Embarrassing performance for James, Wade
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, by themselves, had almost as many turnovers as the Bulls in the Heat's loss Sunday.
May 16th, 2011
04:50 PM ET Embarrassing performance for James, Wade

With two dunks to kick off the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, the Miami Heat looked poised to dominate the Derrick Rose-led Bulls on Sunday.

Needless to say, things didn't go as planned.

As's Ian Thomsen explains, in a 103-82 rout of Miami, the Bulls flexed their defensive muscles early and capitalized on less-than-stellar performances from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to win Game 1.

"This was an embarrassing performance for a pair of stars who pride themselves on team play," Thomsen writes. "The Heat's minus-5 assist-to-turnover difference (11 to 16) was written in fire-engine red ink. James and Wade shared equal blame in a combined eight turnovers, one fewer than Chicago as a team. The Bulls have now won all four games this season against Miami, and this was their most important and emphatic victory. It was a triumph of team play against two individuals."

Though the Heat and Bulls were tied going into the half, Chicago dominated the remainder of the game, casting aside early shooting struggles in favor of more ball movement and better results. While Game 1 highlighted Miami shortcomings - and showcased some of the Bulls' greatest strengths - to think that the Heat will take their loss lying down would be a mistake. Stay tuned for Game 2 Wednesday night.

Up tonight:

Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox (7:10 p.m. ET) - The Red Sox will look to win their fourth straight game.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. stewie

    Da Bulls are back.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    DA BULLS!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stewie

    Cesar, funny that we posted nearly the same thing at the very same time.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. stewie

    Some no good troll will have something to say about that I'm sure.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Stewie: True. @banasy: hi my dear friend. The trolls are asleep.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    this means nothing. Miami had this from the start.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @Cesar: hi, darlin'. The trolls will wake all too soon, I'm afraid.


    May 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @Mike: Nope.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stewie

    Miami hasn't proven they can beat Da Bulls yet so we'll see soon.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    banasy, will you meet me at the gay bar tonight? I need you to drill my pooper real good so I can be refreshed enough to post my gay comments tomorrow on every blog.

    May 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Sure thing Cesar! You know I like my wiener smother in poo! Will you polish it like you did last time?

    May 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Of course I will! That is my favourite part. It is my main source of protein too!

    May 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris Hansen

    @ banasy + Cesar 7:03, 7:06..... Seriously? Can't you two go exchange fantasies on yahoo or something? Im going to vomit.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. stewie

    That's not the real banasy and cesar, that's a troll trolling them.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cricket

    They're trolls who have stolen usernames, Chris Hanson. But you would know all about stealing names, right?

    Want some lemonade?

    May 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • stewie

      Yes Chris Hansen stop stealing names. Besides, banasy is a woman.

      May 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Hansen

      Not sure I get the lemonade reference. I think some of these people need jobs. Today's my day off. What's their excuse? Lol

      May 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
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