#TWDSPORTS : NBA: Playoffs – Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls – Eastern Conference Semi-Final

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The windy city receptively welcomes game three of the intense, adrenalin-filled best of seven NBA Eastern Conference semi-final between reigning world champions, Miami Heat (66-16), and Chicago Bulls (45-37) hosted at the United Center live tonight; where it’s all or nothing to keep the series alive for the Chicagoan hosts.

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With Miami Heat clutching firmly onto a 2-1 lead in the series, the Chicago Bulls haven’t shown trepidation or fear as they have shown zest with their hardened, rough-neck approach; Joakim Noah, Carlos

Boozer, Nate Robinson and  Marco Belinelli have provided the surging spark plug to take Miami to the distance.

Chicago Bulls veteran center, Nazr Mohammad, explicitly – and foolishly – forcefully shoved NBA reigning MVP, Lebron James, to the hardwood after a verbal confrontation in game two; ultimately leading to a flagrant foul, thus demonstrating the passionate fire that burns in post-season showdowns.

Team Stat Leaders

 

MIA

CHI

Points L. James 23.7 N. Robinson 17.4
Rebounds C. Bosh 8.9 J. Noah 9.7
Assists L. James 7.1 K. Hinrich 5.8
Steals D. Wade 2.0 K. Hinrich 2.0
Blocks C. Bosh 1.7 J. Noah 2.5

The victors of this present series will go head to head with either Indiana Pacers or New York Knicks in the NBA Eastern Conference playoff final; Indiana Pacers lead New York Knicks 2-1 respectively at this given moment in time.

Miami Heat can shift focus – and intensity – to unforeseen heights when their backs are against the wall as they head to Illinois; which was exhibited in the playoffs against Boston Celtics in the playoffs in 2012, and more poignantly – in game two of this very semi-final series.

Miami Heat Vs Chicago Bulls (Playoffs Game 3 Highlights)

“Both teams are tough and aggressive. It’s playoff basketball. We’re both rivals. They acknowledged it. We acknowledged it. It’s just guys going after it playing like they don’t like each other. But it’s just playoff basketball’ commented Chicago Bulls power forward, Taj Gibson.

Ray Allen, 37, has performed magnificiently in his first season in South Beach; instant offense reheating from the pine, that has seen Ray (Allen) become the NBA all-time leader in three point shots bucketed, surpassing hall-of-famers in Reggie Miller and Larry Bird. In addition, Chris Andersen, Norris Cole, Mike Miller understand their roles perfectly in aiding a repeat with their overall sacrificial production.

Chris Bosh has been of fine significance in the series against Chicago Bulls, as he deviates great attention opposition from opposition defense; which is geared around LeBron James on offense. NBA all-star ,Chris Bosh, scored 20 points, along with grabbing 19 rebounds in an inspirational showing in game three, as the Heat took the upper hand.

For Miami Heat, two out of three isn’t bad. However, this series is far from over…

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Words by : Dean Perretta [ @Dean2185 ]

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