The Cavaliers got a reality check Friday night when the Chicago Bulls came into The Q and put a beat down on the young Cavs’ roster, 115-86.
The last three meetings between the Cavs and Bulls the Cavs have lost by – 39, 21, and 32 points. The Bulls started Friday night’s game on a 7-0 run and continued to dominate the Cavs shooting 74 percent from the field. The Bulls took advantage of the Cavs’ nine firs-quarter turnovers, taking a 32-16 lead.
The Cavs started the game sluggish and unmotivated to improve on there Tuesday night victory against the Washington Wizards.
When the second quarter began Byron Scott sent out his bench crew consisting of Donald Sloan, Daniel Gibson, C.J. Miles, Luke Walton, and Samardo Samuels; and they weren’t able to accomplish anything. It took until 6 minutes remaining in the second quarter for Scott to bring Irving back into the game.
Defensively, the Cavs were embarrassing. They struggled defending a simple pick and roll defense, resulting in a good portion of the Bulls’ points. The Bulls went into halftime with a 25-point lead.
The Cavs weren’t able to cut into the Bulls’ lead in the second half, and played from behind the rest of the ballgame. The matchup between Hinrich and Irving was a good one. Irving was a handful for Hinrich, who committed his fourth foul of the game early in the third quarter and was forced to be sidelined the rest of the quarter.
Irving lead the team with 15 points and four assists. Other than that, there isn’t too much to say about the Cavaliers’ performance. C.J. Miles wasn’t able to get anything going off the bench with Tyler Zeller. Zeller came into the game for three minutes in the first quarter, committed three quick fouls, and had to sit the bench the rest of the half.
Cleveland was down the whole game and were never able to cut down the deficit. I hope the Cavs take time to evaluate this loss and learn from it. The team looked like they gave up after they got down early in the first quarter. The Cavs will look back upon this loss and consider it just one of many growing pains they endured.
It will be interesting to see how the Cavs bounce back form this loss as they travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.