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Heat-Bulls: Game 2 Preview

Miami looks to bounce back from shocking Game 1 loss

By David Hill
|  Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 10:48 AM EDT
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LeBron James of the Miami Heat drives against Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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The Miami Heat lost only four games at the AmericanAirlines Arena during the 2012-13 regular season. So Tuesday's practice and film session at the arena felt a little different than usual following the team's loss in Game 1 of its Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Chicago Bulls.

"We haven't lost in a while, so it was very different to come in here and deal with a loss and to deal with it in the playoffs at home," Dwyane Wade said Tuesday. "It was different from the standpoint of what we've been used to lately, but not anything different from what we've been used to as a team. We've been in tough moments. We've lost games before."

The Heat are not panicking, but there is a sense of urgency that might have been missing during the eight days between Miami's previous game (when they completed a sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs) and Monday's game.

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"Playoffs are all about revealing who you are," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It's either a win or a loss, and so we lost the first game. We have to figure it out, somehow, some way, to win the next game. And that's all it is.

"We have to fight for our playoff lives right now, to play a much harder and much more committed game together tomorrow night."

The Bulls will likely be without guard Luol Deng again on Wednesday, as he continues to recover in Chicago from complications from a spinal tap taken last week. Guard Kirk Hinrich, who also missed Monday's game, might not play either, as he continues to limp due to a calf injury that has kept him out of Chicago's last four games.

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But the Bulls managed to win without either of them on Monday, so their absence will probably not faze Chicago at all.

Miami's film session on Tuesday revealed that despite Monday's result, the Heat got plenty of open shots in three-point range. They failed to execute to their usual abilities, though, shooting 7 for 24 from beyond the arc.

"It ain't about Xs and Os in this series," LeBron James said. "It's about will and determination to win the series, for both teams."

"We want our shooters to shoot and they will continue to shoot because we will continue to find them. We've got the utmost confidence in them."

Game 2 tips off just after 7pm ET, with coverage on TNT.

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