Notes from TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Sunday, May 22, 2011: The Miami Heat Chris Bosh The Chicago Bulls In Game 3

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Before we get into anything. This is the case. Now that that’s outta the way. In Game 3, the Miami Heat defeat the Chicago Bulls 96-85 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami is now a sparkling 7-0 at home. That being said, Miami was supposed to win this game.

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the 2011 NBA Eastern Conference Finals continues on Tuesday, May 24 at 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Seemingly on every pick and roll, the Heat doubled Derrick Rose (20 points). They made him work. They made him pass. They made him shoot off balance. Nothing was easy on the MVP. Carlos Boozer did have a great game with 26 and 17 but besides Luo Deng’s 14 and Taj Gibson’s 11, no other Bulls player sniffed double figures. Like I’ve said before, the Bulls have to rely on great defense and considering how talented the Heat’s big three are, I truly do not feel they’ll win another game. They have the defense and the mindset to make stops at critical times but they don’t have the overall talent offensively to go along with a determined defensive philosophy. They tried to run but it just didn’t seemed to fit in the right spots…looking forced. There are few NBA players who can keep up with Derrick Rose and even when he ran and got to the basket, there was someone waiting to contest. He has no help and until the Bulls can get a two guard to spell him like Wade has LeBron…or vice versa…they can only go but so far. Trust me, I know. I’m from Philly dammit (in his return game, I ask Iverson something at 1:17).

The Heat were led by Bosh with 34. James had 22 and 10 assists…looking like a 6’8″ quarterback while doing it…and Wade had 17. Haslem again did what he does and had a big 8…if 8 points can be considered big in any instance. I’ve said before that I didn’t think the Heat could win consistently with Bosh leading the team in scoring but with Wade and James playing efficiently and making sure everyone else is involved, maybe this is something they can do. He sure as hell wanted the ball and was aggressive every time he touched the rock. Miami got to every ball rotation…it seemed…before the ball was swung to the open passer. They scrambled and while they only had six steals, the rips they got were big and allowed them to get out in transition.

They played basic ball denial on Rose. Joakim Noah was expected to have a big series given the Bulls advantage down low but he could muster 1 point to go along with 5 boards and 6 assists.

Miami is able to rest with the games being spread out. It’s not looking good for Chicago. I guess there’s Tuesday right?

Oh…in this NBA…Joakim Noah is about to hear from Stern very soon after this but I guess all this is ok.

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Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kevin McHale and Kenny Smith

McHale on his concern for the Chicago Bulls’ offense: “Chicago is going to have a tough time scoring in this series.  Miami is set up more for the ‘Big Three’ to put more points on the board.  [The Bulls] need Carlos Boozer to get going and Luol Deng has really done a nice job against LeBron [James] so far but it takes so much energy.  I’m concerned about Chicago’s offense.”


Barkley on the importance of the benches in the series: “The team whose bench plays the best is going to win this series.”

McHale on teams having to play well at home: “I liked playing on the road, it was more fun.  At home, if you expect your home crowd to score points, they aren’t going to, you still have to go out there and play.  Home doesn’t mean you’re going to play better, home means you’re going to have more support.”


Barkley on the Western Conference Finals: “Dallas is going to beat Oklahoma City…they are too good.”

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Game 3: Chicago Bulls (85) @ Miami Heat (96); Miami leads the series 2-1

Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst) with Craig Sager, reporting


Kerr on the Bulls running offensive plays through center Joakim Noah: “Anytime Chicago struggles to score and Derrick Rose is having a tough time, they can run their offense through Joakim Noah because he’s such a beautiful passer.”


Miller on Bulls guard Keith Bogans’ shooting: “If it’s not Kyle Korver, who is the best shooter on this [Bulls] team, it’s got to be [Keith] Bogans who can stretch the floor with this three-point shooting.”


Kerr on how Heat reserve Udonis Haslem has changed the tone of the series: “[Udonis] Haslem changed the entire tone of Game 2 and possibly the series.  The Bulls advantage in this series is their depth.  Haslem, all of a sudden, playing the way he did, now they can match what the Bulls have coming off the bench.”


Kerr on Bulls forward Carlos Boozer: “[Boozer] has to be a double-double guy.  He has to score and rebound for the Bulls to win the series.”


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Johnson, Barkley, McHale and Smith

Barkley on someone from the bench needing to step up for the Bulls and the Heat: “Derrick Rose is the only person on the Bulls who can get his own shot.  He has to carry a huge burdon [because] he has to get all of those other guys involved.  On the other end with the Miami Heat, LeBron [James] and Dwyane [Wade] are the only two [who can create their own shot].  Somebody on the Bulls has to step up and someone on Miami has to step up from the bench.”


Smith on the Bulls defense: “[The Bulls] don’t allow the other team to make mistakes because they go isolation.  When you play isolation, it’s easy to read where everyone is coming from.  Make some body movement and make some ball movement because everyone makes mistakes defensively.  You can’t think that this team is going to let you score off a one-on-one play.”

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Kerr compares Bulls guard Keith Bogans to former Spurs guard Bruce Bowen: “[Bogans] is the Bulls version of Bruce Bowen.  He’s always going to take the opposing teams best offensive wing and at the other end, he’s going to spot up and makes shots occasionally.”

Miller: “Somewhere Bruce Bowen might have turned off his television set after hearing you compare Bogans to [him]…really?  No way.”

Kerr: “I love Bruce Bowen, he’s my guy but it’s not like he’s in the Hall of Fame or anything.”

Miller: “He’s no in the Hall of Fame but defensively; I think he’s much more advanced that Bogans.”

Kerr: “[Bogans] plays the role of Bruce Bowen.  I’m not saying he’s as good.”

Albert: “Will you two take this outside.”


Miller on the Heat’s “Big Three” being able to carry the team: “That’s something that 29 other teams don’t have…three guys that at any particular time can get hot.  That’s the plus that they have with those guys.”


Albert on Heat forward Chris Bosh having a big night in Game 3: “I know Chris Bosh has scored more points [in a game] but this is a career night in terms of game significance.”


Miller on the Heat’s defense in Game 3: “I’m giving all the credit to [Heat head coach] Erik Spoelstra and the Heat defense.  Their rotations all night have been a step quicker than the Chicago Bulls.”


Kerr on the Bulls confidence being rattled after losing Game 3: “It’s not just tonight [Game 3], it’s the last game [too].  When you put together back-to-back efforts defensively, if you’re Miami, what does that do to the psyche and confidence of Chicago?  Can they come back now after losing two games in a row?  They had four days to think about Game 2 and all the talk was about getting into transition and Derrick Rose was going to have a huge night.  You wonder if they’ll be able to muster the confidence to come back and win Game 4.”


TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Heat forward Chris Bosh following the game.


Bosh on his 34 point performance in Game 3: “I just wanted to be aggressive and have some sort of imprint on this series.  I had an aggressive Game 1.  Game 2 was so-so but we still won.  I just wanted to be aggressive and it turned out to be a good game.”



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Johnson, Barkley, McHale and Smith

McHale on the Bulls offense: “Chicago is walking the ball [up the court] too much.  They’ve got to push it and attack.  They have to find a way to score 95 points, they can’t expect to score 85 points and beat [the Heat].  They’ve got to push [the ball] and take more shots in transition.  They have to be aggressive overall.”


Smith on Chris Bosh’s impact on Game 3: “There are impactful points and impactful moments in the game.  Tonight, Bosh had impactful points at impactful times to start or finish runs.”


Barkley on the Bulls needing to speed the game up: “The Bulls do a really bad job of running.  They walk the ball up and down the court.  They’ve got to speed up the tempo of the game.”


Smith on the Bulls needing to be careful about playing at a higher tempo: “The one thing they have to concentrate on is speeding [up] the game but not making it a track meet.  If it becomes a track meet, then it’s Miami’s advantage.  But speeding the game up for [the Bulls] on the offensive end and getting some easier baskets.  They need to play at a higher tempo but not increasing the pace too much.”


Barkley on Bulls guard Derrick Rose: “Derrick Rose has to be Superman if the Bulls are going to win this series.  He’s the only guy on that team that can get his own shot.  Unless he becomes Superman, they’re not going to win.”

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Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. Deng F 42:00 6-13 0-0 2-5 -12 1 8 0 0 1 3 3 14
C. Boozer F 39:14 8-19 10-12 0-0 -6 7 17 1 2 0 1 3 26
J. Noah C 29:04 0-4 1-2 0-0 -10 1 5 6 2 0 2 5 1
D. Rose G 38:47 8-19 3-3 1-3 -13 1 5 5 0 1 2 2 20
K. Bogans G 18:12 1-3 1-2 1-3 -8 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 4
R. Brewer 25:04 2-6 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 4
O. Asik 15:21 0-3 0-0 0-0 -3 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
T. Gibson 12:21 5-6 1-2 0-0 -3 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 11
K. Korver 10:44 1-2 0-0 1-1 -6 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 3
C. Watson 9:13 1-2 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
B. Scalabrine DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 32-77
- 13 41 15 4 5 11 24 85
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. James F 43:55 6-13 9-9 1-2 +16 1 6 10 2 2 0 4 22
C. Bosh F 42:36 13-18 8-10 0-0 +15 0 5 2 1 2 2 2 34
J. Anthony C 29:03 1-2 1-2 0-0 +4 1 4 2 5 0 0 3 3
D. Wade G 39:29 6-17 5-6 0-1 +12 2 9 3 0 0 4 2 17
M. Bibby G 26:47 2-5 0-0 2-4 +3 0 3 0 0 1 1 2 6
U. Haslem 24:03 4-7 0-0 0-0 +3 1 4 1 0 1 1 1 8
M. Chalmers 21:13 2-3 2-2 0-1 +8 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 6
M. Miller 12:54 0-2 0-0 0-1 -6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
J. Magloire DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 34-67
- 5 32 20 8 6 10 17 96


Officials: Steve Javie, Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson
Attendance: 20,123
Time of Game: 2:29
Remember this Game 3. Listen to Hannah’s opening words. Bosh mirrors Mike’s 34.

9 Responses to “Notes from TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Sunday, May 22, 2011: The Miami Heat Chris Bosh The Chicago Bulls In Game 3”

  1. GrandNubian says:

    Great win for the Heat last night. Chris Bosh showed up “big time” and played with a lot of heart. I think Kenny Smith summed it up nicely (regarding Bosh’s performance).

    “There are impactful points and impactful moments in the game. Tonight, Bosh had impactful points at impactful times to start or finish runs.” — Kenny Smith

    Lebron had a good all-around game and was a beast on the defensive side of the ball. He might be the best defensive player in the NBA. Wade had a sub-par game, but did have 9 rebounds. However, Spolestra needs to allow Lebron to bring the ball up court because Wade was really screwing up last night by turning the ball over, forcing bad shots and trying to hard to draw fouls. Lebron allowed the game to come to him and chose his spots wisely to make an impact. His offensive play last night reminded me of Magic Johnson.

    Boozer showed up on the offensive end but, as Kenny Smith explained, his points weren’t impactful. The Bulls need a solid #2 guard. D-Rose can’t do it by his lonesome. As I said earlier in the playoffs, how good would the Bulls be IF they had signed Joe Johnson?

    In the last two games, Miami’s defense has been outstanding. The way they swarm to the ball and rotate from the double-team, sometimes it seems like they have 6 or 7 guys on the court. It’s amazing. If Mike Miller gets it going offensively, the Bulls can forget about it.

    On another note….listening to the halftime and postgame shows, Charles Barkley still will not give the Heat credit for playing great team defense. I think it was funny how Ernie asked if what he thought about the Heat’s defensive efforts in the last 2 games, since Chuck stated how the 2011 Bulls’ were the greatest defensive team he’d ever seen. Chuck tried to diminish the Heat’s team play by stating it was all Lebron and Wade. I find that appalling, especially since Joel Anthony had 5 blocks, Haslem was solid and Bibby and Chalmers worked hard to help contain Rose. No wonder the Miami crowd was chanting “Chuck, you suck!” during the post game show….lol.

  2. Ron Glover says:

    I said that the team that was capable of winning the “ugly” games would be worthy of winning this series. Those back to back plays by LeBron that ended with him in the photographer’s lap let me know who wanted it more.

    Carlos Boozer has been a huge disappointment, regardless of what he did last night.

  3. Temple3 says:

    I picked Chicago at the beginning of this series (and several months ago) to win in 6 or 7 games. For my money, the single greatest factor in this entire series has been the schedule. The Heat were abused in Game 1 last Sunday night, but had Monday and Tuesday to recover. Game 2 was played on Wednesday. The Heat won, expended lots of energy, and had Thursday, Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday to recover.

    Chicago’s advantage over the Heat is its youth and energy. To date, the scheduling of games has negated that advantage. Miami’s advantage over Chicago is in execution and shot-making. Last night, as in Game 2, they made A LOT OF JUMP SHOTS.

    That’s the key to the Heat winning this series…making jump shots and making hustle plays that can only be done with fresh legs.

    This same “quirk” in scheduling allowed the Lakers to escape the OKC Thunder last year. The Lakers were DEAD on their feet — got a couple of extra days and the series was over. The damage may have already been done, but if Chicago can play basically the same game, but getter a better shooting night from Rose (and play Korver fewer minutes), they’ll be fine; they’ll have home court advantage again; and the scheduling will favor the fit.

    Live by the J; die by the J.

  4. CAvard says:

    Apparently Derrick Rose is backtracking from some things he said eariler this week. According to an ESPN magazine article, Rose said something along the lines that “there’s too much steroids in the NBA.” Now Rose is claiming he never said that. The article is already/magazine already hit the news stands.

  5. TheLastPoet says:

    I agree with the man who has three temples, while everyone else only has two!

    Looking forward to an intense game 4 tomorrow night.

  6. Mizzo says:

    Spoke with Derrick Rose’s camp. I’ll have some info on this soon CA.

  7. GrandNubian says:

    Well, if the Bulls lose this series, I guess they can blame Oprah, since she was a catalyst in reserving the United Center to film her last show, forcing the NBA/Bulls to re-schedule.

  8. Temple3 says:

    GN: I know. It’s totally ironic.

    I think OKC will bounce back nicely tonite…but they need to win tonite and then think about a way to steal Game 5. I think it might make sense to try to play Collison and Nazr Mohammed for purposes of setting more high screens that draw Tyson Chandler away from the rim. Perkins can’t do that…neither can Ibaka. We’ll see how it goes.

  9. Mizzo says:

    Re: Kareem statue issue. This is what went down on twitter. Some of these cats don’t give a damn.

    Big House Gaines son put that together. I’m glad he did.

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