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10:15 AM ET 05.15 | Any problems Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter has with defender Nana Attakora are strictly based on his play, Winter insisted on Friday afternoon. Rumours have persisted that the Dutchman has nailed Attakora to the bench largely because he declined to sign a new contract with the club this off-season. Attakora, who made the league minimum in 2010, is eligible to field offers starting next month and can play out his contract with TFC and go elsewhere next season. On Thursday, Attakora's agent told cbcsports.ca he believed Attakora was being punished for refusing to negotiate.

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May 15, 2011  11:10 AM ET

Let the games begin, Bro.

May 16, 2011  07:30 AM ET

What the f spammers?

May 16, 2011  07:38 AM ET

Anyone else see Kevin-Prince Boateng's Michael Jackson dance routine? Maybe that's what the Prince in his name meant....

May 16, 2011  07:42 AM ET

Bulls!!!



*If you watch closely, you'll see Le Bron on the bench, 2nd player from the right, biting his nails as this play happens. He has a clear reaction to the dunk that best can be described as "Whoa!"

This Bulls team matches up against the Heat so well. I'm not trying to claim the Heat will be swept or anything, but the Bulls are capable on a consistent basis of taking the Heat out of their element and dictating the game.

Two adjustments the Heat must make:
- limit Chicago's offensive rebounding
- get James more involved offensively

The problem with both of these adjustments is that a lot of what it will take to do both of those things above will hurt them in other ways.

All season long the Heat have been used to being so dominant offensively through isolation play from Bron Bron and D Wade and a fast-paced push-it-forward mentality to get it done.

You can't do either of those things if you are going to make the adjustments necessary that I listed above.

Isolation play won't work on the Bulls, much like isolation play from Derrick Rose last night wasn't going to work for Rose/the Bulls since the Heat stifled him with perimeter traps and hedging of the screens. By the way, that was an excellent job by the Heat to limit Derrick Rose to something like two or three driving shots- something I'm sure the Heat had worked hard on and set out as their game plan.

Yet the same can be said about iso play from James. Deng (an excellent defender who has always done well against LeBron), with help, can limit him to tough shots. The only Heat player capable of some decent iso play is Wade- and he showed it last night.

Then, if the Heat are going to limit Chicago's offensive rebounding capabilities (something that no team has really been able to do too well this year, though Atlanta wasn't bad at it last round), they are going to have to make sure that all five of their players are in position to rebound or box out Bulls players.

This KILLS the transition offense for the Heat- something that is their bread and butter.

Last night probably isn't going to happen again. The Heat will adjust. But it should be noted that Bosh played out of his **** last night, Wade had a very good game, and though Le Bron didn't have a great game- a lot of credit has to go to the Bulls and their team defense for that.

Meanwhile, Derrick Rose had a somewhat quiet game (I know- still with something like 26 points) in that he couldn't get his signature game going (driving to the basket), Boozer was only around for spots (and got completely over-shadowed by the play of Bosh), and Korver once again wasn't getting his shot going.

On the flip side, the Bulls showed a lot of what they were doing since December. Taj Gibson had an excellent game- but not one where we as Bulls fans didn't expect it. Remember- Noah was out for about three months this year in which Taj Gibson split starting duties with Kurt Thomas, and had a good year over all. The Bulls are STACKED with spot up shooters and unless Miami starts to pay attention to them (in which Rose will have much more room to operate going to the basket), that will only continue.

I expect the rest of the games in this series to be close, exciting ones but in the end- I've got Bulls in 6 with Noah partying it up in Miami in front of those whited-out mofos.

May 16, 2011  07:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Bulls!!!*If you watch closely, you'll see Le Bron on the bench, 2nd player from the right, biting his nails as this play happens. He has a clear reaction to the dunk that best can be described as "Whoa!"This Bulls team matches up against the Heat so well. I'm not trying to claim the Heat will be swept or anything, but the Bulls are capable on a consistent basis of taking the Heat out of their element and dictating the game.Two adjustments the Heat must make: - limit Chicago's offensive rebounding- get James more involved offensivelyThe problem with both of these adjustments is that a lot of what it will take to do both of those things above will hurt them in other ways.All season long the Heat have been used to being so dominant offensively through isolation play from Bron Bron and D Wade and a fast-paced push-it-forward mentality to get it done.You can't do either of those things if you are going to make the adjustments necessary that I listed above.Isolation play won't work on the Bulls, much like isolation play from Derrick Rose last night wasn't going to work for Rose/the Bulls since the Heat stifled him with perimeter traps and hedging of the screens. By the way, that was an excellent job by the Heat to limit Derrick Rose to something like two or three driving shots- something I'm sure the Heat had worked hard on and set out as their game plan.Yet the same can be said about iso play from James. Deng (an excellent defender who has always done well against LeBron), with help, can limit him to tough shots. The only Heat player capable of some decent iso play is Wade- and he showed it last night.Then, if the Heat are going to limit Chicago's offensive rebounding capabilities (something that no team has really been able to do too well this year, though Atlanta wasn't bad at it last round), they are going to have to make sure that all five of their players are in position to rebound or box out Bulls players. This KILLS the transition offense for the Heat- something that is their bread and butter.Last night probably isn't going to happen again. The Heat will adjust. But it should be noted that Bosh played out of his **** last night, Wade had a very good game, and though Le Bron didn't have a great game- a lot of credit has to go to the Bulls and their team defense for that.Meanwhile, Derrick Rose had a somewhat quiet game (I know- still with something like 26 points) in that he couldn't get his signature game going (driving to the basket), Boozer was only around for spots (and got completely over-shadowed by the play of Bosh), and Korver once again wasn't getting his shot going.On the flip side, the Bulls showed a lot of what they were doing since December. Taj Gibson had an excellent game- but not one where we as Bulls fans didn't expect it. Remember- Noah was out for about three months this year in which Taj Gibson split starting duties with Kurt Thomas, and had a good year over all. The Bulls are STACKED with spot up shooters and unless Miami starts to pay attention to them (in which Rose will have much more room to operate going to the basket), that will only continue.I expect the rest of the games in this series to be close, exciting ones but in the end- I've got Bulls in 6 with Noah partying it up in Miami in front of those whited-out mofos.

One other thing. My wife and I were talking about this last night during and after the game...

I think, especially since he is such a big fan of basketball, Obama should set an executive order in motion that requires last night's coverage team to call the NBA Finals.

I want pre-game, post-game, and half-time analysis from Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Chris Webber and Kenny Smith, and I want the play-by-play done with Marv Albert with Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller by his side.

I loathe Stewart Scott and his lazy eye.
I think David Aldridge is about the only decent sideline reporter for the ESPN/ABC crew- but he can't stand up to Craig Seger's velvetine or seersucker suits.
John Berry is "meh."
Greg Anthony is so-so...

I want the TNT production of the NBA Finals, and I think David Stern would probably agree.

 
May 16, 2011  08:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

One other thing. My wife and I were talking about this last night during and after the game...I think, especially since he is such a big fan of basketball, Obama should set an executive order in motion that requires last night's coverage team to call the NBA Finals.I want pre-game, post-game, and half-time analysis from Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Chris Webber and Kenny Smith, and I want the play-by-play done with Marv Albert with Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller by his side.I loathe Stewart Scott and his lazy eye.I think David Aldridge is about the only decent sideline reporter for the ESPN/ABC crew- but he can't stand up to Craig Seger's velvetine or seersucker suits.John Berry is "meh."Greg Anthony is so-so...I want the TNT production of the NBA Finals, and I think David Stern would probably agree.

and I want Gareth Bale to play for DC United.

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