On Thursday, the NBA gave us a break from opening week craziness and only schedule two games. First, Derrick Rose made his regular season debut in Chicago as the Bulls dispatched of the New York Knicks 82-81 by the way of a Rose game-winning floater-type shot.
Rose was introduced and Chicago really did a good job of welcoming him back with THESE COOL RED LIGHT-LIKE THINGS:
Chicago Bulls starting lineup intro pic.twitter.com/UmzoqhHJsX
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 1, 2013
Here’s the intro video:
Rose looked improved but still isn’t all the way there yet, whatever “there” is going to be for him this season. He looked quicker and more decisive but his shot wasn’t on — some of that could be blamed on the neck soreness that he’s been battling the past few days.
With the Bulls struggling offensively, Kirk Hinrich took it upon himself to play hero ball. IT WAS AWESOME.
Hinrich finished with nine points on the night.
Rose finished with 18 points on 7 of 23 shooting, including this game-winner:
In the second game of the night, the Clippers knocked off the Warriors 126-115 in their home opener. They said Lob-City was dead but on Thursday night it reared its head again, just for a bit as DeAndre Jordan defied the law of gravity on cue.
Then Blake got his.
In between, Jordan and Andrew Bogut were formally introduced.
BTW, in the loss, Steph Curry went insane from three — 9 for 14
Chris Paul finished with 42 points, 15 assists, five steals and some sick handles.
Last, but not least, Halloween and the NBA is awesome.
— Scott Strazzante (@ScottStrazzante) November 1, 2013