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PBT Extra: Previewing opening night, plus season predictions

Oct 28, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

It’s here! The NBA returns Tuesday night with a couple of marquee matchups — Chicago at Miami, then the Clippers down the hall at the Lakers. (Orlando opens up in Indiana as well, but that’s not exactly marquee worthy.)

Kay Adams and I talk about the big matchups on Monday night. I think the Bulls will be fired up after watching the Heat put a banner in the rafters, that game has a lot of potential. We talk about the Clippers covering up the Lakers banners (although Tuesday night is a Lakers home game so they will be on full display), then you can expect the Clippers to smack the Kobe-less Lakers around pretty good.

Then Kay puts me on the spot for my predictions for the coming season. People in Indiana are going to like this.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Only one memorable thing is going to happen opening night. A great big flag is gonna fly. And in case some day you don’t remember, just look up. It’ll be there forever. Finally, forever.

    • iambusyascrapdonotrespondtomyposts - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      I am confused, did Miami win it’s first title last season? Perhaps you have a Pearl Jam lyric to clear things up for me.

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Opening night! The last time Rose played Miami he was absolutely terrible – he was even benched in that game (LeBron had something to do with that). People say Rose looked great in the preseason, and that was true in spurts, but he did a lot of damage against backups and looked decidedly average against some starting units (Thunder game, for example).

    Miami came out last year and just blew Boston out of the water – and remember that Boston was supposed to be improved with Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. “…both teams made moves to get better in the offseason… The Celtics should be seething by the time they see the banner and the rings Miami has,” PBT said last year.

    Miami should be fine in the opener.

  3. 40thstreetblack - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    “Rose looked average against starters” We’ll see how average he looks tomorrow night, against your beloved LeBron James. Enjoy your teams reign on top, it ends in May.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:51 AM

      Ha! Well… perhaps I deserve some kudos for my adroit prescience.

  4. rickyspanish - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    The one thing that baffles me is that Miami has added pieces to a team that was better than Chicago. What has Chicago added? They seem to be the same team from two years ago, which didn’t fare so well against Miami.

    • basketballgod87 - Oct 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      they had injury most of time and well see what these “pieces” the heat going to do

      • basketballgod87 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        because its baffles me that you belief in oden and beasley and you think this is the same chicag team and im a heat fan

    • chicitybulls - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      If you think this is the same Bulls team then you haven’t been watching.

    • mydoghasfleez - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      “What has Chicago added?”

      I think they got a hairnet for Noah to wear.

  5. asublimeday - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Bulls 2014 champs

  6. 40thstreetblack - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Jimmy Buckets was not on that team, nor Kirk Hinrich, Nazr Mohammed, Mike Dunleavy, or the rooks Tony Snell & Eric Murphy both of whom may surprise some people this season.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      But Mike Bibby was on that team. As was Jammal Magliorre, Big Z, Erick Dampier, Carlos Arroyo, and Edfie House. None of them are walking through that door tonight.

  7. chicitybulls - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Yes!!! The season is here. Let’s get it poppin.

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