The NBA season finally got underway last night as the Chicago Bulls visited the defending champion Miami Heat. Both sides had it all to play for as they wanted to make an early statement to send a message to the rest of the league.
Well, one message was clearly sent while the other one did not go through.
The game was expected to be extremely competitive with the return of Derrick Rose starting for his Bulls as the main point guard, but things did not go as planned. In fact, he only finished with 12 points and four assists in a game where he was only 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. Maybe it was goosebumps, nerves or intimidation, but Rose has to be better than who he was last night.
One bright spot from the Bulls was none other than their starting power forward Carlos Boozer, who finished with 31 points on a night were he was perfect from the free throw line and went 13-of-18 on shot attempts. He played fearlessly and proved that he is up to the challenge. However, more than one starter is needed to defeat the likes of the NBA champions on the road.
LeBron James did not have the best of games, but he did just enough to inspire his teammates to a 107-95 victory. They led by as many as 25 points at one point, and Chicago managed to storm back — but it was never going to be enough.
On a night where the champions started off by receiving their rings, defeating one of the better teams in the league to celebrate was the perfect ending.