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Ray Allen breaks down how to stop the Bulls

It was obvious talking to Ray Allen on Sunday that the Heat has spent plenty of time breaking down film on the Bulls over the past week. Two of the biggest strengths for Chicago are Joakim Noah's tenacity on defense and Nate Robinson ability to create havoc on offense. Allen addressed both...

MINIMIZING NOAH
Allen said ball movement will be the key to forcing the Bulls’ tough defense out of its comfort zone and getting Noah and Taj Gibson out of the paint. Chicago allowed 93.2 points per game during the regular season and held the Nets to an average of 97.4 points per game in the first round despite the Bulls’ 142-134 triple-overtime victory in Game 4. Noah had 14 rebounds and six blocks in Game 7.

“Watching film, there’s a lot of things…they play really strong-side defense, so in order for us to negate that, we need to make sure to put guys in positions and … penalize them by making sure that [James and Wade] get the ball quickly,” Allen said. “Don’t play against their pressure and just move the ball around and we’ll break them down.”

NEGATING NATE
Chicago guard Nate Robinson delivered a breakout effort in the Bulls’ first round. He averaged 17.0 points per game, or nearly four more points per game than in the regular season. He had 34 points in the Game 4 epic, including 23 points in the fourth quarter. Corralling the speedy and compact guard will be a point of emphasis for Heat defenders.

“We just have to put more pressure on him,” Allen said. “Watching them play in the first series, it just looked like [Brooklyn] let him move all over the place and the pick and rolls he came off he was very free. He had shots, he had drives to the basket, he had carte blanche to whatever he wanted out there. For us, we just have to make sure we put a little more pressure on him.”

FROZEN FRIENDSHIP
One bonus note on Noah and Udonis Haslem ... 

Haslem and Noah share a strong friendship but that relationship is on ice for the time being. The two high-energy players from the University of Florida will go head-to-head in the series.

“When we see each other it’s always much love and much respect,” Haslem said. “It’s always going to be a special bond between us because we’re both Gators, but when the ball goes up, we both understand that we got a job to do and we’re going to repeat at a high level. And at that point we’re not Gators. I play for the Heat and he’s a Bull and that’s what it comes down to.”

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This is the best position in the world for Miami right now. I know they reizlae it ..they just have to take advantage of it.. Lebron wanted his shot well here it its right in front of his face, . If Miami puts OKC out in 5 games can you imagine how the Media will react after they said Miami was the underdog? haha I will have my fingers cross that Miami can finish OKC? in Miami Then all this talk about Lebron has no rings can stop.

OK, Game 7...

We looked terrible in game 6... We have to get back to running the offense that got us to this point... Can't try to change things up right now.... Can't wait... The officials will give a chance to win a title to those Pacers... If we don't bring it in game 7, our season will be over.... Can't wait.... Attack this team from the tip... Put Bron in the post... D-wade has to attack and look to dunk the ball... CB, has to get more aggressive... For the record, Allen could watch down the stretch... Don't give him the chance to ruin this run... I will not tweet during the game.. looks like they get hype, when I'm try to get you to turn it up...

Look, our season is on the line... We have to come out swinging... We can not let them dictate tempo, we can not let them out work us... We have to want it more... We have to fight for every play... Attack Hibbert early... GET HIM OFF THEW FLOOR.... Infact attack their whole starting five... Don't give these ref's a chance late to make some call that changes this game....

Take it to them.... From start to finish...

Look, either we come to play, or that Pacers team will win game 7...

Run the same offense that you have ran all year...

Really, everytning that you have been running, plays into the style of play that opens up lanes to drive to the rim... It also opens up shot all over the floor...

What we didn't do in game 6 was, we didn't attack the paint...

We let them dictate what we were gonna do... CAN'T DO THAT... We have to set the tone early...

Put Bron in the post./...

Defense...

The mindset of managing fouls early took your aggressiveness for a loop... Look, we have a roster that should withstand going head to head with anybody...

Even if the spurs are helping these guys...

WE CAN NOT WAIT....

ATTACK... ATTACK... ATTACK....

TAKE RAY ALLEN OUT.... NOT NOW.... PLAY MILLER...

Bron, set the tone early... This is gonna be a long night for who ever has to guard me.... In the POST.. They have no answer for you in the post... Create shots for others and dominate this team....

D-Wade, attack... attack... attack...

CB, get more aggressive... Get engaged with the action... Be a force on the offensive end... Need a 20-10 game in this one... Come to play...

UD, need a big game in this one.. Battle... The ref's targeted you in the 2nd half of game 6... Look, it ain't no secret, these ref's have been keeping that team in this fight... Game 7, we gotts fight back...

Rio, stay aggressive... Need one of those games from you... Come to play.... Focus...

Shane, get into the fight... need your shot to fall... solid defense.. come to play...

Cole, bring that energy off the bench... attack... take your shot... stay aggressive... come to play...

Birdman, bring that energy... stay aggressive... battle... come to play...

Miller, come to play... let it fly....

We can not let any one take this game away from us...

Yes this has been a challenge, but that doesn't mean we have lost the chance to compete for the title...

48 minutes... We have to be better... We gotta compete better... We have to want it.... The HUNGER that passion that you play with has to be there for game 7... this can not be the end of this season...

The back cuts haven't been used in this series... use them...

have CB cut to the rim... pass has to be there on time...

run these guys off the floor... they want to run... run their asses off the floor...

can't give them a chance to steal this game... dominate from tip to buzzer...

DON'T WAIT....

BE SMART WITH FOULS....

DON'T CHANGE WHAT GOT YOU HERE... RIGHT NOW, LOCK IN... SUPREME FOCUS... SET THE TONE EARLY.... TAKE IT TO THEM.... EVERYBODY....

The three ball stated to fall.. We need that... But continue to ATTACK....

That was just one play to get guys open in the lane...

It's more than that....

Gotta get aggressive... We're letting them off the hook...

When we're aggressive and Hungry, they're isn't a team put together that can beat us....

We have to take control of this game early.... Don't wait.... Dominate early.... Get the lead and stretch the lead.... Play down the stretch basketball for 48 minutes....

At this point, nothing else matters, we have to win game 7....

Adversity sometimes makes you have to dig just a little deeper.....

Know that this is it...

Don't wait....

The where we scored 70 in the 1st half, let's get them running....

They can't stop you from scoring...

Run your sets....

The game where we scored 70 points in the 1st half, let's get a flow on offense... TURN IT UP...

They can't stop you...

Run your sets...

Can't let these Officials dictate who wins this game....

Gotta out work them.... Limit turnovers... Attacking defense.... Run.... Attack.... Drive to the basket... Mid-range shot... The floater... The three ball... The and 1... Motion... Back side cutters, pass the ball, but come to the pass as well.... Keep the pressure on them.....

Let them know early... In the POST....

Let's break them down...

Big inside: we should run them up and down the court... they want to run on offense... make them run on defense.... get them in foul trouble... can't let up... everybody has to be on the attack... crash the boards...

The wings: they can't hold Bron on the post... dominate them inside early.. Wade, you have to attack them, keep cutting to the rim, get to the line, need a good game from you in this one... Miller, could help with his shot... Shane, need a good game from you...

The backcourt: Rio, stay aggressive... if you gotta good look at the three, drill it, attack hill, get him off the floor... Cole, stay aggressive, attack at times, and take your shot too, drive and kick, stay aggressive on defense...

48 minutes... Let's go....

We didn't come to just win the EASTERN CONFERENCE... WE CAME TO WIN IT ALL....

Hibbert has been staying games because we're not attacking him enough... First run him, than attack him....

The Spurs are sitting back, helping this team because they know they can beat them....

It ain't going down like that....

Attack hibbert and west... forget the physical whatever... out work them....

we gotta want it...

don't give in....

Miller and Battier over Allen... let's get them open looks...

we gotta defend better...

force tempo... the ref's will try to slow you up... force tempo... make them submit.... run them....

This team by far has been our toughest competition....

We are gonna need a huge effort from everyone...

We gotta be better...

Use the home crowd....

TURN IT UP.....

instead of going at them looking for contact, just dunk it....

keep attacking them... dunk it...

blitz the paint.... come from all angles...

every time you go on a run they call time out... come out of those time outs even more pumped...

they came out, in the 3rd and took over... we have to take over from start to finish...

48 minute grind...

remember, they want to run....

if we run with them????

who's the better running team????

RUN.... ATTACK.... MOTION.... STAY AGGRESSIVE... 48 MINUTES....

WE HAVE TO DEFEND BETTER... CRASH THE BOARDS.... ATTACKING DEFENSE...

DEFENSE IS THE KEY.... DON'T FOUL.... REBOUND... RUN...

CB, when your in position for a rebound, I notice they push you or hold you... Play it off or sell it to the Officials... That might help a little..

Wade, really need a strong game in this one... Come to play...

Last year we had a tough game 7 against Boston...

For some reason, this one, I'm to nervous...

We gotta be the aggressor's in this game...

Dictate tempo...

All in...

we gotta out score them in every quarter..

ONE GAME... ONE NIGHT... DOMINATE EVERY QUARTER...

We gotta attack Hibbert, George, and Hill....

Bron, get George in the post and attack...

Wade, get Hill to switch and post him up, attack...

CB, Hibbert likes to push, sell it, make him run on both sides, everyone attack him....

Get these guys off the floor early...

Attack early... Dominate late....

With Bird on the floor, have him curl open in the lane, lob it to him....

Bird, attack the lob...

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