5 Keys To Victory For Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat
Chicago Bulls: Have What It Takes To Beat The Heat Opening Night
With the preseason officially over, the NBA regular season will be in full force this upcoming week. There are a lot of intriguing games to start the season, but none bigger than the first night. The Chicago Bulls will be in Miami to prove they have what it takes against the two-time champion Miami Heat.
This game will be in overdrive with hype and anticipation. The Heat will get their championship rings and raise another banner on this night. They will enjoy the festivities and be ready to ball when its's over. The Bulls will be watching and focused to start their journey on a championship run. The Bulls have worked hard all preseason for this moment to try to dethrone the Heat.
There are many storylines for this upcoming game. The most important and anticipating storyline is the return of Bulls' superstar, Derrick Rose. He has looked very good and aggressive in the preseason leading the Bulls to an undefeated record (8-0). He hasn't been hesitant at all on his surgically repaired knee and had some very good games during the exhibition season.
Another storyline is how the Heat will respond after they get their championship rings. Sometimes when teams get their rings, they are so excited and lose focus that a game has to be played. If that happens, the Bulls will gladly pounce on them and make them realize that was last year.
The Bulls have a lot riding on this season coming up. They want to show the NBA world that when healthy, they are legitimate threats for a championship. It starts on Oct. 29, and here are the five keys to victory for the Bulls to defeat the Heat on opening night.
Rebounding and Size Advantage
This is where the Bulls can really punish the Heat with their overwhelming size and rebounding. The Bulls have a plethora of active bigs who can take advantage of the small ball the Heat like to play. Even if Joakim Noah doesn't play because of injury, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, Nazr Mohammed and Erik Murphy have enough size to bang with the Heat.
These are two of the best defenses in the league. Coach Tom Thibodeau always has his Bulls prepared against any attack. The Heat present a challenge because they like to get out and run with their athletic wing players. The Bulls have to be razor sharp on defense to stop them from running fast breaks.
Try To Contain Lebron James
This is easier said than done. Nobody can stop Lebron James from attacking the basket. The Bulls will throw a couple of players on him to give him different looks. Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng will try their best to contain the MVP.
Derrick Rose Playing At His Best
Rose has to be at his best for the Bulls to have a chance against the Heat. He will be excited for his regular season game in 19 months. He wants to prove that he is still a top player in this league. He should not force anything and let the game come to him. Rose is at his best when he's attacking, and the Heat have no one to stop him.
The Bulls bench will be a key factor all season. The new "bench mob" will have to outplay the Heat's bench to come away with a victory. The Bulls have a mix of veterans and rookies on their bench who Thibs is not shy on using.