Everyone wanted to see how Derrick Rose would play, being that it would be his first NBA regular season game since he tore his ACL back in the 2012 playoffs. Rose ended the game with 12 points and two assists, returning to the same form he had before he got injured. It was good to see the former MVP back on the court. The aspects of Rose’s game that was lacking was the consistency in his scoring and his overall defense.
As the season progresses, he will get back into his rhythm. For being away from a professional NBA basketball game for over a year, he did show promise and a lot of growth. It will take this Bulls team a few more games to gel together as a team.
Throughout the game, you could tell that the Bulls’ were missing something that the Heat had: team chemistry.
Chicago needs a few more games to truly tap into their team dynamics and really come together as a whole. Joakim Noah looked noticeably sluggish and came out with no energy on the offensive end, only scoring two points and grabbing 11 rebounds. If they want to beat the Heat, every player on the Bulls’ must come out with high energy. Carlos Boozer was the only Bulls player that came out to play, recording a game-high of 31 points.
No matter how far the margin, the Bulls team always proves that they not willing to give up. Being down in the third quarter by 25 points, they were able to get back to within eight by the fourth. The Bulls surely gave LeBron James and the Heat a scare.
Though they lost by 12 points, the run Chicago had towards the end of the game proved that as the season goes on, they will become the team to fear. Before that though, they must prove that they can take down the champs. And yes, the Heat played their usual dominating game. The Bulls just couldn’t counter act with the same amount of intensity. It’s going to take some time, but they will get there.