Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for October 24, 2012:
It may have just been a preseason game, but the Heat have to be pleased with their 98-92 win over the Bobcats on Tuesday and the strong performance by Chris Bosh.
Not only did Bosh score 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field, but he recorded seven rebounds and five assists as well. With the start of the regular season right around the corner, Miami appears ready to make another run at the NBA Finals to help LeBron James build up his legacy as one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
The 2012-13 season could be an interesting one for the Bulls after Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL during the playoffs last year against the Philadelphia 76ers and if this team has any chance of returning as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference–they’ll need Boozer to take his game to a whole new level.
Boozer led the way for Chicago on Tuesday by scoring 24 points to go along with 12 rebounds and five assists as the Bulls went on to beat the Thunder 94-89. It may only be preseason, but it’s always nice to defeat the defending Western Conference Champions–even if they were playing without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Many believe the Pacers have the talent to take the Central Division this season and one of the main factors behind whether or not they can will be Danny Granger–who made his preseason debut on Tuesday.
Granger missed the first five games of Indiana’s preseason due to a knee injury and made a small contribution to the team’s 100-88 win over the Cleveland–scoring nine points to go along with three rebounds in just 13 minutes. Granger has always been the type of player capable of putting up double-double type numbers on a nightly basis and it may take some time to get comfortable, but give it at least a few weeks before the star forward is back to his old self.