The Chicago Bulls had 18 turnovers. Certainly, not a stat that would help the Bulls defeat the Heat. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls in scoring and played well in Miami. Boozer isn’t known for playing well in Miami, but he was the only light for the struggling Bulls. This game wasn’t just the return for Derrick Rose. Joakim Noah also returned to the court after suffering a groin injury. Noah, as expected, looked very rusty and his timing was off. He didn’t look hurt, but after not playing in the preseason he looked out of place. Things just got worse for the Bulls when Luol Deng could not buy a basket. He went 2-8 from the field, only contributing 4 points. Rose never really got things going, shooting 4-15 from the field. He also had 5 turnovers and just 12 points. Miami’s bench outscored the Bulls’ bench, 42-26. Norris Cole was a highlight for the Heat. He shot 5-7 from the field, contributing 11 points and 7 rebounds. LeBron James ended the game with 17 points, shooting 5-11. James wasn’t particularly dominant last night, but he didn’t need to be. His teammates were contributing equally, giving the Heat a nice balance on offense. Dwyane Wade didn’t have the best night either, ending the game with 13 points, shooting 5-13 from the field. Wade didn’t look like a young Wade, but maybe an aging Wade. A term that Wade refuses to come to terms with. For a few seasons, analysts questioned whether he can slow down Father Time and be the young Flash that he once was. Wade has been plagued with knee injuries that only allows glimpses of the greatness Wade was known for. This season will show and prove to all if Wade can maintain his spot in the league as one of the elite shooting guards in the league.
Derrick Rose played great during the preseason, shooting nearly 50% from the three point line. Rose has stated that he has worked on his jumper and three point shooting during the off season. His first game back from an ACL injury only to face the Miami Heat seemed a bit unfair. He didn’t play so well, but there were moments in which he proved that he was in fact back and ready to start the season without any restrictions. The Chicago Bulls did not end up with the results that they wanted, but still can use this game to measure where they are and where they want to be as a contending team. There’s no need to panic yet. Luckily, this was just the first game to 81 more. The Chicago Bulls need to focus on strengthening their chemistry and keeping themselves healthy throughout the season. As time passes, Joakim Noah will hopefully regain his timing and will be ready to contribute in the paint, offensively.
Especially after the second quarter, it seemed that the Heat dominated the entire game while having 20+ leads, the Bulls managed to crawl back into the picture making things a bit interesting in the fourth quarter. They could not get any closer than a 9 point margin, but finished with a score that didn’t reflect the tempo of the game. The Bulls start the season 0-1, losing to the Miami Heat 95-107. The Chicago Bulls will look to Thursday to get their first win of the season against the New York Knicks.