The NBA 2013 live streaming and televised games tip off on Tuesday evening for the start of the 2013-14 season, with a doozy of a matchup to get things going. The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat will resume their rivalry on the court, with the return of star guard Derrick Rose to the picture. Rose sat out all of last season after his ACL injury that knocked him out of the playoffs two seasons ago. The first televised and live stream NBA games of the season will be presented via the TNT networks.
According to NBA.com in an Oct. 29 report from Steve Aschburner, the belief is that the former league MVP, D-Rose, could come back even better than before. If that’s true, then the rest of the league is officially on watch. Reportedly, Rose has looked great in pre-season games, and now gets to show his stuff against LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh of the Miami Heat. Rose spent his entire 2012 season on the bench, and engaging in rehab for his ACL injury. At times, he was subjected to criticism from fans wondering if he should’ve returned, but many believe it was the best decision for a franchise player to make.
Rose told the media of his “missed season” preparations:
“I know how hard I worked in the offseason just trying to get back on the court. My hard work is paying off, where I’m still not in my groove-groove yet and I’m still able to go out there and control the game a little bit. I guess when I get back to my groove, it’s really going to be scary.”
The Bulls were considered major title contenders until Rose went down with his ACL injury. The past few seasons without Rose have seen Miami capture the NBA championship. The year in which Rose was hurt, they may have had a “cakewalk” to the title, as the Rose injury made the Bulls an easier out, rather than an obstacle to the Finals. However, with Rose back, starting tonight, the Miami Heat may have another foe to worry about in the Eastern Conference besides the Indiana Pacers.
While Rose is back from his injury, two of his teammates have reportedly been hampered by injuries. Joakim Noah has been dealing with a groin injury, while Kirk Hinrich has a concussion/shoulder injury. Both have been limited in their preseason play, but will likely be on the court tonight. However, Carlos Boozer told the media, “we’re healthy,” which is a good thing for Chicago Bulls fans this season.
To start things off, they’ll have to play a close and competitive game with the Miami Heat. Odds makers have the current NBA champions favored by as many as 5 points at different sports books. The over/under for the game is set at 188 points at various books. Joakim Noah is the only player currently listed as “probable” for either team.
Tuesday night's Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat NBA game has a start time of 8 p.m. EST. TNT will broadcast the game in standard and hi-definition on cable and satellite. In addition, there is live streaming online coverage of the game via the TNT Overtime website. The website will provide multiple camera angles from around the court for tonight's game, with certain players featured on camera during the first quarter, as voted on by the fans.