Oakland U. to join Horizon League on Tuesday?--The Detroit Free Press
Richardson's take: Bulls 93, Heat 86--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Grading the HeatHyde5: Five changes for Heat (Chalmers off Robinson)--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Offense B The Bulls proved their defensive strategy can make even the most dominant teams look out of rhythm. Some of it can be attributed to the Heat having eight days between games, but most of the credit goes to Chicago.
Defense B One of the early turning points came when the Heat went to full-court pressure in the first half. Norris Cole made things difficult for anyone who was in the Bulls' backcourt, but they had no answer for Butler and Robinson.
Coaching C+ Spoelstra has to find a way neutralize the Bulls' advantage on the boards. It's been a problem when the teams have met in each of the last three seasons. And if he does plan to keep riding the hot point guard, it may be time to play Cole late instead of Mario Chalmers.
What has to change?
1. Limit Mario Chalmers having to defend Nate Robinson. Chalmers isn’t much of an on-ball defender, and Robinson is in the league because he’s instant offense. Robinson scored eight points of his game-high 27 points on Chalmers down the stretch. Dwyane Wade was then put on him. Wade, Norris Cole – maybe even LeBron to give Robinson a new look if he threatens to heat up. Maybe this is a series Chalmers has to play limited minutes. It’s stunning to think the Heat will have to game-plan around a 5-6 career journeyman, but give Robinson all the credit.
Interviews for Wardle investigation complete--Green Bay Press Gazette