What others are saying about Miami's Game 3 win
Here's a sampling of stories, blogs and columns reacting to Miami's 2-1 series lead over the Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals:
Clock is ticking for Bulls
Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: Time is running out on the Bulls even if LeBron James and Dwyane Wade rarely are. The transition stuff that is hurting Chicago most hasn't been Miami's dreaded and thundering fast break but rather, the Bulls' own transition from a 10-armed, 10-legged defensive beast to something way less snarly. And their change offensively from a diversified and potent-enough attack built around an explosive MVP to something, well, quite constipated.
Wake up, Bosh haters
Daniel Barber, Yahoo!: Keep on lambasting (Chris) Bosh as soft. Keep on repeating all the ridiculous remarks. Keep on hating. You're only adding fuel to the fire that is obviously burning deep and hot in Chris' heart, and we'll see who gets burned. Bosh, and his teammates are going to hoist that Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of this season, and when they do, I imagine (Shaquille) O'Neal and all the haters will be grimacing when it happens."
Spoelstra getting best of Thibs
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: On the list of series surprises in these Eastern Conference finals, right up there with Chris Bosh emerging as the Heat's most consistent scoring threat, there's Erik Spoelstra having a better coaching run than his Chicago counterpart, Tom Thibodeau. Anyone have this one? No? Not even any of the crickets I hear chirping? After the Bulls won Game 1 by 21 points and it looked like we might have a huge coaching mismatch on our hands, it's been Spoelstra whose tweaks have made the bigger impact, resulting in a 2-1 series lead for the Heat.
The comforts of home
Greg Cote, MiamiHerald.com: This joint might look like any other basketball arena, but it works like a safe haven for this team. Like a place where wounds magically heal. "The one place in America," forward James Jones describes home, "where we aren't booed when we step on the floor." Miami is 7-0 now in this postseason at home. No big deal? Well, no other team is unbeaten at home in this postseason, and only one team in history -- the 1995-96 Chicago Jordanaires -- has won an NBA title with a perfect home record.