If the first two battles between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat this postseason are any indication, NBA fans are in for a heavyweight prize this May. Playing their roles to perfection, the subplot between the Bulls and Heat reads like a Hollywood script. Chicago entered the season with nobody expecting greatness from them, while Miami inherited championship expectations with their offseason acquisitions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Nevertheless, the Bulls spectacularly leaped past the Heat in the regular season to claim the top spot in East, setting the stage for their conference finals clash.
The upstart Bulls (buoyed by an amped up United Center crowd) won Game 1 in convincing fashion, holding James to 15 points and Dwyane Wade to 18 points. However, the Heat proved they could withstand Chicago's home court advantage in their next meeting. In a fourth quarter where Chicago and Miami only scored a combined 24 points, the Heat's dogged defense prevailed as Miami nabbed the victory 85-75. With both teams winning a game in Chicago, the series will now head to the American Airlines Center for game 3 and 4. Fans from Illinois to Florida are desperate to get their hands on Bulls-Heat tickets with the series already breaking TV ratings records. Although the NBA Finals lies ahead of whichever team wins this best of seven tug-of-war, the Bulls vs Heat series could very well be remembered as the highlight of the 2011 NBA playoffs.