Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls
Tip-off: Monday, May 13, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, IL
LeBron James is not happy about being called a flopper by the Chicago Bulls. He says these remind him of the days when some thought he was overrated and did not believe he could lead a team to a championship.
The Miami Heat are trying to impress their YouWager fans by repeating as champions after a dominant regular NBA season, and if they keep this up, they won’t have to worry about the Bulls much longer.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals takes place tonight, and the Heat have an opportunity to take a 3-1 lead in a series with no shortage of hard fouls, technicals, ejections and fines.
The Bulls have to deal with some health issues with Luol Deng still recovering from a spinal tap and Kirk Hinrich from a bruised left calf. Bettors shouldn’t count on seeing either suit up for tonight’s game.
In addition, the Bulls have to deal with coach Tom Thibodeau being fined $35,000 after he accused James of flopping on a shove to the floor and questioned the officiating after the Heat took Game 3, saying Chicago wasn’t going to get the benefit of the calls. Thibodeau had already released a statement by the time the punishment was announced and declined comment through a team spokesman.
The Bulls need to be focusing on their health. Last night marked the one-year anniversary of Derrick Rose’s surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he hasn’t played since.
Just about every other key player for Chicago has missed time at some point, and that’s continued into the NBA postseason.
Miami on the other hand is still facing questions about Dwyane Wade and his sore right knee. The 31 year-old took just seven shots and scored 10 points in Game 3, but he insisted that had more to do with the flow of the game and Chicago packing the lane than his health.