Exit Near For Rose and Bulls…
LeBron James 11-26 FG | 13-13 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 35 PTS | -1 GRADE
LeBron got his numbers, but the Bulls forced him to work for everything he got. He had to take contested jumpers, he didn’t have his passing lanes available and he had a hard time getting into the paint. However, much of that ceased to matter when he scored or assisted on 10 fourth-quarter points, played great defense on Derrick Rose late and had the dagger jumper in OT.
Dwyane Wade 5-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -10 GRADE
Wade looked exhausted. A blown wide-open dunk early was a major red flag, and he never looked like himself. He struggled with his shot, struggled to get into the paint and overall had one of the worst games of his stellar playoff career. Wade stepped up in OT to score two huge baskets and record two blocks. It’s OK to question the knees of a champion, but not the heart.
Chris Bosh 6-12 FG | 10-11 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +5 GRADE
Bosh followed up perhaps the best game of his career with an up-and-down performance. He forced jumpers and drives, missed a few opportunities to pass out of double-teams, and was outplayed by Carlos Boozer for much of the game. To his credit, Bosh did draw six fouls, including a key flagrant, and had a few absolutely critical baskets late in the game.
The Bench GRADE
With James, Wade and Bosh all struggling to some degree, somebody needed to step up, and the bench did. Mario Chalmers hit some key 3-point shots, Mike Miller finally seemed to regain confidence in his jumper while providing hustle and rebounding, and Udonis Haslem’s rebounding was once again crucial for the Heat.