Chicago Bulls – January 29, 2014 – Televised on ESPN at 8:30 PM EST
The first time that San Antonio fans will get a glimpse of Derrick Rose, once again, in a Bulls uniform. Rose missed the whole 2012-2013 season due to a knee injury and as many have hoped that he would of returned during the playoffs last season, all rumors were squashed.
San Antonio handed the Bulls 14- and 18-point losses, respectively, in their two meetings last season, and a Chicago team with a healthy star would provide a great test for the Spurs’ defense.
This match-up against the Chicago Bulls will mark the Spurs fifth game in eight days. Spurs fans know how this can effect the team as they have had battled with fatigue in games that are on just a few days of rest. That and of course the schedule that they came off of were against some the leagues best teams: Oklahoma City, (at) Atlanta, (at) Miami and (at) Houston.
This game will be televised on national television over on ESPN at 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. We hope that we see all teams and their stars on the floor. There are a few things to look forward to during this game: Kawhi Leonard will possibly be guarding Derrick Rose, and this will be the first game that Marco Belinelli plays against his former team.
My Prediction: San Antonio will come out and put the pressure on Rose and the Bulls. The Bulls will have to play good team ball to give Rose a hand. I feel that without Belinelli on the Bulls roster, it will be hard for any other player to get to the rim. Also, no Nate Robinson for Chicago either. He truly is a spark that this team really needed last season during the playoffs. I got San Antonio in this one.