Kevin Love

Noah and Butler

Alright, cialis alright, sovaldi sale alright! Who’s ready for some legitimate Bulls basketball? (raises hand eagerly) Preseason is fine and dandy, but it’s like going to get Froyo and just having some taste-test samples – you love some, you like some, but ultimately you want to put your favorites all in one tub and experience the magic! So maybe I enjoy Froyo too much, but I am also ready for the Chicago Bulls to run the floor of the United Center on Tuesday kicking off the new season. Who better to challenge our favorite men in red but the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers? Let the rivalry continue!

Remind me, why do we care about the Cavs?

Here’s the skinny, Cleveland currently is and has been the favorites of the Eastern Conference – which is the Bulls conference. First and foremost, they have Lebron James the four-time NBA MVP. He’s a freak of nature when it comes to basketball and my favorite player to hate because he’s always on the opposing team. The Cavs as a whole have crazy depth (we’re talking Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson) and can suffocate their opponents on offensive AND defense. Question is, will the Bulls new offensive-minded approach be enough to overpower the Cavs? Well, we’ll just have to find out.

Keep Your Eyes On: Lebron James and Jimmy Butler

Despite the few Derrick Rose hopeless romantics left in Chicago, we all know this Bulls team is going to be led by Jimmy Butler. He signed his big boy contract this offseason and now we need the man to perform. Butler always plays Lebron James tough since his professional game was developed under Thibodeau who preached defense. Lebron James, is rumored to not be practicing after a back injection, but he claims he is healthy and ready to go. Lebron James with the flu is still tougher to play than most guys in the league so Butler has his work cut out for him – per usual.

Big Bench Mob: 

Joakim Noah has been demoted to come off the bench according to Coach Hoiberg and Nikola Mirotic will be starting in his place. JoNo’s never been the team’s most prominent offensive player, but after a career low season in 2014-2015 and a new offensive minded coach, Noah needs to add something else to the mix. Apparently, that something else is going to be coming off the bench, but I mean Taj Gibson AND Noah off the bench is rather intimidating to other team’s reserves. I kind of love the depth.

Masked Man:

This is definitely day-to-day, but as of right now Derrick Rose is slated to play in the home opener at the United Center on the 27th. Before the orbital fracture during practice (aka breaking his face) I was so optimistic about Rose this season, getting a healthy chance. Now he’s rocking a mask that looks incredibly uncomfortable and I would imagine it’s so hot and sweaty under there. Regardless, we’re not going to get top notch DRose for the home opener, but we may at least hear his name called during introductions. Also, totally unrelated to actually playing basketball, please enjoy the irony of Rose’s Addias 6 slogan “Never Break” – it’s too much for my heart to handle.

Two years in a row our Bulls have kicked off their home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. You know those NBA schedulers are adding fire to the already existing rivalry on purpose. Tip-off is at 7PM on the 27th, be at the UC or tune in! Time to #SeeRed Bulls babes.

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The NBA Playoffs are the time when the best NBA stars shine their brightest. But this playoff season, online many of the biggest names are missing due to injuries.  The NBA had a long and drawn out labor dispute this off-season which resulted in a shortened and more compacted season. Many blame this format for the rash of injuries throughout the league. Almost every big name player has sat out at one time or another during the season due to injury. The season has been loaded with back-to-back games and even some back-to-back-to-backs! This tough schedule means less recovery time. Some big names that have missed regular season games are Kobe Bryant, prostate LeBron James, healing Tony Parker (Eva Longoria’s ex), Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Luol Deng, and Dirk Nowitzki.

Below are the list of NBA teams that are missing their key players this post-season.

Derrick Rose being helped off the court

Chicago Bulls: You’ve been living in a cave if you haven’t heard about Derrick Rose’s season-ending ACL tear. The NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player is out for the remainder of the playoffs and an estimated 6-9 months total.  I admire his will, skill and determination but he had no reason to be in the game when the Bulls were up 12 points with under 90 seconds to play.

New York Knicks: I never know what to think of this team but they are really giving the Miami Heat a hall pass with the lineup they currently have. Remember the Jeremy Lin craze? He is out for the playoffs after knee surgery. Chicago land native, Iman Shumpert tore his ACL, out for the playoffs. After losing game 2 to the Heat, former All-Star Amar’e Staudemire lacerated his hand punching a fire extinguisher case in frustration, he will miss 1-2 games.

Rajon Rondo losing his cool

Boston Celtics: The Celtics are playing through the injuries and age and proving the have some fight left. They seem to be doing it without star shooter Ray Allen who has missed the first 2 games with a quad injury. Role players, Jeff Green and Jermaine O’Neal are out of commission for the post-season. Al-Star Rajon Rondo was ejected and got a one game suspension for purposefully bumping into a referee.

Dwight Howard, a pain in the back?

Orlando Magic: The reason the Magic made the playoffs was due to their towering superstar, Dwight Howard. After a long contract discussion that eventually kept Dwight in Orlando and a flurry of he said/he said over whether he tried to get his coach, Stan Van Gundy, fired, Dwight gets injured and is out for the year. His injury, a herniated disc, was the result of an elbow to the back during a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

 

Atlanta Hawks: Atlanta is another team reeling from the injury bug. All-Star, Al Horford may return for the second round of the playoffs (if the Hawks can make it that far). Fellow All-Star, Josh Smith injured his knee in game 2 and is a ‘maybe’ for game 3. Finally, Zaza Pachulia (pronounced Zja-Zja Puh-CHEW-Lee-uh, go ahead, it’s fun, say it!) has been out for 9 straight games and could miss 2 more before returning from his foot injury.

What Does this Mean?
This means that a healthy and already favored Miami Heat team could very well stroll their way into the NBA finals without tiring themselves out. Could Miami’s big three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh be weeks away from their first of “many” titles. I pray that this doesn’t happen but having the Bulls Rose-less, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched.

The Miami Heat Big Three

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