The Chicago Bulls were true to their name in tonight’s game. Outside the arena I heard the scuttlebutt in the huddle, “Chicago’s going to win tonight.” I thought I was in Chicago. Actually, I was on the wrong side of the American Airlines Arena. I was with the Bulls fans. How did I get here? Well, that’s another story. To go on with this story, the Bulls came on the court bullying their way from offense to defense. With that strategy they managed to stay a shot ahead of the Heat. Then, my boy, Udonis Haslem # 40 came in with a put back, (I’ve been hanging around the guys too long. That’s my basketball slang for putting the ball back into the rim when it is bounces out). That tied the score 12-12. Then Mario Chalmers # 15 hits a triple that gives the Heat a 2-point lead (15-17). LeBron took a steal and went like a locomotive to the rim. All the red bulls in the house got out of LeBron’s way making a clear path to the basket. Norris Cole # 30 gets the ball to Ray Allen # 34 who gives Miami a 6-point lead. (15-21). The Bulls respond; Jimmy Butler # 21 comes back with his second triple. LeBron gets through under the rim (18-23). The Refs are running out of breath from blowing the whistle. Another foul on Nate Robinson # 2. There is so much Red Bull on the floor from touching, holding, tackling, clawing and slinging body parts, testosterone is flowing up in here. After awhile, I couldn’t tell if more “red” was coming from the Chicago Bulls or from the fire of the Miami Heat. LeBron James # 6, 4-time MVP gets into a serious tangle with Joakim Noah # 13. Noah is fuming and gets so mad he gets a technical foul. (20-23) The Bulls gang up on LeBron 5 to 1 at the end of Q1 but the MVP manages to get through and get the ball in. (20-25). LeBron was like the monster in the commercial who was trying to keep it “clean” until his opponent had to talk about his past. Remember it was the Chicago Bulls who stopped the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak. “Oh you want to go there, well let’s bring it on.” In Q2 the Miami Heat put some charcoal on their fire. Up til then the Bulls were dishing out disrespect with disregard. But when the Heat came out of their huddle the season’s changed. The wind started blowing and leaves started falling off the trees. Chris Anderson a/k/a “Birdman # 11 came back in Q2 and he got physical, drawing a flagrant foul. We all have our limits. An elbow after the whistle gets a technical on a Bull. Then Nate Robinson gets a taunting technical foul called for something so x-rated the ref can’t repeat it on the air. This place is on fire with fiery red Bull. There might be some holes in the locker room tonight.
Good defense by the Heat forces Nate Robinson to shoot an air ball. Then Carlos Boozer # 5 shoots an air ball. Noah hits LeBron sending him down. Up to now there are 5-technical fouls and 1-flagrant. The Heat kicks it up a notch. Dwyane Wade # 3 runs the baseline and climbs up to the rim (38-44). LeBron hits 3 (38-47). LeBron passes to Wade who slams it in with a kick (38-49). Norris Cole hits 3 (41-52). Norris comes back and hits another 3, that’s cold (not cole) (41-55). Robinson takes an offensive foul when Shane Battier # 31 takes a stand. Robinson goes down and is slow getting up (41-58). LeBron throws up to the rim where Wade meets the ball and finishes (47-60). Boozer responds with 3 (43-60). Chris Bosh # 1 smoothly ducks the defense and dunks. A Chicago turnover allows Wade to give the ball a new home, advancing the score 47-68. LeBron forces a jump ball and the ball goes to Wade who hits a long 2 (47-72). LeBron steals and “Oh, my God,” what an awesome side-door pass to Wade. (Many houses in Florida don’t have side doors but I’m from Detroit where you needed more escapes to get out the house.) That was a sneaky pass that went un-noticed out the side-door. Hold on, did I miss something? That Bulls shot was so far off it looked like it hit a team-mate in the head. It was about as crooked as the score (51-75, Q3, 3:30). Chris Bosh # 1 hits one from the corner. LeBron comes with a behind-the-back pass to Ray Allen # 34. Then LeBron passes to Birdman who goes up and swings from the rim (54-82). Birdman rejects Chicago’s offense and sends the ball back down to Allen for 3 (54-85). Q3 ends with the Heat up 56-85.
LeBron lightens up on the bench with some humor while Shane Battier # 31 hits 3 from a pass by Norris Cole (56-89). Norris “Cold” hits 3 to cool the place off (55-91). Birdman jumps and blocks. Ray Allen scores and draws the foul. Do I see flames? We need some more “Cold” because the house is on fire. Noah takes a technical foul. Taj Gibson # 22 takes a flagrant. Gibson with hands flying and lips flapping is literally thrown out. Nearly picked up by the elbows. When Ray Allen finishes scoring at the free-throw line from all the fouls, the Heat is up nearly a half-a-century. A foul by Nazr Mohammed #48 sends Wade to the floor. Birdman is moving like a feather in the air and on the court, he just looks so restricted with all those tattoos. I wonder if they restrict your range of motion. They must not because I can’t imagine Birdman moving any faster. Norris Cole passes to Mike Miller # 13 who passes the ball back to Cole sending it to the rim. That was a nice “Cold Miller Beer” to quench tonight’s raging hot Bull.