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Cavaliers-Bulls Rematch Highlights NBA Opening Night

October 27, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Jimmy Butler is poised for greatness for the Chicago Bulls.
How will Jimmy Butler fare with a healthy Derrick Rose in the Bulls backcourt? (nba.com)

The 2015-16 NBA season kicks off on Tuesday with three games on tap, but the one that intrigues us the most has the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Chicago Bulls in a rematch of last season’s Conference Semi-Finals, won in six games by the Cavs, on their way to representing the East in the NBA Finals.

According to the most recent odds at Sports.Betway.com, the Bulls (1.53) are favoured to exact a bit of revenge over the Cleveland (2.55) in this contest.

Let’s see how these teams match up in what could easily be a preview of this season’s Eastern Conference Final.

As mentioned, the Cavs wound up going to the Finals last year, but dropped the final three in losing in six games to the Warriors. As always, LeBron James will dictate the fortunes of this club, but there’s talk he may not see as much PT as usual — especially early on given the back woe that’s plagued him this preseason. He will suit up Tuesday, however.

LBJ is 30 now, so no longer a kid, and after seeing a career low 36.1 MPG last season, that figure may dip even lower this season. He remains one of the top Fantasy studs around, and the fact that he hoisted up more shots last season was great to see. Expect more of the same early on with PG Kyrie Irving (knee) sidelined. After all, we all know what Irving is capable of when healthy — even in the virtual world (see video below).

Meanwhile, Chicago’s stud PG is also dealing with injuries, as Derrick Rose — shockingly — can’t stay healthy. He’s expected to play Tuesday, but the fact that he says he’s still experiencing blurred vision in the wake of an orbital bone fracture is sobering.

Rose stayed somewhat healthier last season, playing in his most games (51) since 2010-11, and while he was more effective, his PT has been declining for several seasons. Chicago is a very different team when he’s in the lineup, and you can’t help but wonder how D-Rose’s presence will affect the continued development of star-in-the-making SG Jimmy Butler.

Cleveland was decimated by injuries in the playoffs and probably felt snakebitten as a result — especially after blowing its 2-1 lead in the Finals. You have to know that will be a motivating force all season for this team. The fact that somehow it feels like King James’ legacy won’t fully be complete under he brings a title to Cleveland only fuels that dynamic further.

Interestingly, the Bulls also blew a 2-1 lead in their conference semi-final, dropping the final three to bow out to Cleveland just as it appeared Chicago was ready to slay the beast.

The Cavs proved in that series that they didn’t necessarily live and die based on the performances of James and Irving. James only shot 39.9 per cent in the Chicago series, while Irving was also not at his best before getting hurt in the deciding game.

Other issues facing Cleveland early on this season will be how quickly Kevin Love returns to full effectiveness after his shoulder was hurt in the postseason. Centre Timofey Mozgov (knee) may also be somewhat limited early on as he underwent surgery in the offseason. Still, the fact that he’s been consistently flirting with double-doubles this preseason is a great sign.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what you expect to happen in this game.

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2015 NBA Summer League Report

September 11, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Mudiay is going to have a size advantage over many PGs, but unless he can drain his shot, it won’t matter much. He’s young and raw, so his shooting woes are nothing some mechanical fixes won’t address.
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2014-15 NBA Wire Troll All-Star Team

May 30, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
Mirotic got recommended twice before he became a March Monster, averaged 21 points and eight rebounds while possibly pushing you into and through the first round of your playoffs. Given consideration as the Rookie of the Year, he is still young and could be looking at a big role in Chicago for years to come.
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The Wire Troll: C.J. McCollum Flashing His Potential

April 11, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
He’s been massively inconsistent and the free agent to be could be nearing the end of his Lakers’ career. However, Johnson’s recent play may give LA pause to think about bringing him back next season. He’s been logging a big load lately, and while his shooting leaves something to be desired, Johnson has reached double digit points in four of the last five (including a team-high 16 on Sunday), while canning plenty of treys and pitching in with more boards than usual (although, overall, his rebounding is down slightly after averaging a career-best 4.4 last season).
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The Wire Troll: Jared Sullinger Makes Surprise Return

April 4, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
Exum, the fifth overall pick in lat year’s draft, has shown promise as a rookie but is still very raw. He did break into the starting lineup but that was more for his defensive presence than his offensive ability. Exum wasn’t as aggressive as most fans had hoped, however he has taken that criticism to heart and has started attacking the hoop more. He is still struggling to score but did have a career high 12 assist on Wednesday. It’s a small sample size but the eye test says Exum could finish this season strong, and is a great option to trade for in dynasty leagues as he has a very bright future.
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