CHICAGO — We’ve now had about twenty four full hours to let the harsh reality that the first two NBA weeks have been cancelled settle in.
At this time, after all the anger has subdued itself for the time being, we can reflect on just exactly what we lost. About 100 NBA games are now a thing of imagination and among those include what ESPN has dubbed marquee matchups.
The Bulls own three of those ‘marquee’ matchups.
The first game to go was the first game of the season and this featured the Bulls traveling to Dallas to take on the defending champion Mavericks. Two other Bulls matchups saw them hosting the Atlanta Hawks in a rematch of last seasons Eastern Conference Semi’s and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a what-could-have-been game.
Of course I’m referring to what could have been the NBA Finals last season.
These were not only three really inciting challenges for this young Bulls team, but three nationally televised ones. The Bulls had 28 of them scheduled prior to the lockout and the more games that peel off the calender, the less the Bulls will be featured on a big time stage.
The Bulls still have a lot of big matchups including all their games with the Heat and Celtics still on, but the buzz saw of the NBA lockout has proven that no games or teams are safe from what greed can do to a sport.