|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAAlthough the Bulls improved their offense in Game Three against the Heat, Miami was just a little bit better in almost every category that mattered.
The Heat's offense was on fire, despite low-scoring nights from the biggest two of the Big Three. As a result, the Bulls went down in Miami, losing 96-85 to give the Heat the 2-1 series lead.
This Chicago Bulls team has never been known for its offense, and Game Three was no different, with the team shooting 41.6% from the field. While that is better than their terribly off night in Game Two, it was not enough to overcome the Heat's 50.7% shot percentage. Miami made a couple more shots than the Bulls and got to the foul line more often and shot better when they were there.
The Bulls have been off on their free throws in their two losses in this series. They were not even over 70% in Game Two, and made 16-of-21 in Game Three. By contrast, the Miami Heat went 25-of-29 from the foul line. A couple more made field goals and nine more free throws were enough to give the Heat the slight victory.
While Carlos Boozer awakened from his nearly permanent slumber last night to score a team high 26 points and grab 17 rebounds. But Chris Bosh had just a slightly better night for the Heat, scoring 34 points and getting into an offensive rhythm that the Bulls had no answer for. MVP Derrick Rose was held to just 4-of-12 from the field on a disappointing night.
It is becoming more clear with every game in this series that the Bulls have almost no offense to rely upon, and that their scoring options are just not good enough against the Heat. In their Game One win, Chicago shot just 44.6% in the half-court, by far their highest of the series. In the two losses, the Bulls shot 30.6% and 40.3% running their half-court offense.
Unless Chicago can come up with an answer to the problem of how to score points more efficiently, they will keep dominating the offensive glass, but without much to show for it. With the Heat shooting 44-50% in all three games so far, the Bulls simply can not shoot so poorly, whether or not Miami's superstars have an off-night or are on fire the entire game.