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Different teams, same opinion: Bulls, Heat looking for Game 2 improvements

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half in Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Miami. The Bulls defeated the Heat 93-86. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) reacts during the second half in Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Miami. The Bulls defeated the Heat 93-86. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • The Chicago Bulls bench, from left, Derrick Rose, Vladimir Radmanovic, Marquis Teague, Nazr Mohammed and Daequan Cook react during the second half in Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Miami. The Bulls defeated the Heat 93-86. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    The Chicago Bulls bench, from left, Derrick Rose, Vladimir Radmanovic, Marquis Teague, Nazr Mohammed and Daequan Cook react during the second half in Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat, Monday, May 6, 2013, in Miami. The Bulls defeated the Heat 93-86. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah talks to reporters at a hotel in Miami on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Bulls face the Miami Heat in Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah talks to reporters at a hotel in Miami on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Bulls face the Miami Heat in Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

There was a shared sentiment from the Chicago and Miami camps on Tuesday. Both teams insisted they need to improve in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

That's more obvious in Miami's case.

The reigning NBA champions finished with the league's best record, though now find themselves in trouble after dropping Monday's series opener. The Heat shot just under 40 percent, their second-worst showing in 87 games overall this season.

There were other anomalies, such as Chicago scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter, matching the most Miami has allowed all season. Still, the Heat know things need to change in a hurry, with coach Erik Spoelstra saying on Tuesday that his club is already fighting for its playoff lives.

Game 2 is Wednesday in Miami.