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Reactions to Heat's Game 2 win

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  • Taj Gibson of the Bulls gets sandwiched between Udonis Haslem, left, and Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals at the United Center Wednesday.

      Taj Gibson of the Bulls gets sandwiched between Udonis Haslem, left, and Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat during Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals at the United Center Wednesday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 

Here's a glance at some comments by writers and fans following Miami's the Game 2 victory over the Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals:

Scrappiness returns

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"It's not about Chicago's dominance of Miami this season.

Now it's about the Heat's offensive adjustments and the Heat's scrappiness and the power of three.

It's about the rediscovery of Udonis Haslem and with it, apparently, the strengthening of the Heat's heart.

It's about the Heat suddenly looking dominant at the right time. With just one win."

-- Israel Gutierrez, Miami Herald

Trading punches

"In the end, a so-so performance turned into a puncher's chance, and a puncher's chance resulted in a fourth-quarter knockout.

Oh, and while the Heat's 85-75 grinder Wednesday night might not be an aesthetic delight, it was a reminder that they can win any style that Chicago chooses to play."

-- Dave D'Alessandro, New Jersey Star Ledger

Hope lives on

"The Heat have hope now, having downed the Bulls for the first time in five tries this season. And the Bulls, who had long since eliminated the fear factor that can come with the South Beach squadron, should be afraid."

-- Sam Amick, SI.com

Haslem's timing perfect

"The timing couldn't have been more perfect.

After all, Miami -- searching for front-line answers to Chicago's unique athleticism at the forward and center positions -- went into Game 2 wondering whether Haslem could aid the effort in any meaningful manner.

He did.

Oh, how he did, and Spoelstra might have a decision to make regarding his starting lineup."

-- Greg Stoda, Palm Beach Post

No worries

"Typical LeBron, bad game, good game and the result probably will be the same. No championship!!!"

-- Reader comment, Cleveland Plain Dealer

A Willis moment

"Were he a bigger name -- had (Udonis) Haslem not been eclipsed from the start by Miami's free-agent superstar shopping spree or kept so neatly in his niche through eight NBA seasons -- what he did in Game 2 might have ranked as a Willis Reed moment. His injury wasn't as ghastly or as fresh as Rajon Rondo's in the Heat's previous series, but where the Boston point guard had adrenaline and a full sweat to get him past that dangling left arm for a night, Haslem had only rust."

-- Steve Aschburner, NBA.com

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