It’s almost a given that the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat will battle in the Eastern Conference Finals. Right now the two teams are battling for home court advantage. On Thursday night these two teams played and things got a little bit chippy. It is clear that these two teams don’t like each other. This is exactly what the NBA needs a rivalry like this.
The Heat won the game 83-72 but Bulls star Derrick Rose was once again out of the lineup. The first incident occurred when James Jones gave Joakim Noah a full check to the face. For that Jones was ejected and given a flagrant II foul. I think this was excessive and Jones deserved to be tossed.
The next chippy play involved Dwyane Wade and Rip Hamilton. Both players where going at each other the whole night. With Hamilton having the ball near the three point line he tried to make some space for himself. Wade did not like that and gave Hamilton a huge shove. Wade clearly is the stronger player received a flagrant 1 on the play. If it wasn’t a superstar player that did this he might have been tossed from the game.
Also another play that drew intention was when LeBron James set a huge pick on the little John Lucas. Of course Lucas did not like this but it was a great pick by James.
If the Heat played like this in the NBA finals , who knows they might have gotten a ring. They lacked that toughness in the finals. Hopefully Rose can get healthy and these two teams can go at each other at 100 % in the playoffs.
Check out the videos of all these plays below.