three and weren’t able to put together any hint of an offense for much of the night. It got worse as the game went along, as the Bulls shot 39% to the Heat’s 60% in the 3rd quarter. Demar Deorazan was 5 of 13 by the start of the 4th while Miami’s Gabe Vincent had racked up 4 threes and 20 points. Miami was able to spread the ball around and get the bench players involved, while the Bulls were stuck going through LaVine. He played well, getting 20 points of his own, but the Bulls’ predictability and lack of depth really hurt them this game.
Eastern Conference Matchup
The two teams were one game apart in the Eastern Conference standings and tonight would have been the Bull’s first regular season sweep of the Heat in years. Tonight shows the weaknesses of both teams; the Bulls lack depth and Miami depends on their streak shooting to win games. They will both struggle versus a team like the Bucks, who can win games through shooting, depth, or by playing in the paint.
However the Heat’s defense has turned a corner, forcing 40 turnovers in the 2 games previous to this one. That same mentality was on display as PJ tucker was stopping Vucevic and creating turnovers early and often. Jimmy Butler had three impressive steals in the first quarter and Bam Adebayo made an athletic leap to block a lob to Vucevic. The Heat were out to prove a point and ground the Bulls offense to a halt.
Gabe Vincent MVP
Gabe Vincent was the story of the third quarter as the Heat out shot the Bulls 59%-36%. He led the Heat with 20 points and was a terror throughout the game. During one play he ball-faked to drive from the three point line, then ball-faked again in the paint for the easy layup. He was deadly from distance and had quick hands on defense. The entire Miami team looks dangerous to drive on.
This game wasn’t about the stats or the stars, but about the constant suffocating defense from Miami. If they can find a way to do this against Giannis and the Bucks, the Heat have a chance of going deep into the playoffs.
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