Pretty nice that there's no game for a couple days so we can bask in this victory further. A couple more quick things.
Looking at the Watson game-tying 3, one thing that stood out upon a closer look was the deftness of Carlos Boozer's pass to the other side of the floor. It comes back to mind when reading Ira Winderman question the Heat's strategy in that possession:
And you don't foul at the end of regulation with Boozer's back to the basket and Chicago down three why?
Forgetting the overall strategy in that situation, I think Boozer's play made it nearly impossible for Miami to execute it.
As Alex pointed out earlier today, Thibs went small a lot, and
Ethan Sherwood Strauss Rob Mahoney at Bleacher Report (it's true! they've upped their game) points out that both teams are changing how defenses can operate.
Between Omer Asik, Taj Gibson, Ronny Turiaf, Udonis Haslem, Joakim Noah, Joel Anthony and Chris Bosh, Chicago and Miami ran out an entire stable of quick, flexible defensive bigs. And in LeBron James, Luol Deng, Dwyane Wade, Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson and Mario Chalmers, both teams had perimeter players capable of switching to cover multiple positions if need be.
The speed throughout the lineups of both teams is astounding, and the widespread ability for perimeter players to pester bigs and interior players to shade quicker opponents was a beautiful showcase of an apositional basketball world. There were roles and responsibilities within each team's systems, but they were fluid even over the course of a given possession.
It's no coincidence that the best in the league are on another level when it comes to utilizing personnel in unique ways; cling to orthodoxy if you must, but the league's elite teams defy it at every turn with their increasingly elastic alignments.
He then goes on to further praise Mr. versatility himself, Luol Deng for Deng's work in denying early post-position for LeBron, which is always nice to see because Luol Deng's a damned warrior.