Gameday Preview: Bulls-Cav’s


CHICAGO — The Bulls are welcoming the Cleveland Cavilers into the United Center as the two meet for the second time this season. The Cav’s are looking to start the New Year off the right way, trying to get back on track so they can have a fighting chance to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls have similar plans, but have the talent to do it a little better than Cleveland.

The Bulls hit a bit of a road bump last night against the Nets of New Jersey. It wasn’t Derrick Rose that bailed them out all alone however, it was one Carlos Boozer that added much needed aid. Boozer finished the night with 20 points and a ridiculous 15 rebounds while Rose scored 19 with 9 rebounds. Boozer tallied his ninth double-double of the season and has so far been worth every penny of his fat free agent contract. Boozer has posted a double-double in four of his last five games, and is averaged 25.4 ppg and 12.0 rpg over that time.

Even the bench players are showing what they got. Ronnie Brewer has 24 steals in his last 10 games. That puts his per game average in steals at almost 1.5 spg.

Derrick Rose has been giving the Bulls more of his usual top notch play. Rose posted his ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 assists in Chicago’s win over Milwaukee on Tuesday.  Rose’s nine double-doubles already surpasses his total of six from last season. The Bulls are expecting the duo of Batman and Robin to put up similar numbers tonight against the Cav’s.

Side Notes:

  • With Chicago’s win against the Bucks last week, it clinched a winning record for the month of December. This seems to be a running reference theme in these articles but it’s hard fact; the last time the Bulls posted winning records in November and December was during the 1997-98 Championship campaign. Chicago went 20-10 during that stretch, the Bulls went 20-9 this November and December.

  • The Bull’s are 13-3 at the United Center so far this year and went 8-2 at home in December. When at home, the Bulls are averaging 102.6 ppg, 43.0 rpg, 24.1 apg, 8.47 spg,  and are shooting .487 from the floor and .423 from downtown. They are managing to hold opponents to just 92.8 ppg.