The Chicago Bulls were slaughtered last night, 88-65, by the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series. The Heat now hold a substantial 3-1 lead heading into Wednesday evening’s Game 5.
The Bulls again were without Luol Deng (illness) and Kirk Hinrich (calf), and have simply appeared to run out of steam. While coach Tom Thibodeau rejects the thought, the Bulls were clearly a step behind the Miami Heat all night long.
“No,” he said. “I think the thing is they’re [Heat] a great team. We have to come out with great intensity—but we also have to make shots.”
The Bulls did not make shots….
Chicago’s super-sub-turned-starter, Nate Robinson, had an abysmal shooting night, going 0 for everything in Game 4. The rest of the Bulls team seemed to follow suit, as they shot a combined 25.7% from the floor.
LeBron James was the head executioner, leading all scorers with 27 points, while adding his usual 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Chris Bosh chipped in with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks as the Heat won again despite another ugly outing (6 points) from Dwyane Wade. D-Wade‘s right knee appeared to be bothering him again, as he landed hard on it taking a fade-away jumper, though he was able to return after a trip to the locker room for re-taping.
The Heat will look to close out the series in front of their home crowd Wednesday night, while the Bulls will be fighting for their playoff lives.
As for the amount of fight the Bulls have left in them, we will have to just wait until Game 5 to see.