Game 79: Bulls at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs played ran into the league's hottest - and possibly best - team. The Bulls are gearing up for the playoffs. The Cavs are thinking about going home.
The Cavs hung around on Friday, but the Bulls never felt seriously threatened. Midway through the third quarter, the Cavs were still in the game. That's where Derrick Rose & Co. went to work.
They closed the third quarter on a 16-6 run to take control of the game. The Bulls and Knicks both have six-game winning streaks. The Bulls have also won the last six meetings with the Cavs, including 4-0 this year.
The Bulls clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Rose, an MVP candidate, had 11 points and eight assists. He might be the best player in the league right now. Experts think he'll run away with the MVP voting.
He's always been able to get to the basket at will. Now, he can make a mid-range jumper with regularity. I just love watching the guy.
It's amazing that this was the next-to-last home game of the season. As crappy as the Cavs have been this year and with seemingly little to write about, Coach Byron Scott gets a save for keeping things interesting. He always has something to say worth writing about.
If this is home game No. 40, then that means radio broadcaster Joe Tait is nearing the end of a fabulous Hall of Fame broadcasting career. Whoever replaces him next year - I have a pretty good idea who it will be, by the way - will have a hard time filling those shoes.
I've always felt lucky to know him on the level that I do. If I see him covering the NBA Finals or filling a prescription at CVS, he's always the same, always has a smile on his face.
I'll miss him.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Luol Deng (6-9, 220)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Carlos Boozer (6-9, 266)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Keith Bogans (6-5, 215)
PG Baron Davis (6-3, 212) vs. Derrick Rose (6-3, 190)
Cavs – F Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao, C Semih Erden.
Bulls – G John Lucas III, G Jannero Pargo, F Brian Salabrine.
Bill Kennedy, Nick Buchert, Derrick Collins