Nets vs. Bulls Preview: Welcome To The Battle of The IR

Nets vs. Bulls Preview: Welcome To The Battle of The Injured Reserve

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A Christmas Day basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls sure sounded like a classic in the making four months ago. Now, fans are stuck with a nonsense matchup. There is no Derrick Rose-Deron Williams battle to get excited over. There is no Brook Lopez-Joakim Noah post battle to look forward to. All we have left is a Kevin Garnett-Carlos Boozer war in the paint — riveting.

The Bulls are used to dealing with injuries while the Nets have just opened the manual on them. Jason Kidd has to find a balance between being a head coach and former player because the spotlight will be shining brightly on him today.

The Bulls enter the game the game with a record of 10-16, which is good for third place in the Central Division. They sit 12 games back out of first, while the Nets come in at 9-18 and sit 2.5 games out of first place in their division. This game had all the makings of a great defensive battle, and now it’s just going to be a battle for fans not to turn the channel. The NBA is kicking themselves because they thought they were getting two marquee teams, not teams trying to find themselves.

This could still wind up being a great game if the Nets come out looking to prove that they are no quitters. The Bulls are out to show the nation that they could win without Rose again. It’s pride on the line for these two franchises and once that kicks into gear, all bets are off.

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