No Luol Deng. No Kirk Hinrich. Obviously, no Derrick Rose. Clearly, no problem for the Chicago Bulls, who delivered a clear message to the Miami Heat in game 1.
The Heat came out flat in the opening quarter, scoring just 15 points. Just about everyone looked rusty, as Shane Battier led the team after the first period with 3 points on 1-5 shooting.
The game was a close contest throughout, with Miami seemingly in control. However, Nate Robinson had other ideas. Little Nate came up huge in the first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, and his clutch baskets lifted the Bulls to a victory Monday night.
Miami’s late-game execution uncharacteristically faltered, involving a LeBron James airball jumper and Dwyane Wade bricked three-pointer.
Most say that a playoff series does not start until a team wins on the road. Well, the Bulls – Heat series just started.