Before this series, I picked the Bulls to win and go to the NBA Finals. They play good defense, have a better bench and rebound better. But through three games, three key things are killing the Bulls. And of the three issues, two of them the Bulls can correct fast enough.
Carlos Boozer has played well in two of the three games on the offensive end of the court. But for as much as he has brought on the offensive end, he has hurt the Bulls mightily on the defensive end. Boozer guards either Joel Anthony or Udonis Haslem on defense. Being that he guards these two guys, he has to play better help-side defense. The problem is, he hasn't been there. Everytime Bosh makes a move to the basket and beats Noah, Boozer isn't there to help and Bosh gets all the way to the basket. He has been a big part of why the Bulls have struggled at times defensively. Taj Gibson is better defensively, but he has been trending downward since Game 1 when he played out of his mind. For the Bulls, they need to either change their defensive strategy or just succumb to the fact that Boozer's going to give up as many points as he scores.
Another issue with the Bulls this series is shooting. The Bulls haven't exactly been shooting the lights out, but Korver has been their best shooter. The issue with him is that for as much as he can potentially give you offensively with his shooting, he is a liability on the defensive end. But his replacements, Bogans and Brewer, can't shoot as well but can play better defense. In order for the Bulls to have any sort of chance, they must find the formula of how to mix Korver in with the defense of Brewer and Bogans.
The biggest issue that has been plaguing the Bulls is there offensive execution. They have Derrick Rose, the 2011 MVP, and it seems that the Bulls depend on him so much down the stretch that they become stagnant down the stretch. They must continue to move the ball like they have all year. If they run their motion offense, that helps get more people involved and also helps take some of the pressure off D Rose. If no motion is created, then the Heat can focus in on Rose and shut he and the Bulls down.
For the Bulls to come back or have any shot, it starts on the defensive end with getting back to crisp rotations, rebounding and all-out hustle. On the offensive end, more guys must get involved and help D Rose. You're down 2-1 so its time to play with some desperation. After all, its win or go home in the playoffs.