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Heat-Bulls Game 2 postscripts; Noah said Bulls still have advantage

Postscripts from the Heat’s 115-78 Game 2 thumping of the Bulls:

### Miami’s 37-point win was its largest margin of victory in a playoff game (topping a 35-point win against Orlando in 1997) and the largest margin of defeat in Bulls playoff history (26 had been the old record).

“We flat out sucked,” Bulls guard Nate Robinson said. “They are world champs for a reason and they played like it.”

### The nine technical fouls were the most in a playoff game since Pacers-Knicks in 1995, according to ESPN. "We tried to keep our composure," LeBron James said. "Chicago is very physical. We're not going to shy away from it."

### Joakim Noah was ejected in the fourth quarter after yelling at the refs and said he probably deserved it. “I just wanted to let the referee know how I felt about the game,” he said.

### Taj Gibson, who was also ejected in the fourth quarter for yelling at the refs, said: “I’ve got to hold my compsure. It’s a real chippy series. Playoff basketball at its best.”

### But Carlos Boozer said: “If you feel like you’re getting cheated, you’re going to say something about it.”

### Noah said the Bulls "no question" still have the advantage in this series. "We came here. We did our job," he said. "We won a game. We got the home court. Now I think we're a confident group. We got punched in the mouth tonight. We'll be back in two days."

### Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau suggested factors beyond the Bulls' control are working against them: "We showed a lot of frustation to carry over to the next play. You have to have poise under pressure. You come in here, you're not going to get calls. That is the way it is. That's reality."

### The Heat had a 56-18 advantage in points in the paint – the largest points in the paint difference in a playoff game in 15 years.

### Also noteworthy: Miami had a 20-2 edge in fast break points.

### From the box score: LeBron had 19 points, eight assists and three steals; Ray Allen 21 points (5 for 7 from the field and 10 for 10 from the line), Norris Cole 18 (career-high in postseason), Dwyane Wade 15 (7 for 11), and Chris Bosh 13. The Heat's bench scored 55 points, a franchise playoff record.

### The Heat closed at 60 percent from the field, just the second playoff game they've shot at least 60 percent. Their all-time playoff high: 61.4 vs. Indiana last May.

### Wade's take afterward: "Going three months without any adversity is not what we're used to. This is the first of the season since [starting] 11-11 on the road. We just had to look in the mirror and.. say, 'What reason are we here for?" Tonight, we did a good job of setting the tone."

### Heat coach Erik Spoelstra suggested Wednesday the fact he didn’t win the Coach of the Year -- he finished second to Denver’s George Karl -- was actually a good thing.


Four of the previous seven coaches to win the award were fired within two years of winning it, though none of the past three lost their jobs.

"It’s not quite as definitive as the [Sports Illustrated] jinx, but pretty close,” he said, jokingly wiping his brow in relief when he learned he didn’t win it. “I congratulate George Karl. I know he didn’t want it, either. I’m probably more pleased this morning than George Karl. I’m not very superstitious.. but [coaches] are aware of the stigma.”

The winners of the award in 2006 (Avery Johnson), 2007 (Sam Mitchell), 2008 (Byron Scott) and 2009 (Mike Brown) were all eventually dumped by their teams. The previous three winners – Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich – have excellent job security, however.

Spoelstra was not close to Karl in the final vote count. Karl had 404 points, Spoelstra 190. Karl had 62 first-place votes, Spoelstra 24. New York's Mike Woodson finished third.

“I’m not surprised,” Wade said. “I kind of knew Spo wasn’t going to get it because they expect us to be the team that we are. The good thing about it is he doesn’t care.

“George Karl did a hell of a job. I thought [Golden State’s] Mark Jackson did a hell of a job this year and really deserved some consideration.”

Jackson finished seventh, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was eighth.

### Bulls forward Luol Deng remained in Chicago as he continues to recover from a bad reaction to a spinal tap, and his status will be re-evaluated Thursday. Thibodeau said Deng “is still not feeling great” and declined to speculate whether he would play Friday.

### Kirk Hinrich missed his fifth game in a row with a bruised calf.

### Hoopsworld.com said Bulls point guard Derrick Rose – who hasn’t played all season because of last April’s knee injury – might dress for Game 3. The Bulls did not specifically address that report, with Thibodeau saying there’s no change in his status.

Asked if Rose might play in this series, Thibodeau smiled and said: “We’ll see. You never know.”

Rose told TNT this week he wouldn’t be working this hard before games and during practices if he didn’t believe he had a chance to play in the playoffs.

### James made significant changes to his free throw routine and delivery this week, implementing an approach used by Ray Allen. With the new approach, he made 7 of 9 free throws in Game 1 (77.8 percent) after shooting 75.3 during the season.

“That’s the 75th time changing free throws as an NBA player,” he said. “If I miss four or five, then I’ll change against My mind is crazy sometimes.”

### Heat point guard Mario Chalmers said Wednesday of Robinson: "I can stop him. I know what I’m capable of.” Chalmers and the entire Heat defense did good work on Robinson in Game 2, holding him to 11 points on 3 for 10 shooting. Also, Robinson had four turnovers, two assists.

### Game 5 of the series has been set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

### Noah, asked if it’s fun to play for Thibodeau: “I wouldn’t… eh, no. Let’s not get carried away.”