Next Level: Bulls vs. Heat

Here are some stats to ponder as the Bulls try to go up 2-0 on the Heat on Wednesday:

  • Limiting Heat in transition: In the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Heat got 52 percent of their transition opportunities from defensive rebounds, scoring 54 of their 114 transition points on those plays. With the Bulls grabbing 19 offensive rebounds in Game 1, the Heat were only able to generate two of their seven transition opportunities (28.6 percent) on defensive boards, scoring two points in the process.

  • It’s about superstars: Derrick Rose was the MVP of the regular season. Now he is making a case for MVP of the playoffs, as he has scored or assisted on 48.7 percent of the Bulls points, which is second only to the Hornets' Chris Paul.

    For the Heat, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have combined to score or assist on 806 of the team’s 1029 points, 69 of which were to each other. If you exclude the points from Wade’s and James’s assists to each other, the duo has accounted for 71.6 percent (737/1029) of the Heat’s points.

  • LeBron’s lack of an attack: In Game 1 of the East finals, LeBron James failed to make multiple field goals inside of 10 feet for the fifth time this season, including the playoffs. It was also the first time this postseason that James failed to draw multiple fouls in the same range.

    -- Compiled by John McTigue and Toby Petitpas