The Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 112-99 in a battle between the top seeds. The Bulls drop down to the 2 seed after their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and had a chance to get back on top after beating Miami. Unfortunately for them, the Heat brought the fight to them and ran them out of Miami with a great win to establish themselves as the 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
With how volatile the East is due to the high level of competition, especially among the top 6 teams, it is very possible that someone could take the 1 seed. The Bulls are right there, The Philadelphia 76ers are looking amazing with their new duo, the reigning champions the Bucks cannot be overlooked while the Cavaliers and Celtics can pose problems to anyone that faces them.
The Heat had 5 players with double-digit scoring. Jimmy Butler – 15 points, Bam Adebayo – 15 points, Gabe Vincent – 20 points, Tyler Herro – 20 points, and Max Strus – 13 points. In a great team effort, they trumped the Bulls who had 4 players in double digits ( Demar DeRozan – 18 points and 7 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic – 14 points and 7 rebounds, Ayo Dosunmu – 18 points, and Zach Lavine – 22 points).
The Bulls have had a great season so far. They are the 2 seed in the East and have been led by a superstar like DeMar DeRozan who just made history a week ago. But we have to pump the brakes with the Bulls because of one glaring statistic. The Bulls have a 2-13 record against teams that have a .600 win percentage.
They have not done well against the top teams and might not be playoff-ready yet. The team has some great talent and might be great after being together for a while but it is too soon to proclaim them contenders just yet. To be fair the Bulls are suffering from a lot of injuries this season with key pieces like Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso out of action. But even if they do come back it remains to be seen just how good the Bulls can be against better competition.