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Wednesday, May 15
Wade said he felt better tonight than he has felt in a while
Wade said he took a "mental day" yesterday. Said LeBron told him before the game: "I need one from you."
LeBron: "This is probably one of the toughest (close out games) I've had in my career."
Wade got the knee re-taped before 4th quarter: "I wanted it tight. I didn't go back because it wasn't feeling good."
Wade in the final 5:28: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 possession saved, 1 smothering closeout on Jimmy Butler.
Bosh on Wade: "He was just waiting, waiting, watching. And he see opportunity, he seized it, he really grabbed it by the throat."
Overheard in the hallway outside the Heat lockerroom. "Look, I'm not D-Wade. This is my suburban dad look." It was Shane Battier, of course.
Boozer said Bulls weren't healthy during a playoff run. They were in 2011.
I'd suggest to Stern that the NBA move the Bobcats to Seattle but that would be just cruel to their basketball fans.
Thibodeau on rallying back from early deficit: "Story of the season."
Spoelstra on Bulls' health: "It's a shame."
Jimmy Butler 48:00
It's crazy how the Heat pulled this one out. They did it with some timely baskets by Wade & Cole, solid team defense and lots of luck.
FINAL: Heat 94, Bulls 91. Heat takes series 4-1. Onto the Eastern Conference finals.
Miami wins 94-91. Wade saves best for last, all over Butler. Finished with 18/5/6. Indiana or New York next, Monday or Wednesday.
Nate gonna Nate?
LeBron is 5-for-14.
Yes, Wade's been great the past 3 minutes. Norris Cole started this.
Whatever Wade did in that lockerroom, probably a good move.
Tonight, it's OK for Spoelstra to cite Wade's plus-minus.
Thibodeau did a great job with this group. But I don't understand going only 6 deep tonight (Gibson just 8 minutes). Team's tired.
Wade with two floaters, now with 16 on 6/12, plus 6 assists. You know what he does with doubts.
Norris Cole was Carlton at midseason and now he's Will Smith.
The point guard minute distribution tonight is beyond comprehension.
As if the aching knee's not enough, Dwyane Wade gets to go another round with his old friend Rip Hamilton tonight.
Nate's throat punch downgraded to common foul.
Not a flagrant, but Cole was ahead of the play, so why not clear path?
Why not clear-path, too?
This is why Heat should have come out with more urgency tonight. Why mess with these guys for another game or 2?
Look to Tony Brothers left shoulder!
Flagrant called on Nate. To be reviewed.
No Duke love there. Boozer just gave Battier an extra little shove.
Andersen from Cole. Two energy guys in the game, and Heat play with more energy. Stunning.
Wade finally back to the bench. He must've triple-tied those shoes in the lockerroom.
Battier more animated than usual, as the drought ends.
Hmm, so Shane apparently hits 3-pointers, too.
Jimmy Butler short with a jumper. Well, maybe if he got to rest for a minute...
Bulls 77, Heat 69 entering 4Q.
Bulls are up 77-69 after 3. Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson have 58. Heat's Big Three have 43.
LeBron misses driving layup at buzzer. Heat trails 77-69 into the fourth. Wade not on bench.
Heat down 77-69 heading into fourth.
If any of this familiar, Rip Hamilton while with Detroit averaged 23.6 pts vs. Heat in 2005 East final and 20.3 vs. them in 2006 East final
Richard Hamilton getting back at the Heat for 2006.
Wade going to the locker room.
LeBron usually defers on the technical foul shots when Allen's on the floor.
LeBron is taking a tech free throw over Ray Allen. OK.
Thibodeau still going only six deep with Hamilton in the mix. Gibson's been out of it.
The Heat have revived Rip Hamilton, something they have come to regret.
Heat losing the rebound battle and not creating any Bulls turnovers for easy buckets.
LeBron starting with the hero-ball 3-pointers already.
Haslem's jersey is ripped, apparently by Boozer, and Halsem is making sure all three refs take a look.
I'm staring down at Norris Cole's flat top. So yes, he is on the bench.
Bosh coming out with FOUR fouls.
They put on the sound meter so people know to cheer.
Interestingly, I figured I'd mention if Pacers close out Knicks on Thursday and Heat-Bulls go 7, East finals don't start until Wednesday
The core Heat group hasn't successfully closed a tight game together since Cleveland on March 20. Something to keep in mind.
Heat backcourt is 0-for-8 from downtown, Bulls are 6-for-9. Pretty much sums it up.
Before going to line tonite with 6:01 left in 1st Q, Dwyane Wade had gone 98 minutes and 4 seconds on court without shooting a free throw.
If the Heat players had to fly commercial tomorrow, they'd be playing harder.
Technical foul on Boozer. Dumb play at this stage.
Technical on Boozer.
That was Kobe-like from Butler. Seriously, this is happening.
Mario Chalmers just dribbled 43 times and laid it up over the backboard. Good job, good effort.
Chalmers just threw the ball over the backboard...
Of course, many would prefer to see Mario Chalmers sit now.
Wade with 12 points, the player many preferred to sit tonight.
Dwyane Wade dies on screen, gives up 3-pointer to Belinelli. Heat trying to win without the hustle plays.
Can't get used to Wade spitting out the mouthpiece when he's angry.
Haslem's fourth foul with 10:57 to play in third period.
LeBron starts second half with turnover and then 27-foot 3-pointer.
LeBron was 0-1 in the second quarter where the Heat were outscored 32-17. Probably had something to do with it.
Mario Chalmers is starting the second half.
LeBron spends a couple minutes joking around with Will Smith.
Everyone other than Bosh or Wade was 0-for-9 in the second quarter. LeBron shot once in eight minutes.
As quiet as the United Center was for Game 4, it will be much louder for Game 6 if Bulls pull this off and bring it home.
Norris Cole played just seven minutes in the first half.
The Fresh Prince is courtside. Nothing else matters tonight.
Rip Hamilton is +20, Shane Battier is -23. OF COURSE.
Not sure if the Bulls can keep this up but it's at least a lot more fun then that last game.
Heat's worst quarter since Game 1 4Q. Outscored 32-17, and take 6-point deficit into the half. How's the Chicago weather?
Bulls up 53-47 at the half. Yes, up. Carlos Boozer has 19 points, Nate Robinson 14. LeBron and Wade each with 10.
Bulls 53-47 at half. Heat with their worst second quarter since . . .
Dwyane Wade leads the Heat in shots, 3 more than anyone else. Who saw that coming?
The Alaska matchup is especially one-sided tonight.
OK, Carlos Boozer 19 points in the first half, how many in the second?
OK, OK. Just stunned a bit. That's all. Up a gazillion to this. Thanks for the sedative tweeples.
i have never been so tickled at the fickle mindset of the HEAT nation .. as if you haven't seen this before …fear is so revealing friends
Figures that Carlos Boozer would show up big in the first half of a lost cause.
I can never get enough of the Golden Oldies dancers.
No truth to the rumor that Juwan Howard performed with the Golden Oldies during that timeout.