Rival No. 3: Chicago Bulls
Like I mentioned earlier, the Bulls and Cavaliers rivalry was really strong back when Michael Jordan was in the NBA, but that rivalry died down after that. Now the rivalry is back alive, especially after Donovan Mitchell put up 71 against Chicago.
Also, the Cavaliers and Bulls are in the Central Division, which means they will see each other a good amount this season, and for every season. In-division rivals are really prominent in the NBA, and the Cavs and Bulls are one of the many rivals.
Donovan Mitchell averaged 36.8 points, 7.8 assists, and 7.5 rebounds in four games against the Chicago Bulls. Sure, the 71 points really brought up the average, but Mitchell did play well against Chicago this past season.
In DeMar DeRozan’s four games against the Cavaliers this season, he averaged 23.5 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds, really solid stats. The Cavs are probably going to be the better team this season against the Bulls, but it’s not for certain.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a few key rivals for next season, which should make for an exciting year as a Cavs fan. These kinds of games might be nationally televised, and will be really fun games to watch.
The NBA season does not start until late October, and we do not find out the schedule until next week it seems. It will be interesting to see where the NBA places the Cavs’ rivalry games this season.