NBA: 1 Down, 81 More To Go
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This year’s NBA 2105-2016 season opened up with a double header on a Tuesday night. Some teams upgraded with free agents while others lost their best players but that’s no excuse to not push yourself throughout the rest of the season.
The first game of the doubleheader was the Cleveland Cavaliers going up again the Chicago Bulls. President Obama was in attendance to see his hometown Bulls get the win on opening night. These two teams met in the playoffs last year, but Cleveland went on to win the series in six games. The Bulls wanted to show the Cavs that it should’ve been them in the finals. Bulls star Derrick Rose is playing through a facial injury by wearing the clear mask to keep his face in check. He has missed 212 games in the last four seasons of his career, and the Bulls took a toll when losing their star. During the first half the Bulls came out with a whole new motive by playing against Lebron’s strengths and taking an early lead going into the second half. The second half gave the Cavs a chance to get back into the game. The Bulls were known for their defense and also their defensive star Jimmy Butler. Butler really shined by holding Lebron to only 10 points in the second half. The final stretch of the game put the teams into crunch mode when the game tied at 95 in the final minute. The game went down to the wire, but it was the Bulls who came out on top winning the game 97-95.
The second game of the doubleheader was the champion Golden State Warriors going against the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams met in the first round of last year’s playoffs where the Warriors swept the Pelicans, sending them packing in the first round. Pelicans star Anthony Davis wants to prove the league that he belongs defensively and offensively by adding in a three point shot during the offseason. The game started off with the championship ring ceremony which the champions received their finals rings. As the game started, the Warriors played their normal up tempo style of basketball which gave them their early lead. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry opened up the season with 40 points for his champions. The Warriors shut down the New Orleans offense by only holding Anthony Davis to 18 points the entire game. The Pelicans weren’t enough to hold off the Warriors as they went on to win 111-95.
The new season is in full effect, and each team is ready to give their fans an epic season.