Nov 21, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson (10) during the second half at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 97-87. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls Release Pre-Season Schedule

The Chicago Bulls 2013-2014 season ended when the team was eliminated by the Washington Wizards in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season.

The Bulls will have their first opportunity at revenge against the Wizards on October 6. October 6 marks the Pre-Season opener for the Bulls and Wizards, and unlike the last time these two teams met, Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose will presumably be healthy and on the court.

Beyond the Wizards on October 6, the Bulls play the Detroit Pistons on October 7; the Milwaukee Bucks on October 11; the Denver Nuggets on October 13; the Atlanta Hawks on October 16; the Charlotte Hornets on October 19; the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 20; and the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 24.

The key game to take from the Bulls’ Pre-Season schedule is the game against the Cavaliers on October 20. The Cavaliers acquired LeBron James this summer and will soon finalize a trade for Kevin Love. The additions of James and Love have led to many already writing the Cavaliers into the Eastern Conference slot in the NBA Finals.

Though, the issue with that is many overlooked the quality additions that the Bulls made this summer. The Bulls significantly improved their scoring this summer with the additions of Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, and Doug McRoberts in addition to the returning Rose.

There is no question that the Bulls and Cavaliers, when healthy, are the two best teams in the Eastern Conference. There is no need to go back and forth at this point trying to predict what team will be in the NBA Finals.

The only thing that is needed is for fans to take a step back and enjoy the fact that the Bulls and Cavaliers will play each other five times this season when you include the October 20 Pre-Season game.

Grab your popcorn.

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