Bulls Defeat Clippers, 114-101: 4 Observations of the Bulls on the West Coast

December 31st, 2011 by Adam Lufrano Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls started the lockout-shortened season slow, barely beating the shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers and losing to Golden State. However, Derrick Rose led his team back into Los Angeles last night and carved up the Clippers to give his team a 3-1 start to the season.

From all over the sports universe, pundits and fans alike have proclaimed this year's Bulls team as the group that's ready to take down the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. With the Miami Heat starting the season 4-0 and seeing an emergence in their first-round pick, Norris Cole, against the Boston Celtics (where he scored 14 points in the fourth quarter), the Bulls still have work to do to truly challenge Miami for a berth in the NBA Finals. 

But that's a long way away from now. The Bulls will get their chance to play Miami later in the regular season this year, yet they did sweep the Heat last year and that didn't translate to success against them in the playoffs. The Bulls No. 1 goal this regular season is to get the No. 1 seed over the Heat because, to beat Miami, they are going to need home-court advantage.

It has been an up and down start to the season for the ...

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