CHICAGO: LeBron James started the overtime session Friday just as he started the game: in charge and on the attack. As a result, the Cavaliers survived a fourth-quarter collapse to win their first game of the season in an early season matchup against what should be their biggest rival in the East.
James scored 36 points, including the Cavs’ first eight in overtime in their 114-108 victory against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. He received a huge assist from Tristan Thompson, who grabbed four offensive rebounds in the overtime session alone.
Thompson followed his fourth with a dunk, giving the Cavs a 108-104 lead with 24 seconds left. Thompson 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. Twelve of his 13 rebounds were offensive.
The win washed away the lingering residue from Thursday’s disappointing home-opening loss against the Knicks, but it didn’t come without a fight.To read more or comment...
CHICAGO: Anderson Varejao has re-signed with the Cavaliers, the team announced hours before facing the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a league source with knowledge of the talks said it was a three-year deal worth $30 million. The final year is non-guaranteed. Varejao is in the final year of a six-year, $49 million deal and would’ve been an unrestricted free agent next summer. But the return of LeBron James prompted both sides to strike a deal. Varejao is one of James’ favorite all-time teammates.
With Varejao out of the way, the Cavs have a few hours left before Friday’s midnight deadline to strike an extension with Tristan Thompson. Otherwise he’ll become a restricted free agent next summer and the Cavs will have the right to match any deal he receives.To read more or comment...
CHICAGO: One night after the Cavaliers’ high-powered offense looked disjointed in an opening-night loss to the Knicks, they’ll face a stiffer challenge Friday when the Chicago Bulls celebrate their home opener.
Now they’ll wait to see if the Bulls will be at full strength after defensive specialist Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated in shootaround Friday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. Butler hadn't practiced since Oct. 19 and would provide help for the Bulls in defending LeBron James.
These are the two early season favorites to meet in the conference finals, but Thursday’s loss to the Knicks indicated how much work remains for the Cavs.
James might have had eight turnovers, but Kyrie Irving blamed himself for the Cavs’ offensive struggles.To read more or comment...