BENCH | EDGE: HEAT
• Heat: The best of the Big 3 era, by far: Ray Allen was the Heat’s second-leading scorer in the first round (16.5 points per game); Chris Andersen had 33 points and 21 rebounds in 59 minutes and Cole was a factor. Battier shot 5 for 22 overall against the Bucks but had a career-best season from three-point range.
• Bulls: If Deng and Hinrich can play, that allows Robinson and Belinelli to come off the bench, with Taj Gibson and if needed, Daequan Cook, Nzar Mohammed and Hamilton. Solid group, but not as good as Bulls benches of past seasons, before Omar Asik and others bolted.
COACH | EDGE: EVEN
• Heat: Erik Spoelstra has made virtually all the right moves with this group — implementing a free-flowing offensive system that suits his team without compromising defensively, settling on a tidy nine-man rotation and inserting Haslem as a starter.
• Bulls: No coach extracts more effort, energy and defensive diligence from his team than gravel-voiced Tom Thibodeau. He has made several sound decisions, including opting for Belinelli over Hamilton in Games 6 and 7 of the Nets series.
INTANGIBLES | EDGE: HEAT
• Heat: Miami couldn’t be playing any better, with 41 wins in its past 43 games. The only concern is whether Wade will be at peak efficiency while continuing to deal with a bone bruise in his knee.
• Bulls: A proud, feisty bunch, the Bulls lack the overall offensive talent to measure up with the Heat, and health is a concern (Deng, Hinrich, likely no Rose). But the Bulls out-rebounded the Heat by 42 in the four games, and their defense, hustle and interior presence create challenges.