Chicago Bulls (8-8) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-14)
Well, we’re back to .500. After the Bulls strung together some wins, last night’s loss to the Pacers was not only devastating to watch but it was just brutal from an offensive standpoint.
But tonight’s bout with the Cavaliers affords the Bulls an opportunity to rebound and get a little confidence back.
The offense was just not fun to watch against the Pacers and the absence of Rip Hamilton was felt more than we thought it would be. The Cavaliers aren’t going to make the Bulls pay for missing Hamilton, but then again not having Hamilton even if it’s someone like Cleveland is going to be something Bulls fans never thought they’d feel weird about.
Here’s the thing though, the Bulls offense was atrocious against the Pacers, but the Cavaliers are giving up gobs of points on average, with the team allowing more than 100 points per game.
The conundrum is whether the Bulls will explode against a poor defense, which they could do. Or are they going to embarrass themselves by barely being able to put a scratch in a defense that has been gashed over the past few games?
This is even less an interesting matchup than it otherwise could have been as both star point guards are out for both teams. We all know Rose is gone but Kyrie Irving is also going to miss tonight’s game as well. Good news for Kirk Hinrich, bad news if the Bulls still cant’ stop the Cavaliers from scoring.
Unfortunately this is a game that is on the fence in terms of winnability for the Bulls and it shouldn’t be that way either. We’re over 15 games into the season and this team is still lacking an identity or direction. Luol Deng has told us to be patient with the team but at some point things need to either get better or get worse.
We can’t be stuck in a constant in-between — basketball limbo, if you will– for the whole season.
Location: Quicken Loans Arena
Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00pm EST
Nat’l TV: N/A
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — PG Derrick Rose (OUT), SG Richard Hamilton (OUT)
CLEVELAND — SG Dion Waiters (PROBABLE), PG Kyrie Irving (OUT), SG Daniel Gibson (PROBABLE)
Key Matchup: When will the offense come back to Chicago?
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Last 5 Games
Last Game: Bulls lost to Pacers 80-76, Cavaliers lost to Pistons 89-79
Prediction: Bulls 99, Cavaliers 92