The Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls began with an emphatic win by the Bulls in Miami, but has slowly turned in Miami's favor in every way.
After a blowout in game two, Miami proceeded to execute well enough down the stretch to hold onto a game three win, all the while Chicago players seemed to emotionally melt down for the second consecutive game.
Now, going into a game four on May 13, and with Miami holding a severe talent advantage, the writing is on the wall.
But that doesn't mean the Bulls don't have another win in them. Given their ability to overachieve this season, the Bulls could still make this series interesting with a win in game four.
Given the last two outcomes, how could they do it?
The Heat have beaten the Bulls the last few games in strange ways.
For one, although the Bulls are offensively challenged, they were still a team that finished sixth in the NBA in defensive rating and posted superior rebounding numbers to Miami. Over the last two games, Miami has shot 50 and 60 percent from the field, and outrebounded the Bulls in both contests. Now, the rebound margin may not tell the exact story, but Miami has nonetheless boarded better than expected the last two contests vs. the Bulls.
Miami is not only beating the Bulls by playing to their strengths, but they are also excelling at producing against the Bulls' strengths.
The fantastic play of Norris Cole has cancelled out the slow start to the postseason from Dwyane Wade, and Miami has been able to click the last few contests. With Derrick Rose likely not coming back this season, Miami's in position to put this series away.
There aren't many more tactical adjustments for these teams, armed with great head coaching, to make. The game plan is set in stone, and the better team will finish this series soon.
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Monday, May 13, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT