Tuesday, August 6, 2013
2013-14 schedule: 10 games to watch
By Nick Friedell
Derrick Rose's first regular season game in about 18 months will come against LeBron James and the Heat on Oct. 29.
Derrick Rose's likely return headlines what is one of the most anticipated Chicago Bulls' schedules in recent memory. Here's a quick look at 10 of the most intriguing matchups on the 2013-14 schedule that was released on Tuesday.
Bulls at Miami Heat, Oct. 29: The regular season opener. This is scheduled to be Rose's first regular season game since April 25, 2012. This is also the Heat's ring night and the fans in Miami will be going nuts. This is the game all Bulls fans, and league executives, will have circled on their schedule.
New York Knicks at Bulls, Oct. 31: The Bulls' home opener. Rose is scheduled to play his first game at the United Center since tearing his ACL against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of the 2012 Eastern Conference playoffs.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Bulls, Nov. 11: Rose and Cleveland star point guard Kyrie Irving have yet to face each other in a professional game. This would mark the first time assuming both are healthy.
Bulls at Los Angeles Clippers, Nov. 24: The Bulls get their first shot at the new-look Clippers led by Doc Rivers. It will be interesting to see how Rose and Co. handle Chris Paul in the middle of their first long West Coast swing of the season.
Heat at Bulls, Dec. 5:LeBron James and his teammates make their first appearance in the United Center this season. Don't think they've forgotten that this was the place their 27-game winning streak ended last season.
Bulls at Brooklyn Nets, Dec. 25: Rose and his teammates have always talked about what an honor it is to play on Christmas Day. They'll get their chance again this year against the Kevin Garnett-led Nets in Brooklyn.
Bulls at Golden State Warriors, Feb. 6: After struggling for years at Oracle Arena, the Bulls picked up a blowout win there last season. With Andre Iguodala in Golden State and Rose back with the Bulls, this game should be action-packed. Plus, Tom Thibodeau will face Brian Scalabrine, now an assistant coach on Mark Jackson's staff, for the first time.
Heat at Bulls, March 9: The Bulls are back in a familiar role -- playing a Sunday afternoon nationally-televised game against the league's best. This is the final time in the regular season these two teams meet and should be a good primer for a possible Eastern Conference finals showdown.
Indiana Pacers at Bulls, March 24: This rivalry has gained a lot of steam over the past few seasons. Many pundits believe the Pacers have passed the Bulls as far as threats to the Heat go. Thibodeau will have his team amped up for this game.