Now that is the Cavaliers team that I expected to see throughout the first three games of this playoff series. The Cavaliers played an outstanding brand of basketball for about 36 minutes – and I say 36 minutes because I wasn’t quite as impressed through one quarter on Sunday evening.
Before the opening tip, Antawn Jamison told the ABC crew that LeBron had this look in his eyes that assured him that he was not going to let another game slip away. And LeBron James made Jamison an honest man by playing an absolutely ridiculous game as he went for 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the 121-98 blowout against the Chicago Bulls. Most impressively, James needed just 17 shot attempts to notch his 37 points. He played incredible defense on Luol Deng and was all over the floor, getting to every 50/50 ball.
Antawn Jamison played a pretty remarkable game himself as the midseason acquisition tossed in a solid 24 points to go along with his seven rebounds. Stretch-4 flipped the switch in the third quarter and apparently realized that there was no way Deng could stay with him and completely exploded in the second half. JJ Hickson gave 17 solid minutes off the bench for the Wine & Gold and recorded 10 points on 3-of-4 from the field.
Mo Williams built on his fourth quarter performance on Thursday night and shot his way to an extremely quiet 19 point effort. Mo was nothing short of spectacular as he did a very good job on Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich throughout the game while knocking down good looks on the offensive end. I had a Swag-o-Meter reading of about 4.3 at the end of the game and was very, very impressed with Mo’s effort.
And speaking of impressive performances, Anthony Parker played an outstanding game as well. Parker was a very efficient 4-for-7 from the field for 12 points while continuing his steady play on the defensive end. Parker even rose up and flushed home an impressive reverse jam that caught me, as well as everyone in the chat room, by surprise.
If the Cavaliers can bring this kind of effort every single night, there is not a team in the league that can knock them off in a seven game set. They played suffocating defense and moved the ball extremely well on offense. They’ll look to close out the series at 8 pm on Tuesday night and we will be holding another Live Chat beginning prior to the opening tip.