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If you are a fan of explosive offensive performances, this would have been a great game for you. Featuring two of the top high-flyers in the league in Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin, this game would have showcased impressive dunks and more than its fair share of posterization.
But no matter how impressive the individual performances, the team play of the Chicago Bulls would have won the day.
Led by the dominant offense of Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers are similar to the Oklahoma City Thunder from just a couple seasons ago: a lot of talented pieces, but a recent history filled with failure. Under the leadership of Vinny Del Negro, the Clippers appear to be improving slowly as a team but still have a ways to go to compete for a championship. If Griffin steps up defensively and shows himself to be a leader and not just another flashy player, the Clippers could take majors strides towards being competitive in the Western Conference.
Against the Bulls, despite an exciting performance by Griffin, this young team would look disjointed and would struggle to produce offensively. Their unorganized defense would have looked porous against the Bulls, allowing multiple players to score at will.
The Bulls would have continued to shine at home with an impressive offensive performance against the Clippers. Rose would have had a great game and had his share of monster throwdowns, Carlos Boozer would have struggled defensively against Griffin, and Taj Gibson fans would have been clamoring for more playing time for their man after he proved once again to be a more dominant defensive player than Boozer. The Bulls would have had a great all-around performance, with more than seven players scoring in double digits.
The outcome of this game would never really have been in question. The balanced, veteran style play of the Bulls would have been too much for the young Clippers. The Bulls would have won this game by 20+ points, with Derrick Rose leading the team in scoring.
Aside from the highlight dunks, this game would actually have been a little boring due to the ease with which the Bulls would have won. After another solid performance, the Bulls would be 4-0 to start the season.