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A dozen postscripts from Heat-Bulls Game 1; Rose, LeBron notes; NCAA news

Twelve postscripts from this stunning Heat loss in Game 1:

### The Bulls are 9-8 against the Heat in the Big Three era - the only Eastern Conference team with a winning record against Miami since LeBron came aboard, according to ESPN. That includes a 3-2 record this season.

### This was just Miami's third loss in its past 44 games (two have come against the Bulls) and its fifth loss all season in 44 home games.

### The last time the Heat lost Game 1 of a series at home was in 2006, vs. New Jersey (100-88). The Heat won that series, four games to one.

### Dwyane Wade became the 29th player in NBA postseason history to make 1000 field goals, moving past Bill Russell for 28th place. But he went 0 for 3 in the fourth quarter on a 7-for-16 shooting night, including a miss on an ill-advised pull up three pointer with the Heat down two and 1:08 left.

"A lot of our shots were short," Wade said. "The fourth quarter was uncharacteristic of a Miami Heat team, giving up 35 points [Miami scored 24]. We had a lot of shots that we normally make and we didn't. When I fell in the crowd, I just had some little cuts, and I wish somebody would of grabbed me. It would have been kind of nice especially at home, but I guess I was coming too fast." 

### The Bulls outrebounded the Heat, 46-32, which Chicago players cited as a big key afterward. This should very much concern the Heat: Chicago has outrebounded Miami by 58 in the five games this season. 

"They're a physical team, a great offensive rebounding team -- that's one of our weaknesses," Mario Chalmers said.

### After a three-point first half, 5-9 Nate Robinson had 24 points in the second half -- despite needing 10 stitches at halftime because of an upper lip laceration. "Nate, to be that small, to do the things he does give us a lot of confidence," Joakim Noah said.

And Jimmy Butler was terrific: 21 points, 14 rebounds, and excellent defense on LeBron, while playing all 48 minutes. "He's better than a lot of people think," Wade said.

### LeBron, who closed with 24 points (8 for 17 shooting), with eight rebounds and seven assists, had this take afterward: "This is what the playoffs are all about.We're going against a really good team and we know that. I think we gave ourselves a chance to win. They just put themselves in a better position. They got us into the penalty early in the fourth quarter. It's tough. We played some really good basketball but they made a couple more shots and grabbed a couple more offensive rebounds."

### LeBron led the NBA in plus/minus during the regular season. But on Monday, the Heat was outscored by 15 during his 43-plus minutes on the court.

### This, too, was key: The Bulls committed only one turnover in the fourth quarter after going to halftime with 11.

### Erik Spoelstra's take: "We can play better. Our guys are veteran enough that we know it is always tough. They imposed their identity in the first game. We did not. Our offense was not as fluid and efficient as it normally is and you have to credit their defense for that. We need to show more poise, patience and aggressiveness. Shooting 39 percent and scoring under 90 points is not our style."

### After shooting 2 for 7 on Monday, Shane Battier is just 7 for 29 in postseason. Spoelstra opted for Mike Miller for six first half minutes, and he shot 2 for 5.

### Chris Bosh also had an offnight, with nine points and six boards. He closed 3 for 10 from the field. He hasn't rebounded well against the Bulls all season.

Scroll down lower in this blog for some other Heat notes, on Derrick Rose and the voter who kept LeBron's MVP from being unanimous.

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We'll have a story up on the site shortly with another NCAA twist, more affecting Frank Haith than Miami.

The short version: Haith's attorney is asking a judge to allow them to issue subpoenas to determine if Bank of America handed over microfishe copies of three $3300 checks that Haith made out to his former assistant coaches. The NCAA suspected that money was used toward securing Dequan Jones' commitment; Haith has repeatedly denied that, and the NCAA didn't have proof to include that in the notice of allegations.

The NCAA hasn't said if it has microfishe copies of those checks, but some are suspicious they might. Haith's camp says the NCAA has information it would have only if it had microfishe copies, which are clearer and more detailed than the images of the checks that Haith gave the NCAA.

If so, the NCAA had no business asking the bank for them, and the bank would be violating federal laws if it handed it over to the NCAA. So Haith's camp is basically trying to get to the bottom of this. The bank has been uncooperative with Haith and his wife.

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HEAT NOTES

Some Heat notes entering Game 1 of the Heat-Bulls series:

### All-Star point guard Derrick Rose said Monday that he won't rule out playing in this series against the Heat, but also indicated that he doesn’t believe he’s ready yet to appear in a game.

“Right now, I’m not ready,” said Rose, who suffered the knee injury in last year’s first-round playoff loss to the 76ers. “I’m trying to take my time and be really smart.”

Asked his chances of playing in this series, Rose said: “Still in the air. I might have a chance. Who knows what tomorrow night brings? You never know.”

The Bulls also remain non-committal. Asked if there’s any chance of Rose playing in this series, coach Tom Thibodeau said only: “We’ll see.”

Rose was cleared medically to play two months ago and has scrimmaged 5-on-5 against teammates since Feb. 18. But he doesn’t feel his body is ready for game action.

TNT’s Steve Kerr said recently that Rose owes it to his team to play if he’s healthy. Asked if he agrees, Rose said: “Everybody has their own opinion. The key words that he said is, “If I’m ready.’”

Does he feel more pressure to play because forward Luol Deng remains sidelined because of a bad reaction to a spinal tap?

“No, it’s no pressure at all,” Rose said. “I haven’t had any pressure from anyone. Not in the organization, not from my teammates. They know they I’m putting everything I have on trying to come back as fast as possible. But just trying to be smart with the whole situation and take my time.”

Of this series, Rose said: “No one is giving us a shot.”

Deng, meanwhile, remained back in Chicago today, with his status uncertain for Game 2 on Wednesday. Deng tweeted Friday that he was taken to the emergency room on Wednesday with symptoms associated with meningitis. He took a spinal tap, but that caused leaking spinal fluid “and the worst headache I’ve ever experienced and… the weakest I’ve ever felt.”

Thibodeau said Deng went to the hospital for more tests but is home now. “He’s is still not feeling as well as he would like,” Thibodeau said.

### Bulls point guard Kirk Heinrich is a game-time decision with a sprained ankle.

MVP CONTROVERSY

Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn wrote on Monday that he was “flabbergasted” to learn that he was the only person among 121 voters who did not give a first-place vote to LeBron James in MVP balloting. Washburn voted for Carmelo Anthony instead. Washburn’s vote prevented James from becoming the first unanimous MVP in league history.

“When I placed my NBA MVP vote a few weeks ago, I knew I would be in the minority,” Washburn wrote in The Globe. “I knew LeBron James was the prohibitive favorite to win his fourth award because he unquestionably is the best player in the game. I voted for Carmelo Anthony based on his importance to the New York Knicks, who, if you haven’t been paying attention the past decade, have failed to be relevant.”

Washburn defended his decision this way: “This isn’t the Best Player in the Game award. It’s the Most Valuable Player award, and I think what Anthony accomplished this season was worthy of my vote. He led the Knicks to their first division title in 19 years…. Anthony led the league in scoring average and basically carried an old Knicks team to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference…. If you were to take Anthony off the Knicks, they are a lottery team….

"If LeBron was taken away from the Heat, they still would be a fifth or sixth seed. He is the best player of this generation, a multifaceted superstar with the physical prowess of Adonis, but I chose to reward a player who has lifted his team to new heights.”

Washburn added that “the perception that I knew the other 120 voters cast their first-place votes for LeBron and that I went against the grain as some kind of statement is inaccurate.”

THIS AND THAT

### Dwyane Wade said the Bulls “have had a little hatred towards us” since losing to the Heat in 2011 playoffs “and we dislike them as well from that standpoint as a team.”

### Chris Bosh, asked if the Bulls play the Heat harder than anyone, said no, and instead cited competition provided by Heat backups in practice.

### Though ABC would have loved having Game 4 of the Heat-Bulls series next Sunday, it was scheduled for next Monday instead (on TNT) because a potential Game 7 in an NHL playoff series is booked for the United Center on Sunday. 

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