Heat remain confident for Game 2

Heat remain confident for Game 2
May 8, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Life's a beach and the defending champs seem less than concerned about trailing in this series.

Since early February, the Heat have lost just three games. Two of those losses are against the Bulls.

"You could put their coaching staff out on the floor and they'll put out that effort. They got pride and they're playing the Heat. They don't like us, no secret about that. You can put anybody on the floor and they're gonna bring the effort," said Dwyane Wade before game two.

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Still, the Heat seem to have a champion's swagger entering game two. Miami shot less than 40 percent from the floor on monday. That is just second time this season. Tonight, their coach expects his players to turn the tables on the Bulls with a dose of their own medicine.

"The first priority for us will be the effort, the toughness, finishing plays. That type of thing," Eric Spoelstra said. The Bulls won all of three of those phases in their 93-86 comeback win.

Beyond Spoelstra's rally cry, the Heat want to turn up the pressure with pace. If they can't out-rebound the Bulls, they want to outrun them.

"We really have to make a conscious effort to get out. It doesn't necessarily have to  be a burst to a fastbreak, but explode out to our spots, get to a trigger and get it up the floor," Spoelstra said.

The Heat have been here before. They lost game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Bulls in 2011. They responded with four straight wins. Last year, the Thunder won game one in the NBA Finals. The Heat took home the title.

This is only the beginning.