Is Bulls-Heat a real rivalry?

Is Bulls-Heat a real rivalry?
March 10, 2014, 9:30 pm
CSN Staff

It's been pretty evident that whenever the Bulls and Heat square off they truly despise one another.

"We don't like them, they don't like us," LeBron James said before the 2013-14 NBA season began.

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The rivalry started in 2011 when James and the Heat took down the Bulls in five games to reach the NBA finals. Just two years later, the Bulls were once again ousted by the Heat in five games during the 2013 NBA playoffs. Although Chicago has shown the ability to beat Miami in the regular season with a 9-6 head-to-head record the since 2011, could it really be called a rivalry if the Bulls can't dethrone the Heat in the playoffs?

ESPN Bulls beat writer Nick Friedell joined Monday's SportsTalk Live to weigh in on the topic.

"In my opinion having watched these two teams the last few years, it is the best rivalry in basketball," Friedell said. "But it's not a rivalry because the Bulls can't win in the playoffs. They've got two games in the last two years. They can not stand each other."

Check out the video above for the full discussion.