Heat-Bulls Game One in a nutshell: Dwyane Wade, meet Taj Gibson

It’s not very often that basketball fans get to see Dwyane Wade on the receiving end of a facial but that’s exactly what we all witnessed Monday night at the United Center.

On a Chicago fastbreak early in the second quarter, Taj Gibson received a pass from teammate CJ Watson… and Dwyane Wade just happened to be in the way.  See below.  Gibson also had a put back dunk late in the fourth quarter that was equally as nasty.  He only finished the night with nine points but four of them were emphatic.

The Miami Heat were favorites going into this series.  After losing Game One by 21 points, that’s probably changed.

Advancing to the Finals will be easier said than done for Miami.  The Bulls outrebounded them by 12 and finished the game with 19 offensive rebounds, hitting Miami right where we all suspected they were weakest: inside.  Instead of doing the dunking, the Heat were the ones being dunked upon.

Adjustments will obviously be made in Game Two as LeBron, Dwayne Wade and company look to turn things around but until then, we’d be remiss if we didn’t show Taj a little love.

26 thoughts on “Heat-Bulls Game One in a nutshell: Dwyane Wade, meet Taj Gibson

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  2. Chris

    You were saying about Bulls not being good enough ? I think that this result shows that …….this team is for real ! One intangible that no one seems concerned with is the experience of both coaches . I mentioned to you ’bout Thibodeau’s background that he’s a proven talent . The same can’t be said for Spoelstra even though he’s a disciple of Riley. Spoelstra hasn’t won anything whereas Thibodeau has as an assistant to Rivers in 08.

    If the Heat goes down in this series can you imagine the backlash against the team ?

    tophatal ………….

  3. A pretty convincing win. I doubt the Bulls will shoot 10-21 from three all series long, they aren’t that kind of team. I guess the series doesn’t start till the home team loses. Hopefully that will be Miami…

  4. I don’t think I ever said the Bulls weren’t ‘good enough,’ Al. They finished the season with the best record in the league so obviously they’re good enough.

    I’d just be somewhat surprised if this team won it all. Still.

    After that beatdown, the Bulls are still only a two-point favorite in Game Two. That was pretty much the same line as Game One.

  5. A 2pt favorite who the hell are these guys in Vegas ? LOL,LOL !! Taj Gibson was so high above Wade I could’ve sworn Dwyane sniffed his rear end !

    Did I not say to you not to count out the Bulls ? Thibodeau’s coaching pedigree will definitely play a major part in the outcome of this series . Spoelstra may well be Riley’s hand picked water boy but he’s simply not in the same category as Thibs’ from a coaching standpoint !

    Is it a sense of self entitlement with some players on the Yankees’ roster or is Posada that much of an as_hole ? What’s that now they’ve been swept by the Red Sox and now they’ve got to take on the Rays at the Trop ? Is it gettin’ better or worse for the Yankees at present ?

    tophatal ……

  6. Very true. I honestly don’t think we can really judge what’s going on in any series until game 3 or so, when the adjustments have been made and re-made. If the Bulls blow them out two more in a row, I’ll be a believer then…

  7. IS ONLY GAME 1 BUT I THINK IS THE HEAT IS GOING TO WIN IT IT WILL TAKE ALL 7 GAMES, AND WHO IN THE HELL TAUGH CHICAGO WILL BE THIS GOOD ALL YEAR , NO ONE DID JUST LOOK AT THE ODDS FROM VEGAS AT THE BEGGINING OF THE SEASON. WOULD LOVE TO SEE DIRK AND COMPANY TAKE IT ALL THIS YEAR. I STILL SAY MIAMI IF THE ONE TO BEAT.

  8. Thibodeau is definitely proving he belongs among the head coaching ranks but so have a lot of the younger coaches in the league, Al. Hollins and Brooks have done pretty solid jobs with Memphis and OKC.

    And what would the New York Yankees be without a little drama?

  9. Chap…

    Exactly. We all have a tendency to overreact at times. Miami can easily come back tonight, win the game, and it will be panic mode in Chicago.

    But I will say that after watching Game One, a disciplined Bulls team should be able to win this series. An undisciplined Heat team will not.

  10. Salsero…

    I’m pulling for Dallas too. I think they should have no problem with Oklahoma City.

    Game Two between Chicago and Miami will be very telling tonight.

    If the Bulls hold home court, I think it’ll be tough for Miami to win four out of five. Not impossible, but tough.

  11. Al…

    I was at last night’s Rays game with some friends. Some late inning heroics from BJ Upton combined with Girardi not going to his bullpen a little earlier led to an exciting night and much of the crowd chanting “Yankees Suck!” all night.

    Like I said, what would the Yankees be without a little drama? It’s never too late for them to make up that deficit in the AL East but right now, they’re dysfunctional and it’s showing on the field of play.

  12. Famous last words…”I think Dallas will have no problem with Oklahoma City.”

    Looking forward to your Dallas Is Running On Fumes & OKC Is For Real post in about a week.

    Don’t sleep on KD and Westbrook. When you figure out who is going to guard Westbrook let me know. Mavs can’t play zone for 48 minutes.

  13. Drew…

    You have yourself a deal.

    OKC wins, I write an apology post to Shawn Kemp and his many offspring.

    Dallas wins, and SportsChump is featured in bold print on your site.

  14. Chris

    You could be right about Girardi after-all . But what about the Royals’ Vin Mazzaro giving up fourteen runs in 2 1/3 innings in his team’s 19-1 loss against the Indians ?

    If the Mavs were to overcome the Thunder and make it to the NBA Finals I get the feeling that they’d have an outside shot against whomever comes out of the East !

    I’m having problems knowing how the Vikings’ fans are celebrating a new stadium when a vote hasn’t been taken in their state legislature and no financing for the project has been approved as of yet !

    Zygi Wilf and his ownership group must be on something if he thinks that the legislature will approve the financing of a $1.1 billion venue when the state has a $ 5 billion budget deficit . Go figure . And it’s not as if the league itself through its 3g Act will assist in the funding to begin with because of the lockout and the fact that there isn’t an existing cba .

    tophatal …………….

  15. Whitlock says his statements were misconstrued about Wade and LBJ being better than Jordan and Pippen . But he now feels that Joan Rivers does have a better “bod” than Sofia Vergara. .

    tophatal ………..

  16. Al…

    I do like Dallas at this point. Whoever comes out of the East will be tattered and torn. Looks like it should be Miami after proving they were just toying with Chicago after Game One.

    Oh, and tell whoever owns that new Vikings stadium that they may want to invest in insurance.

  17. Do you have the first draft of that apology post ready to go Chump?

    Regards,
    K. Durant

    (Got your comment about the site…what do you mean? Talking about the lack of content?)

  18. Apology, huh, Drew?

    You obviously wrote that before Game Three.

    No, man. I was just worried about your spam.

    Drop me an e-mail.

    Also we have a podcast going. Would love for you to sit in.

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