The Miami Heat (3-4) defeated the Chicago Bulls (1-5) 97-91 Wednesday night. The Heat were able to get their first win of the season with Hassan Whiteside as their center. Whiteside was out the past few games due to a knee injury he suffered in the first game of the season. While Whiteside is back, power forward James Johnson was dressed but did not play against the Bulls due to a minor knee injury. The Heat looked like a more complete team with Whiteside on the court as he makes a huge impact on defense with shot blocking ability and rebounding.
The Chicago Bulls’ starting lineup against the Miami Heat featured Jerian Grant at point guard, Justin Holiday at shooting guard, David Nwaba at small forward, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez at center. Without the star power of Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, the Bulls will look to count on players like Robin Lopez and Lauri Markkanen to produce for the Bulls. Markkanen led the Bulls in scoring as he dropped 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Robin Lopez also had a really solid game as he scored 22 points. The Bulls really didn’t have much going against the Heat. They shot at 40.4% and only made 63.2% of their free throws.
The Miami Heat’s starting lineup against the Chicago Bulls featured Goran Dragic at point guard, Dion Waiters at shooting guard, Josh Richardson at small forward, Okaro White at power forward and Hassan Whiteside as the man in the middle. Having Whiteside back for the Heat was one of the reason they beat the Bulls. Whiteside scored 13 points but also grabbed 14 rebounds for a double-double. Goran Dragic was the key contributor for the Heat’s offense as he dropped 20 points. He also had 6 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. Tyler Johnson also had a really nice game off the bench as he dropped 19 points with three 3-pointers.
The Miami Heat will take a day off before there next game. The Heat will travel cross country to take on the Denver Nuggets. Nikola Jokic will be the player to watch for the Miami Heat as he is easily the Denver’s best player. Jokic leads the Nuggets in points per game (17.3), rebounds per game (11.3) and assists per game (4.3). The Miami Heat will play the Denver Nuggets Friday night at 9pm EST.