Cavs vs. Bulls, Game 4
at United Center
(Cavs lead best-of-seven series, 3-1)
TV: ABC (WEWS)
WHAT HAPPENED: This was the statement game many have been expecting from the Cavs in this series. Remember this is a No. 1 seed vs. a No. 8. It's time to start playing like it.
Now, the Cavs wanted to establish center Shaquille O'Neal in the low post. He managed to stay on the court for just 17 minutes on Sunday, but he was still a load. He needs to find a way to stay aggressive and stay out of foul trouble.
LeBron James was fabulous with his fifth career playoff triple-double. He had 37 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He directed the tempo of the guy. It appeared as if he didn't even exert himself, but he did, of course.
James' supporting cast was also great. Antawn Jamison's 24 points were outstanding. Many of them came on drives to the basket against Bulls forwards Luol Deng and Taj Gibson. The Bulls were switching on pick-and-rolls, but Deng put up little defense for Jamison.
Guard Mo Williams was also good with 19 points.
Jamison said James had that look in his eye before the game. We've seen that look many times before. When he plays like that, the Cavs can beat any team in the world.
The Cavs will likely close out this series on Tuesday. The Bulls just aren't ready to go into Quicken Loans Arena and beat the Cavs in the playoffs.
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Luol Deng (6-9, 220)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Taj Gibson (6-9, 225)
C Shaquille O'Neal (7-1, 325) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-3, 190)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. Derrick Rose (6-3, 190)
Cavs – G Danny Green, G Sebastian Telfair, F Leon Powe.
Bulls - G Acie Law, F Joe Alexander, F Rob Kurz.
Bennett Salvatore, Mike Callahan, Derrick Stafford