Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  33 responses

Post Up: Happy Homecomings

D. Rose hits a game winner, CP3 leads a blowout.

by Brett Weisband| @weisband

Bulls 82, Knicks 81

Bulls fans waited 551 days between Derrick Rose home games. They let him know just how much they missed him as he came onto the floor.

They waited another five-plus minutes for him to get his first bucket. That hoop was one of the last highlights for the next 12 or so minutes of game time, other than the Halloween-flavored uniforms on court. Rose struggled to find his shot, going 2-11 in an ugly first half. The two teams combined for 21 turnovers and 4-15 long range shooting in the first half.

Rose (18 points, 7-23 shooting) got his stroke going after half, though, knocking down two straightaway triples to start the third. Late in the quarter, Carmelo Anthony decided it was his turn to get in on the action, hitting two mid-range shots and three pointer in a 2:16 span. Even so, the Bulls took a 10-point lead into the fourth.

Chicago went ice cold in the fourth, letting the Knicks get right back into the game. As the Bulls missed shot after shot, Melo, who finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and a surprising 6 steals, helped pull New York into the lead. The game went into the final minute tied at 80. The Knicks caught a break, as an out of bounds call was reversed in their favor. While they couldn’t capitalize on the ensuing possession, Tyson Chandler (7 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks) drew a foul as he battled Joakim Noah (6 and 15) for the rebound to head to the line, where he made 1-2.

On the Bulls’ final possession, down a point, Tom Thibodeau decided to see what his returning superstar could do, and D. Rose delivered. Rose got the ball on the wing, drove right, and put up his patented floater over two defenders. Buckets. Of course.

Melo missed a last second jumper, and the Bulls got the win in their home opener. Luol Deng played a big role in Chicago, dropping 17 on one of the few solid shooting performances of the night (8-15 from the field).

Clippers 126, Warriors 115

Welcome to the new West. After years as doormats, the Warriors and Clippers start this season as two of the favorites in the conference after their moves over the summer.

Two of the biggest reasons these franchises have risen to prominence are their smallest players: Chris Paul and Steph Curry. Those two both lit it up early and often at the Staples Center. CP3 came an assist short of a double-double in the first half, and even added in a fastbreak dunk just to remind people that he can. Curry nearly matched Paul’s scoring outburst, raining in his usual array of lightning-quick jumpers.

Things got heated early, as DeAndre Jordan and Andrew Bogut got into a shoving match after Bogut delivered a hard foul, hinting that this rivalry could get even chippier as the season goes on.

LA went into half with a 13-point lead, and things didn’t get much prettier for Golden State after that. Paul, as he’s known to do, completely controlled the game, finishing with 42 points, 15 assists and 6 steals. He got plenty of help, too, with Blake Griffin contributing 23 and 10 rebounds. Even though Griffin retired Lob City before the season, it was reincorporated in the Clips’ first game under their own banners. In a 32-second span in the third, CP3 hit Blake for three straight oops, pushing LA’s lead 18.

The Clippers had three other players in double figures: their hot-shooting new pieces, JJ Redick and Jared Dudley, and sixth man Jamal Crawford. Jordan pulled down 17 boards for the Clips, but went just 3-12 from the line (including an airball), which will be a concern for Doc all season.

Golden State took the L despite 38 from Steph, who went a ridiculous 9-14 from deep. (Side note: When does Ray Allen start worrying about his all-time record?) David Lee continued his solid start to the season with 22 points in just 29 minutes, but Klay Thompson couldn’t repeat his effort from the Lakers game and finished with just 10 points on 3-7 from the floor. Andre Iguodala did what he does for the Dubs, putting up a double-double with 14 and 11 assists to go with 2 steals.

Even though this one wasn’t close, it’s safe to say that the games between these two young squads are going to be among the most fun all season.

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  • Slick Ric

    Exciting duel between Steph and CP3, the shots Curry takes and makes are ridiculous. .

  • spit hot fiyah

    true, 11 turnovers was also ridiculous

  • spit hot fiyah

    sick game winner by rose against syracuse!

    yeah raymond felton doesn’t seem to need any help

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    If CP3 chose to score more, he would be the best PG yall say he is.

  • Max

    Near triple double!

  • Max

    DRose missed alot of shots yesterday he would normally make, so even after the 2 bad games I’d say he’s looking very good so far.
    And I had no doubt that when he let go of that floater it would go in even though the shot was made very difficult by Chandler.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Baseline floater. Such a tough shot.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Spike Lee’s face….priceless.

  • Stepfan Raiford
  • Stepfan Raiford

    Bulls need to make a trade for Jamal Crawford ASAP.

  • pposse

    pass on the crackhead ball player

  • Slick Ric

    Happens to the best of them, as long as it’s not often, it’s cool. That shot is lethal though.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Huh pposse? You must have Crawford confused with Odom.

  • shockexchange

    He needs to be more aggressive for the Clippers to have any chance of taking the cake. In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, Empty-Mouf needs to average around 22 ppg, while maintaining his assists. He’s the best player on the team, but he defers too much to other players.

  • Mvp23100

    Paul dropped 40 in the preseason 42 last night I wonder if Doc is putting a bug in his ear about staying aggressive and attacking he has great shot selection and he’s efficient so I can’t understand those 10 attempt nights that’s the only thing that made best point guard conversation even debatable

  • danpowers

    damn rose, ahwwww

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Called that game winner as soon as he let it go. Glad to see him use the move that he got hurt using in order to take that shot. As for CP3 I can’t stand the guys antics on the court at times but when he’s aggressive and looking to attack he’s the undisputed best PG in the league and it’s not even close.

  • Kadavour

    i’m glad everyone agrees that CP3 needs to score more. Interesting that such a talented team only has one guy who can create his own shot in their starting 5

  • maxpete

    that was a monta ellis like game by rose… not overly impressed so far. i guess he just needs time

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the SportVU data is here ladies and gentleman. If you are a Derrick Rose fan, please ignore all PG related Data…as it will only make you hate Chris Paul even more.

  • spit hot fiyah

    no doubt

  • LakeShow

    Bogut is looking slim and trim. Good look for the perennially injured Aussie.

  • LakeShow

    Jordan pulling his shorts up better be a .GIF soon

  • LakeShow

    Curry plays in the NBA like he created his character on NBA2k.

    Pulling up for three’s on the fast break…

    Guess he shoots them better than layup’s by percentage, might as well…

  • Max

    I loved that shot, funny it was against JJ who was the first player I’ve ever seen do that when he was at Duke.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s how i play in real life. but i’m not that good, so it isn’t as exciting. but it’s just as crazy!

  • LakeShow

    I love playing like that when i’m “feeling it”.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    <— irrational confidence type of guy

  • LakeShow

    The best is the palm on the face from one of the old guys at the sight of someone dropping a 30 foot bomb, and then…


    and that palm goes from in their face to connecting to yours in 3….2….1….. haha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Haha my favorite is when you are the new guy at a gym, and then Catch fire right away. The horror on the old guys faces when that happens is so so much fun.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ^ that sh!t is about to change how players are evaluated.

  • Max

    So you’re about to be right even more?!?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, pretty much….yeah