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2013-2014 Chicago Bulls Schedule: 5 Most Important Games To Watch

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Top 5 Most Important Games On Chicago Bulls 2013-2014 Schedule

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The NBA released its 2013-2014 regular season schedule on Tuesday, August 6. Some people say that the regular season is meaningless and too long, but there's a lot of anticipation and excitement brewing for the Chicago Bulls after a frustrating and injury-plagued season in 2012-2013. The Bulls scratched and clawed their way to the playoffs, but was eventually knocked out in the second round by the NBA champion Miami Heat.

The Bulls are ready to get back to work and prove that they are still legitimate title contenders when healthy. So when the schedule was released, the biggest questions for most Bulls fans was "who do they play the first game of the season?" and "when can they expect former MVP and superstar Derrick Rose to make his triumphant return to the United Center?" Well, the NBA and its schedule-makers did not disappoint and answered those questions immediately. The schedule is very daunting and competitive from top to bottom. It will be a challenge and difficult season as usual, but coach Tom Thibodeau will have his players grinding and ready for a championship run.

The roster is loaded with seasoned veterans, wing players, big men and rookies ready to contribute right away. But the biggest wild card coming back is their main weapon, point guard Derrick Rose. He is the difference-maker no matter what the schedule looks like. He will determine if the Bulls are contenders or just a very good team that gets bounced out the playoffs. Here's a look at five of the most important and exciting matchups of the Chicago Bulls 2013-2014 schedule.

Courtney Harden is a Chicago Bulls writer for  Follow him on Twitter @courtney110979, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Bulls at Miami Heat October 29

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The first game of the regular season. This will be one of the most hyped and talked-about games of the year. Derrick Rose will make his anticipated return from the ACL injury he suffered in the 2012 playoffs. All eyes will be on Rose to see how he responds against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Rose claims he is the best player in the league -- well, he gets to show it on opening night against the four-time MVP, Lebron James. On top of all that, the Heat will have their championship ring ceremony as well. Lots of intriguing storylines on opening night.

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New York Knicks at Bulls, October 31

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Halloween night. The Bulls' home opener. Derrick Rose's first game back at the United Center since the 2012 Eastern Conference playoffs. The magnitude of this night will be full of excitement and its against a legitimate contender in the New York Knicks.

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Bulls at Indiana Pacers, November 6

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These are two of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference battling each other early in the season. Both teams have championship hopes and if there is any threat to the Miami Heat, it's the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers.

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Miami Heat at Bulls, December 5

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The Heat storm into the United Center for the first time this season. The last time the Heat and Bulls played at Chicago in the regular season, the Bulls snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak. Keep your schedules clear to watch this one.

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Bulls at Brooklyn Nets, December 25

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Christmas Day games are always fascinating. Many fans and people around the league will say the NBA regular season doesn't start until Christmas Day. The Bulls come to Brooklyn to get their first look at the newly-constructed Brooklyn Nets. The Nets added future Hall-of-Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to their roster, and have a rookie head coach in Jason Kidd. These two teams had a very feisty and highly-spirited seven-game playoff series last season. This game will be very thrilling to say the least.