As Dwayne wade came back to the starting lineup on Wednesday night from knee treatment, the Heat closed out the tough Chicago Bulls 94-91 to Advance to the Conference Finals.
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The heat seemed invincible in the first quarter. Starting the game with an 18 to 4 run in the first six minuets of the game. The Bulls cut the lead down to 30-21 at the end of the first.
Nate Robinson hit his first field goal since game three towards the end of the first quarter: going 0 of 12 in game four. Despite that fact, he let that ball go in the air just as many times as any other game. Steve Kerr the former NBA star commentating the game said “This guy (Robinson) is unbreakable”. Well Kerr I certainly agree.
The Heat was scoreless in the paint in the second quarter going 0 for 5. At the end of the half the Bulls had fought their way back to take a 53-47 lead. Robinson ended the half with 14, Carlos Boozer followed up with 19. For the heat LeBron James and Wade had 10 a piece. This was the largest half time deficit for Miami in this postseason and only the second time trailing at the half.
The Quiet Factor
Jimmy Butler is indeed the quiet sniper nobody knows about. Coming into the league not much minuets were available for him, but whenever his name has been called, he has shown up! The former Marquette Eagle averaged a little over eight points a game in the regular season. That average has increased against Miami netting in 14 a game in this series: scoring 21 in game one. Another quiet factor was Rip Hamilton who did step up to make key plays during the fourth to finishing with 15 points.
Norris Cole has been a quiet factor, but it did not seem like it in the first half scoring no points. As we all remember him and Nate Robinson put on a show earlier in the series. He hit a crucial shot in mid fourth quarter to take the lead for the Heat, following up with a slam to excite the crowd.
Wade left to head to the locker room, but during a side line interview coach Erik Spoelstra of the heat said “He probably went to go fix his shoe” so we should not expect any knee issues. The heat looked frustrated both Chris Bosh and Udonis haslem picked up four fouls. Rip Hamilton did have the hot hand finishing with 11 points at the end of the quarter. The Bulls still kept the lead ending the third with a 77-69 lead.
Shane Battier scored the first eight points in the fourth quarter for the heat. He has struggled throughout the series shooting 28 percent from the field. This brings the question, why hasn’t Erik Spoelstra used Mike Miller? -who single handedly won them game 5 in the finals during last year’s championship game.
Dwayne Wade became the “flash” everyone knows him to be exploding in the last five minutes of the game. To help the Miami heat Advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Wade told Greg Sager “I know the fourth was going to be tough…I knew I had to come and play” he for sure did come to play helping his team close out the Bulls 4-1.
Lebron James: 23 points, 8 assist, 7 rebounds.
Dwayne wade: 18 points, 6 assist, 5 rebounds
Chris Bosh: 12 points, 7 rebounds.
Nate Robinson: 21 points, 6 assist.
Carlos Boozer: 26 points, 14 points.
Jimmy Butler: 19 points, 5 rebounds.