|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM|
I don't see it. Please tell me if I'm wrong. These two teams faced once in the playoffs in the last 3 seasons in which the Bulls were actual contenders. The Bulls and Heat did face each other this past season in the second round, but the Bulls were without Deng, and Rose, along with many other minor injuries to others. They also squared off in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. I feel like this is being over hyped in some ways. The Bulls have been without Rose for an entire 2013 season, and they didn't have him during the 2012 playoffs.
the Heat's closest rival be the Pacers for the time being. Maybe even
the Nets in someway because Paul and Kevin have a long history with
James. The Heat and Bulls may be rivals, but I don't buy the hate that
James proclaims that he has for the Bulls. I just feel like some of this from James is fake. On the other hand, I believe the Bulls hate James and the Heat. Noah being one of the players. James is always trying to be best friends with players, so sometimes I don't believe what he says.
"We don't like them, they don't like us," James said of the Bulls after the drill. "It's not unheard of. We all know how it is."
"No, not at all," Bosh said after the 20-minute drill. "It's all planned. We know they're big, physical and we know we have to finish."
The Heat expect the Bulls to be extra motivated Tuesday, and not just because it marks point guard Derrick Rose's first game back since suffering a torn ACL in April 2012. The Heat will also be raising their 2012-13 championship banner and getting their rings before the game, and it's not lost them that they ended the Bulls' season in the Eastern Conference semifinals just five months ago.
"It don't matter who it is," James said of the opponent for the opener. "But we like the fact that it's the Bulls."
Not that the Bulls will be watching. Instead, they'll be in the locker room, coach Tom Thibodeau said Monday.
"That's their ceremony, not ours," Rose said. "If we were getting our rings there would be a little bit of a distraction, but for us we know that we got to stay focused, come together as a team, and really take their first hit because they're definitely going to be on charge."
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