Despite the unbelievable, amazing win last night - which was awesome. I think that last night highlighted some concerns as well, which could be a factor throughout the series.
Primarily, the concerns relate to the job the heat did on D-rose. He was totally unable to penetrate the lane all night, and was unable to make quick decisions to pass to the open guy. Despite his high assists, he's actually not a great passer - he doesn't have phenomenal vision and sometimes waits a beat too long before making the pass. This is generally not a problem because he is so incredibly quick, and so strong that he draws 3 or 4 defenders in the lane every time he drives, making passes much easier, getting fouled, or making shots that only he can make.
Last night, Miami forced him to take open jumpers, which means they did their job on him. Happens to be he hit his jumpers last night, which, if he could do regularly, would make him the most unstoppable player in the NBA (he's pretty close already). but he doesn't hit jumpers regularly, and you can't count on him to continue to hit outside shots. Furthermore, while Korver will hopefully round back into form (last night was a good start) the bulls can't rely on outside shooting to be as good as it was last night.
the other concern is Luol Deng. his minutes have been discussed all year, and he's managed to play at a high level all year despite the minutes. but i still get nervous given the beating he takes. He is too important to the team to get injured or slow down substantially. he's the only other guy aside from rose whose absence would kill this team.
This is not to say I'm not thrilled with the outcome, or that there aren't major positives (the bulls bench, rebounding, hustle, Deng's smothering D - despite my worries, TAJ!) just that a 21 point win might mask some problems that can come back to haunt the bulls. Not to channel Thibs talking about room for improvement after a big win - but i won't feel comfortable until i see the bulls extend this success in additional games.
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