Sunday, November 1, 2009

11/01 Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat Preview

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami,FL
When: 6:00 PM EST
Television: Sun Sports


Chicago Bulls
PG - Derrick Rose
SG - John Salmons
SF - Luol Deng
PF - Tyrus Thomas
C - Joakim Noah

Miami Heat

PG - Mario Chalmers
SG - Dwyane Wade
SF - Quentin Richardson
PF - Michael Beasley
C - Jermaine O'Neal

The Heat finally got the monkey off their back by winning at Indiana on Friday - breaking a 14-game losing streak at Conseco Fieldhouse. Now they return home to face the Chicago Bulls (1-1) who are coming off an embarrassing loss at Boston.

The Bulls and Heat use disruptive defensive strategies to force turnovers and score on fast breaks. Miami has the advantage in the low post, with C Jermaine O'Neal averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds in the first two games of the season. The Bulls can counter with their athleticism and energy on both ends of the court.

One key match-up will be Chicago PG Derrick Rose versus Miami PG Mario Chalmers, which played against one another in the 2008 NCAA Tournament Championship - Chalmers came out on the winning end of that duel.

G Dwyane Wade has had the luxury of spreading the offensive weight across the team. The Heat will look to continue this balanced offensive approach in order to keep gaining positive results in their record.

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