October 8th will be the 140th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. It has been argued for years what the true origin of the disaster was, even including speculation a cow was involved.
Thankfully, property and lives were not lost last night in Chicago. It was a different kind of disaster. However, there is no doubt on the origin. It was a specific heat source. The Miami Heat.
Miami advanced to the NBA Finals with their 83-80 victory. The Bulls – and their fans – advanced to an off-season of healing, recovery and rebuilding.
In the last two games Dallas and Oklahoma City played in their series, the Thunder could do absolutely nothing right in crunch time. Mavs fans touted how their team took both contests by the throat. Thunder fans lamented how their team got something caught in their collective throat both games.
If you did not see the final three minutes of last evening’s Heat-Bulls game and you asked Miami and Chicago fans how they saw it…you…like back in 1871…would get conflicting testimonies.
ESPN’s Daily Dime even has as its #10th ”drop” of the day a simple poll question…”what happened at the end of Game 5…Heat won it/Bulls lost it?”
Since I will make the assumption we agreed prior to Game 5 Chicago has only two options on offense and one involves getting their hands on missed shots…and the other involves one player having to do everything – often with one of the league’s best defenders in his grill down the stretch – we knew Miami was going to win this series eventually.
How they clinched the series will be discussed all summer long…an 18-3 run in those final three minutes. The fire that burns within LeBron James and Dwyane Wade consumed all of Chicago in the blink of an eye. These superstars would not be denied with the game on the line…all too familiar by now to the Bulls and their faithful.
As pressure turns lumps of coal into diamonds, the final three minutes of this game once more showed us – between these teams in these Playoffs - who was the real deal and who was cubic zirconia.
James was ineffective most of the night and Wade looked as if he was injured, turning the ball over at an alarming rate and continuing to dish off at odd times…missing shots badly at others. But at game’s end…there they were again…manufacturing more creative ways to torch the Bulls.
Chicago fans, you can pick through the ashes all you want on this one…starting with why Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah were not on the floor at the end of the game on such an offensively challenged squad?
However, there is no doubt what burned through the city of Chicago last night. White…hot…Heat.