They trailed Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, needed to win a pair of elimination games against Boston in the East finals and then dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals to Oklahoma City. And when it was all said and done, the Heat walked away with the title.
So that might explain why there was no sense of panic in Heat land on Tuesday, and not even much of a sense of anger. Dropping Game 1 of the East semifinals to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night was hardly what the Heat wanted, though could end up serving as a wake-up call for a team that made it through a 66-win regular season without many rough patches.
“We haven’t lost in a while, so it was very different to come in here and deal with a loss and to deal with it in the playoffs at home,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said after a video-and-practice session. “It was different from the standpoint of what we’ve been used to lately, but not anything different from what we’ve been used to as a team. We’ve been in tough moments. We’ve lost games before.”
Chicago’s 93-86 win in the series opener was filled with statistical anomalies, such as Miami shooting just under 40 percent (its second-worst showing in 87 games overall this season) and the Bulls scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter — matching the most the Heat allowed in the final 12 minutes of regulation all season.
Still, the Heat know some things still need to change, and in a hurry, or else the reigning champions could be in a gigantic amount of trouble.
Earlier today on The Charlie Bernstein Show, Sam Smith of Bulls.com talked to Charlie about the Heat-Bulls series. Smith also talked about Derrick Rose. Do the fans in Chicago still support Rose?
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