The NBA: 2013 Playoffs: First Blood to the Bulls

Nate Robinson and the Bulls stunned the Heat in Game 1
(Image from: Lyne Sladky/AP)
#incrediBULL #firstblood #StreakBusters
The Chicago Bulls are feisty, ferocious and all heart. They beat the healthy and rested Heat even without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich. Nate Robinson literally drew first blood with a bloody lip that needed stitches. That did not stop him from scoring 27 points to lead all scorers. Miami was ahead by 3 with 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter but the Bulls did not quit as they scored 10 straight to win by 7. Chicago snapped Miami's 12-game win streak and seized the home-court advantage. It was a total team effort by the Bulls as Noah, Belinelli, Butler and Gibson played crucial roles in orchestrating this win. The Bulls held the Heat to below 40% shooting and Miami only had James and Wade in double figures. An ailing Noah thoroughly outplayed a healthy Bosh. Miami cant allow guys like Robinson, Butler and Noah to play better than the Big 3 if they want to win the series.

#NatetheGreat #ironman 
Nate Robinson made tough shots down the stretch and was clutch. He gave the Bulls the lead then followed that up with a layup after Dwyane Wade inexplicably launched a three which he badly missed. LeBron then airballed a mid-range jumper that ended any type of Heat rally. Robinson toyed with the defense of Allen and Chalmers. The battle between Marquette alumni was one-sided as Jimmy Butler played his best game as a Bull with 21 points and 14 rebounds in 48 minutes. Butler has played 3 straight games without rest and still managed to play better than Wade and Bosh combined. You can point out that Miami was probably rusty from not playing in a week BUT isn't that much better compared to Chicago who has a massive injury list? Miami was rested and healthy while the Bulls played 7 games and were missing 2 starters.

#whatagame #clutch #comeback #freebasketball
The Warriors were up by 16 in the 4th quarter and practically led the entire way. Steph Curry was hot and on his way to a 40+ game while Ginobili and Parker struggled shooting. Duncan was also nursing a stomach flu so he was not a 100% and was on the bench. Most of us thought the game was over right? Wrong! The Spurs made a comeback and even had a chance to win in the first OT but Manu hit the back board. We ended up with 2 overtime periods and more amazing basketball. Kent Bazemore, a rookie for the Warriors gave his team the lead with about 3 seconds to go. That was enough time for the Spurs to run a play for Ginobili who was wide open for a clutch 3 due to a defensive breakdown by the Dubs. Barnes and Jack doubled Parker which gave Manu a wide-open shot for the win. Manu calmly made the shot after missing his previous 7 shots. Onions.

#spicyhotcurry #fatigue
Steph Curry was scorching hot during the 3rd quarter as he torched the Spurs with 22 points including 14 straight at one point. That was his second 20+ points in a quarter during these playoffs. Curry finished with 44 points and added 11 assists while playing a whopping 58 minutes. He did not take even a second to rest and that probably cost the Warriors a chance to steal Game 1. Curry started missing a lot of his jumpers during San Antonio's comeback. The Warriors also did a lot of watching and standing as Curry opted to do isolation plays. In the OT periods, Curry scored a total of 6 points. Another made jumper could have ended in a Warriors' win but fatigue probably caught up with him. Coach Jackson needs to find a way to give Curry a break to have him perform at his optimum level. Let's not forget that Curry has surgically-repaired ankles too which should make the Warriors extra cautious with his health and rest.

#Stats #News
  • Bulls pounded the glass 46-32 and were +8 in points in the paint
  • Ray Allen was a game-worst -16
  • Robinson and Butler outscored the Heat 3
  • 2 of the 3 Miami losses since February have been vs Chicago
  • The Warriors have lost 30 straight in San Antonio. Last win was in 1997
  • The Warriors shot 14-24 FTS while the Spurs 24-28
  • David Lee was active but did not play
#Player of the Night
Nate Robinson (Bulls) - 27 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists AND lots of swagger!

#Highlights of the Night
Back and Forth between Bazemore and Manu
Nate the Great for the Lead

#Tweets of the Night
Barkley: "If you know Nate he thinks he's better than Derrick Rose."

Coach Pop just said it all about Manu: "I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook breakfast for him tomorrow."
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