Cavs vs. Bulls, Game 70
at United Center
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs were in jeopardy of losing to the lowly Bulls. Forward LeBron James entered the game with 7 minutes left. He responded with 13 points down the stretch to win the game.
We've seen this same M.O. in the last week. The Cavs have struggled against some poor Central Division teams, which was missing some of their key personnel. James has come to the rescue against Indiana, Detroit and now Chicago in the last three games.
James finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Injuries have derailed a promising season for the Bulls, who trail No. 8 Toronto by 2 1/2 games in the tightly bunched Eastern Conference playoff race. They've lost 10 in a row.
The Bulls are 11-16 vs. the Cavs since they traded James in 2003.
MARCH MADNESS: James loves watching college hoops at this time of year. He certainly didn't regret not going to college, though.
"I think I made the right decision (going to the NBA)," he said.
I've got to agree. College isn't for everyone.
TRASH TALKING: There was some trash talk coming from the Bulls' bench in Friday's game. Some think it came from injured center Joakim Noah, who had a bit of a confrontation with James when the Bulls played in Cleveland early in the season.
James was asked what was said.
"It wasn’t about dinner," he said.
"Someone said to shoot it. So, I shot it."
By the way, Bulls forward Taj Gibson is starting to come into his own. He works hard, hits the boards and can score with his mid-range jumper. He's quite a find for the Bulls' personnel department.
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. James Johnson (6-9, 245)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Taj Gibson (6-9, 225)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Brad Miller (7-0, 261)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-3, 190)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. Jannero Pargo (6-1, 185)
Cavs - C Shaquille O'Neal, G Sebastian Telfair, G/F Danny Green.
Bulls - F Luol Deng, C Jerome James, C Joakim Noah.
Eddie F. Rush, Derrick Collins, Eli Roe