BY Danica Bellini, Mstars Reporter , Mstarz reporter | May 13, 2013 06:47 PM EDT
The Miami Heat vs. the Chicago Bulls battle it out on the court at the United Center in Chicago, IL on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Read on to see where fans can watch and listen to a live stream of the 2013 playoff (round two) basketball game online and catch up-to-date feeds and coverage on highlight plays and scores.
The Heat ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference with 66 wins and only 16 losses. Miami currently holds the no 1 overall spot in the playoffs. According to Bleacher Report sports columnist Josh Martin points out:
"I hope everyone took a deep breath and packed away the panic button before pulling any more shenanigans as they relate to the Miami Heat. Their Game 1 loss to the exhausted, depleted Chicago Bulls appears to have been an aberration, to say the least-one that did plenty to wake up a juggernaut that had been slumbering since its four-game stomping of the Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round. The Heat came back to dominate the Bulls in a manner that was as much record-setting as it was quintessential of this team. Miami spread the wealth around (29 assists on 42 makes), attacked the Bulls defense inside (56 points in the paint) and out (9-of-18 from three), applied crippling pressure at the point of attack (17 turnovers leading to 28 points) and got out in transition at every opportunity (20 fastbreak points). The final result was one of the worst defeats in Chicago Bulls playoff history, 115-78. To be sure, the Heat aren't at all likely to bum-rush the Bulls this way every time out. Tom Thibodeau is too smart and too determined a coach to not tweak his team's approach, and the atmosphere in Chicago figures to be too electric for the Bulls role players to not come equipped with their best efforts for Game 3. That being said, there's only so far the Bulls can hope to go against a well-rested and properly motivated Heat team, assuming LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh don't either A) all fall victim to whatever bug got a hold of the Bulls last week (plausible) or B) decide to switch jerseys for a night (not as plausible...to say the least)."
The Bulls ended the 2012-2013 NBA regular season as the no 5 team in the Eastern Conference of the Division Regular Season with 45 wins and 37 losses. Chicago currently holds the no 8 spot in the playoffs (out of eight remaining teams). As Martin points out:
"Guts and heart are necessary ingredients for postseason success, though they're hardly sufficient in and of themselves to fuel a deep playoff push. The Chicago Bulls should know. They managed to scrape their way through a seven-game series against the listless Brooklyn Nets before stunning the rusty Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. This was in spite Joakim Noah hobbling around on one foot, Kirk Hinrich (and Derrick Rose) showing up in street clothes and Luol Deng watching from a hospital bed somewhere. Like Wile E. Coyote, the Bulls appear to be running on air, with a steep, painful fall soon to come. Not that it hasn't already. Chicago came crashing down in a big way in Game 2, as Miami piled up 115 points on 60 percent shooting at the expense of Tom Thibodeau's typically stout defense. It's one thing for the Bulls to struggle mightily to put the ball in the basket. That's been the case all season-even more so amidst the recent rash of injuries and illnesses that's struck Chicago's locker room. But if the Bulls can't butter their bread on defense, as they have since before Derrick Rose's knee became a matter of national significance, then their odds of surviving past Game 5 against the Heat drop precipitously."
The Heat currently lead the series against the Bulls 2-1 in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Tonight's game should prove a fierce battle on the court between the top playoff seed, and the bottom.
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