The time is here! We are a couple hours away from the start of the season and what better way to start it off than a much anticipated game in the Eastern Conference every year.

The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls. This game will give the Bulls an opportunity to showcase to their fans how far they are willing to push their talent this year after falling short to the Cavaliers 4-2 in a best of seven series last season in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The United Center in Chicago will definitely be full of noise!

Suffering from lower back pain, Lebron James was questionable at first if he was going to start the season. James had practiced each of the last 2 days after he had two weeks off following the back injection he received. He states he is ready for Tuesday, but not highly anticipating it.

“We’re not going to put too much on the first game of the season,” James stated. “We’ve put in a lot of work over the last few weeks, and you can only try to get healthy, work your habits, work your rhythm and our last few practices have been very good. But you don’t pull too much onus on if this will be the team that we’ll be long-term tomorrow.”


Cleveland will also bring back PF Kevin Love from the dislocated shoulder suffered in the first round of the playoffs last season. Superstar PG Kyrie Irving is far from practicing, working every day toward his goal.

“We’ll be on the road. It will be us, our traveling staff, our traveling team against those 20,000 fans and the Bulls, so it’s going to be a tough environment,” Kevin Love answered. “When that ball goes in the air, I think we’ll be ready.”

On the other end, Chicago’s prized possession, superstar PG Derrick Rose, with one eye or not will be playing against the Cavaliers with restricted minutes Tuesday.

“I was playing with one eye, and you can’t tell that I was playing with one eye,” Rose said. “In any profession, that’s just like you all with having just one arm or one hand, something like that, and typing. If you’re able to do it, you’re able to do it. If not, you’ve got to sit down.”

Backup PG Aaron Brooks has played well throughout this restriction. Year after year, Derrick Rose and the Bulls have failed to pass Lebron James, whether it was in a Cleveland or in Miami.

After defensive-minded coach Tom Thibodeau was let go, Hoiberg, former head coach of Iowa State, is the man of charge for this Bulls team.

With too many question marks in Chicago’s game plan, the Cavaliers might have the upper advantage tonight at 8pm ET against the Bulls.


Hagop Margossian

Spark Sports NBA Analyst