The bike commute might have to become a regular thing. LeBron brought his game in this one. The first quarter was like a decathlon for LeBron, long-jumping on fast-break dunks and engaging in some backup point guard hurdles. The miscues down the stretch and missed free throws kept this grade from being a solid A.
The synergy between LeBron and Wade was borderline telekinetic in the Eastern Conference finals rematch. Wade racked up seven assists before he scored his first basket, which has to be a first for him. It's a good thing he could facilitate, because he wasn't sharp with his shot or shot selection. Wade woke up after Joakim Noah handcuffed him on the crunch-time layup.
Remember when Bosh went 1-for-18 against the Bulls? Bosh apparently doesn't. He opened the game with a silky jumper over Joakim Noah and didn't let up after that. He played efficiently and assertively, burying any memories of that awful shooting performance last season. Bosh outplayed the Bulls' frontcourt in this one, but needs more touches down the stretch.
One of the Heat's favorite mantras is that guarding Derrick Rose is never a one-on-one affair. It was true in this one as Rose routinely pierced the Heat's defense, maneuvering around Mario Chalmers with ease. LeBron tried guarding him down the stretch, but Rose asserted himself anyway. You could cover Rose with a blanket and he'd still find a way to score. He's that good.
Give Derrick Rose a ton of credit. After facing early foul trouble from Rose, the Bulls crawled back from an early 12-point deficit and kept the game close throughout. The Bulls were shorthanded without Luol Deng. Ronnie Brewer tried his best, but LeBron overpowered him in the post down the stretch. Can the East finals start already?