Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bulls down 2-0 to Cavs after LeBron catches fire in the 4th

By Sean Mackey

The Chicago Bulls fell to 2-0 in their first round series against the Cavs Monday night with a 112-102 loss in Cleveland. LeBron James buried the Bulls late in the 4th quarter with 15 points down the stretch. While Cleveland got the win, the Bulls got closer to actually figuring out how to beat the Cavs.

Luol Deng had a great night finishing with 20 points. Although LeBron still scored 40 points, Deng was able to turn him into a jump shooter most of the game. Deng was able to get the best of LeBron a few times during the game. At one point after a frustrating LeBron basket, Deng took the ball coast to coast for a slam. Later on, Deng squared up and knocked down a three right in LeBron's face.

Joakim Noah was able to ignore an entire evening of loud boos scoring 25 points and grabbing 13 rebounds after a series of Cleveland bashing interviews. My personal favorite quotes were the "I never heard anyone say I'm going to Cleveland on vacation" and "I look out my hotel room window and all I see is....factories". The man's got a point, Cleveland's a shit town. They've got the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum and the Christmas Story house. Chicago's a real city, Cleveland is known for LeBron, that's it. It would probably bankrupt the whole city just for the paint to cover up that gigantic LeBron James Nike ad on one of their buildings downtown if LeBron left. Actually, they'd probably just leave it there and bask in the glory days of when LeBron was there and let it get old and nasty looking....like everything else.

Anyways, Derrick Rose had a great game as well with 23 points and 8 assists. He was cutting in and out of defenders and hitting decent looks as usual. Overall the Bulls played fantastic, LeBron just hit some crazy shots towards the end sealing the win. I loved the 8 man rotation VDN stuck with. Not playing Pargo or Warrick was a good choice.
The Bulls head back to Chicago on Thursday night for Game 3. Chicago needs to take advantage of this and steal a few at home if they want any chance in this.