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5 Important Early Games On Chicago Bulls’ 2014-15 Schedule

Chicago Bulls 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Important Early Games

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The Chicago Bulls have serious championship aspirations heading into the 2014-15 NBA season. A healthy Derrick Rose combined with the additions of Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic among others have Bulls fans shaking with anticipation for the season to begin. The Bulls will have a chance to test themselves early with these five must-watch games.

5. Oct. 30 vs. Knicks

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5. Oct. 30 vs. Knicks

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The Bulls open their season against the guy who toyed with their emotions this summer in Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks should be much improved from their train-wreck of a season last year, and the Bulls will want to make an early statement and show that New York is not quite on their level just yet.

4. Oct. 31 vs. Cavaliers

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4. Oct. 31 vs. Cavaliers

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LeBron James at the United Center for the home opener. It doesn’t get much bigger than that in early season basketball. The Bulls and Cavs are the two favorites in the Eastern Conference, and this early season matchup will be a nice barometer of their respective teams and offseason acquisitions. Both teams should be better than their 2013-14 versions.

3. Nov. 10 vs. Pistons

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3. Nov. 10 vs. Pistons

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The Pistons have made offseason moves aplenty the past few summers, but they have not been able to compete in the Central division. Though that will probably continue this year, they’ll want to try and knock off the Bulls in this early matchup. Chicago cannot let up and must show Detroit that this is their division from the get-go.

2. Nov. 15 vs. Pacers

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2. Nov. 15 vs. Pacers

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Paul George’s injury makes this game a little less intriguing, but Chicago and Indiana have a longstanding rivalry in the Central division and 2014-15 will be no different. Roy Hibbert and Joakim Noah always seem to turn up the intensity when they face off against one another, and head coaches Tom Thibodeau and Frank Vogel are as intense as it gets. This rivalry is going nowhere.

1. Nov. 17 vs. Clippers

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1. Nov. 17 vs. Clippers

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The Derrick Rose-less Bulls got absolutely smoked by the Clippers multiple times last season. Guys like Joakim Noah and Tom Thibodeau don’t forget things like that, and with their new acquisitions and a healthy D. Rose, you know Chicago will be hot for revenge on Nov. 17.