Chicago Bulls Fail To Ruin Miami’s Night

credit: Bleacher Report

credit: Bleacher Report

The return of Derrick Rose didn’t turn out as expected for the Chicago Bulls or their fans. While the Miami Heat were receiving their championship rings, the Chicago Bulls were in the locker room looking at film. Coach Tom Thibodeau refused to allow himself and the Bulls to watch, who they consider a rival, receive rings that they feel should have been theirs. Chicago planned on ruining their night, but the Heat obviously had other plans. The Bulls kept the game close in the first quarter due to Miami’s slow start, only trailing the Heat by 2 (15-17). But, the second quarter is where the Miami Heat woke up and decided to put the pressure on the Bulls. The Heat outscored the Bulls 18-37 in the 2nd quarter. After the Bulls starters sat for the beginning of the 2nd quarter, there was a big offensive drop off and the Bulls struggled to score for nearly the entire quarter. Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler, two defensive leaders, were benched early due to tick tacky foul calls. LeBron and Dwyane were able to roam free without worrying about Deng and Butler. Mike Dunleavy was brought in by Chicago to spread the floor and knock down open shots and three pointers. But, Dunleavy was a complete non-factor in the first half. He was 0-5 from the field. Dunleavy was so bad, that Thibodeau brought in their rookie Tony Snell to ease the struggles, but Snell wasn’t much better. Snell continued to make mistake after mistake. But, the criticism wasn’t too harsh on Snell due to him being a rookie facing the Miami Heat.

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.

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