Rant and Rise: Los Angeles Lakers Fall to 0-2, Chicago Bulls Win, San Francisco Giants Celebrate

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for November 1, 2012:

Los Angeles Lakers Fall to Portland Trail Blazers

After all of the key offseason acquisitions that included Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the last thing the Lakers expected was two-straight losses to begin the 2012-13 NBA season. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the case for Los Angeles as they’re coming off a 116-106 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Howard let the way for the Lakers as he contributed 33 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five assists while Kobe Bryant scored 30 points of his own with six rebounds. Still, it’s clear this Los Angeles team clearly has some work to do when it comes to playing with team chemistry on the court.

Chicago Bulls Win Opener Against Sacramento Kings Without Derrick Rose

There are plenty of questions surrounding the Bulls as they start the regular season without their star guard Rose–who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during last year’s playoffs. If opening night is any indication of what to expect, it looks like Chicago will be just fine–even if it was just a game against Sacramento.

The Bulls opened their season with a 93-87 win over the Kings thanks to a strong performance by Jokaim Noah–who finished the game with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, five steals, and three blocks. Noah will be a key factor when it comes to whether or not this team can return to the postseason while Rose continues his recovery and it will be interesting to see if he can continue these performances on a consistent basis.

San Francisco Giants Celebrate World Series Win 

This year will go down as one of the greatest postseason runs of all time as the Giants managed to overcome two large deficits against the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals before sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. San Francisco celebrated their second World Series win in three seasons on Wednesday with a parade in front of their fans–which must have been even more fun considering it was Halloween.

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