- The main storyline is this is Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose’s first game since April 28, 2013. Rose missed last season so he could rehab his surgically repaired knee. Of the moment, Rose said, “It’s a regular game. I’ve been missing this game for a whole year, so I’m coming out here, enjoying myself and playing this game that I love playing.”
- The secondary news is the Heat will receive their 2012-13 championship rings after winning their second straight title. Last year they defeated the Boston Celtics in the ring-ceremony game but are hoping to avoid getting caught up in the celebration. Coach Erik Spoelstra referred to tonight as a “burial” to last season, meaning the Heat want to focus on the present.
- After much debate, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau announced forward Joakim Noah would start. Noah had been bothered by a strained right groin.
- The inactives for the Heat are Roger Mason Jr. and Greg Oden.
– Zachary Paul