Cavs (55-15) 92, Bulls (31-37) 85
The Cavs' defense won this game for them, but it continues a recent trend as they once again played to the level of their competition.
The Bulls came into the game without three starters and hung with the Cavaliers until six minutes left in the game when LeBron James exerted his will and shook off his own anemic start to close the game.
‘’(The Bulls) had a chance to win, but obviously the last few minutes of the ballgame our focus was there and our energy was there,’’ Brown said.
He sparked a 12-2 run to give the Cavs enough separation to gut out a win, their sixth consecutive and 12th in 13th. Coach Mike Brown correctly praised the Bulls for the way they played, which considering the fact they had no Derrick Rose, Luol Deng or Joakim Noah, which was earned.
As the rest of the season plays out, we really have to concentrate on – no matter who’s in front of us – trying to step on the floor and get better, hopefully, every possession.
However, with the team preparing for a playoff run, they continue to look remarkably unfocused in the process. Boredom? Possibly. Lack of focus? Definitely. But what happens if Zydrunas Ilgauskas and he cannot mesh with the way the team is playing? Ditto Shaquille O'Neal when he comes back from his injury.
Game: Cavs at the Chicago Bulls
Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Cavs: LeBron James (F); Antawn Jamison (F); J.J. Hickson (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Bulls: Taj Gibson (F); James Johnson (F); Brad Miller (C); Jannero Pargo (G); Kirk Hinrich (G)
Cavs: Shaquille O'Neal (right thumb); Sebastian Telfair (ruptured groin).
Bulls: Derrick Rose (left wrist); Luol Deng (right calf strain); Joakim Noah (left foot) and Jerome James (right achilles) - OUT.
What do you say about a game where the opposing team is missing three starters? Looking at the starting lineup reminded me of that scene in Major League when fans are looking over the roster and asking "Who's this (bleeping) guy?
With who the Bulls are starting this should be an easy win, but after their last two performances against the Pistons and Pacers, I'll pass on that
Of note: Lebron James goes for career point 15,000 which would make him the youngest player in NBA history reach that plateau. Officials: