The NBA playoffs are here and we are off to the races! The L.A. Clippers lost Game 1 and home court advantage to the Utah Jazz. What is to become of this for the star-studded Los Angeles Clippers? Clips coach Doc Rivers will need to find answers in order to rebound from their Game 1 loss. The Chicago Bulls found life in their Game 1 victory in Boston. The eighth seeded Chicago Bulls will need more from their one-man show, Jimmy Butler, in order to win Game 2.
Rajon Rondo signed a 2-year, $28 million deal to play with the Chicago Bulls. Will he be able to mesh with Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg and his teammates? Rondo will be playing with newly acquired Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, who will be sliding to the small forward position. Everybody is moving around in the NBA, in search for an for NBA title. Will Kevin Durant help Golden State make back-to-back-to back NBA Finals appearances? Will Lebron James get Cleveland another NBA title? Time will tell.
This Bulls team, coached by former-NCAA coach Fred Holberg, is busy trying to find a leader within its core system of players. Is it Derrick Rose? Is it Jimmy Butler? Is it Pau Gasol? Is it Joakim Noah? Usually, the most vocal player is the leader. Since we’ve heard from the Chicago Bulls, it’s usually Butler who has shown signs of leadership. Since Butler’s improvements over the last two NBA seasons, Butler wants to show he can lead a team.
If Jimmy Butler is the leader, he must decide how to integrate the players on his team into the flow of the offense and decide how they must play defence as one team.
The Eastern Conference reserve stars consists of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague. This is Butler’s first time being here and also Teague’s. Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, and LaMarcus Aldridge headline the Western Conference reserves. This is Klay Thompson’s and DeMarcus Cousin’s first All-Star game. I expect this all-star game to be full of dunks and thrills.
Like I said, the game was going to be tight. The Pacers pull out a win against Chicago in Indianapolis. The Bulls crumbled under their last possession with 7 seconds left. Bulls second-year pro Jimmy Butler hit a three-point shot to make the score 95-92 with fifteen or something seconds left to go. I’m not sure how much time was left, but Indiana left the building with a victory. It was no doubt that the talented team won and it was Indiana.