The Chicago Bulls square off against the Miami Heat on Sunday, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris will try to take the next to step on the way to an NBA Title, and Derrick Rose will try to stop them all by himself. And really, if the past few weeks have proven anything, it's that nobody knows what's going to happen here. That's why the NBA Playoffs are awesome.
Also, I'm currently braindead from cumulative lack of sleep, and there are two episodes of Parks and Recreation waiting for on DVR, so we're going to explain this with excerpts from past, more coherent work. First, let's go back to the Heat-Celtics preview:
...don't let the past year of LeBron James' career distract you from who, exactly, we're dealing with. He's every bit as dominant as he's ever been, and something tells me the league's about to get a reminder. The Heat have no home court, no answer for Rajon Rondo, no bench, an overmatched power forward, and questionable chemistry in crunch time, so by all means, Boston could kill 'em. But LeBron is still LeBron, and we're overdue for a reminder. The Pick: Heat in 6.
Two weeks ago, LeBron was more dominant than anyone was giving him credit for. Then he beat Boston and gradually fixed that himself. After Game 5, though, things got out of hand:
Maybe beating Boston was enough to convince LeBron he made the right choice and convince the rest of us he's as good as he's ever been, but if 'Bron really wants the throne, there's a whole lot left to prove. And for all the relief we saw from the Heat on Wednesday, on the climb to the top, something tells me there will be tougher tests than three proud veterans and an injured point guard.
In a nutshell: We weren't giving LeBron and the Heat nearly enough credit, and then we probably gave them a little too much credit. And guess who's not getting enough credit now? That's right! Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. It's a gut feeling, but... The Pick: Bulls In 7.