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Bulls Fri Aug 14 2015
Like opening up gifts on Christmas Day, the release of the NBA schedule is an anticipated day for all basketball fans. This year's excitement was a bit different than year's past because of the crazy offseason that occurred. There was plenty of hype for each top free agent, but the brunt of the signings were done after the first day of free agency.
That whirlwind period was pretty exciting for basketball fans, but it came and went in a snap. That is why this year's schedule unveiling had many fans waiting on pins and needles to see who the Bulls were going to play. This year's schedule offers some exciting new opponents and rematches with heated rivals. Here are a few games to set your DVR for.
Oct. 27 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Not only will the Bulls' first game of the season be a home game, but they will also be squaring off against the Cavaliers on NBA Opening Night. If you think there was pressure for this year's team going into the season, then the bright lights of the national spotlight could have the Bulls sweating. That may not deter the team as last year's duel between the two squads was a slobberknocker, with the Cavs coming out on top 114-108 at the United Center.
The Bulls we're running on fumes during their playoff series with the Cavs last year, so that wasn't the best representation of their talent. It will be interesting to see how the team plays with new coach Fred Hoiberg -- or as our friends at Blog a Bull have so delightfully called Hoiball. The Bulls want their offensive style to be quicker and more intense in the early going, but the team isn't really comprised of spring chickens anymore. Hopefully they won't get burnt out too early in the season.
Nov. 7 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The showdown with the Timberwolves may not equal the same number of TV viewership as the Cavs game, but it will be a showcase of the top young talent in the league. Minnesota has stockpiled a surplus of young superstars on their roster. Their starting lineup will include this year's number one overall pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, former number one pick Anthony Bennett and reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. Don't expect this to be a slaughter by the Bulls, as the Timberwolves are much better this year. Get ready for an absolute clinic in basketball with this matchup.
"Circus Trip" Nov. 18-27
It has been a yearly tradition that the Bulls head out West when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus come to town. It's not necessarily a tradition so much as a necessity. I doubt the United Center's top-notch crew could clean up the mess left by the elephants in time for a game. Opponents for this go-around include the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 18, the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 20, the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 24 and the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 27. This year's trip should much easier than any they've experienced in the past decade, as they are not playing any back-to-back games and have two days of rest in between each of the last three games.
Dec 25 at Oklahoma City Thunder
Nothing brings more holiday cheer than sitting down and taking in a basketball game. The Bulls and Thunder are the second showdown on the Christmas Day docket with a scheduled 1:30pm tip off. Coming at this game from an objective and analyst perspective, I'll say that it be a combative game packed with plenty drives to the paint and last minute jumpers. Seeing Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and hopefully a healthy Kevin Durant square off is just too good to pass up. Forget the presents and eggnog, you should be hunkering down to watch this classic.