By Brandon Robinson, WARR Contributor
After a widely unexpected and convincing 93-86 Bulls victory in game one against Miami, the Heat channeled their inner James Brown and got The Big Payback on Wednesday night. Miami’s 115-78 blowout Wednesday night was anchored with a solid 19 points 5 rebounds and 9 rebounds by LeBron James and 21 points in nearly 19 minutes off the bench from Ray Allen.
The walking medical ward that is the Bulls roster — again without all-star Luol Deng and still without Derrick Rose –were led by the trio of Nate Robinson (11 points), Joakim Noah (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Marco Bellinelli (13 points, 6 assists).
The Bulls never had the lead in game 2 — the closest Miami let the Bulls in was a 42-38 lead in the first half.
Chicago’s Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah were frustrated with calls in game 2 and were subsequently ejected in the fourth quarter. Gibson was fined $25,000 by the league for ‘verbal abuse of refs in game 2.
With the Bulls’ return home, amid their 37 point loss in Miami on Wednesday, expect them to come out swinging. They cannot replicate the lackluster performance from Wednesday. Carlos Boozer must step up in game 3. Consistent throughout round one against Brooklyn, Boozer had 8 points and 4 rebounds in game 2. Expect Noah
As reported earlier in the day on ESPN Chicago, Hinrich and Deng are out.
Derrick Rose will not get his Willis Reed on tonight. He will not suit up for Chicago, either.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Central time at the United Center in Chicago.
Brandon Robinson began his journalism career at 12 years old with the NBA’s Nets Basketball, hosting the kids radio show, Nets Slammin’ Planet on New York radio with Nets legend Albert King and Lynn Wilson. His show was featured on NBA Inside Stuff with Ahmad Rashad, Hoop Magazine, MSG Network and Fox Sports Network. He has interviewed everyone from U.S. governors, athletes and television personalities, earning the nickname “Scoop B.” He covered the Nets inaugural season in Brooklyn for BrooklynFans.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScoopB.