He's simply locked in right now. Things were testy in this one, and that was before LeBron laid out John Lucas III on a screen. LeBron was doing serious damage to the Bulls way before that, muscling shots through the Chicago front line. At one point, LeBron had shot a scorching 23-of-27 dating back to Monday's game. Absurd.
That matchup with Rip Hamilton could get real interesting come playoff time, huh? After a slow start, Wade might have needed the spark. Sometimes we're too quick with the trigger calling a guy rusty after some days off, but Wade's jersey was practically layered with iron residue early on. With his shot offline, Wade went to work distributing the rock and attacking the rim.
After losing 5 pounds catching a stomach bug in Chicago a week ago, Haslem saw big minutes spotting for Chris Bosh, who was declared out with "bumps and bruises." Haslem usually decongests the Heat offense with jumpers, but he was dunking like it was 2006. The Heat needed a solid effort from Haslem, and he delivered.
He always seems to be in the middle of everything, doesn't he? Chalmers got into it with the Bulls seemingly every other play, but he walked the walk, so to speak. Chalmers backed it up with strong production at point guard. The Heat need this kind of energy and activity on both ends of the floor if they plan to go far.
Are we sure this wasn't a playoff game? For once, the Bulls met their match in the energy department. Lucas and Hamilton tried to get under the Heat's skin, to no avail. Although Chicago is used to playing without Derrick Rose by now, it's still remarkable how the Bulls maintain elite play without the reigning MVP. The star power finally overpowered the feisty Bulls.