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Friday, January 20, 2012

Game 14: Bulls at Cavs

at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

The Cavs could have caught a huge break. Instead, they went belly up like a furry puppy.

All-Star point guard Derrick Rose was held out of Friday's game. He's suffering from turf toe. He might not play on Saturday against Charlotte, either.

Rose, the reigning Most Valuable Player, is the Bulls' leading scorer at 20.8 points per game. He's also one of the league leaders in assists at 8.7.

But the Cavs were slapped around by the Bulls, who didn't miss Rose in the least. The two point guards who played - C.J. Miles and John Lucas III - played very well and combined for 24 points and eight assists.

If the Cavs play anything like they did tonight on Saturday in Atlanta, they'll get totally blown away again. They are 0-3 this year on the second leg of a back-to-back set. So, another loss could be waiting for them in Georgia.

Cavs coach Byron Scott couldn't figure out why his team was so inept against the Bulls. They shot just 30 percent from the field, got outrebonded, 54-38, and allowed the Bulls to shoot 55 percent from the field.

The only positive aspect was that the Cavs didn't have a ton of turnovers. They had 15 turnovers - 10 fewer than their last game against Golden State.

The loss on Friday was their worst in franchise history at home. That's not a good thing.

No one played very well, even though everyone played.

The Cavs have lost seven in a row to the Bulls, including all four games last season.

They don't have the best record in the NBA for nothing. The Bulls are very deep and talented.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Atlanta at 7 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena.

SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Luol Deng (6-9, 220)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Carlos Boozer (6-9, 266)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Richard Hamilton (6-7, 193)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. C.J. Watson (6-2, 175)
Cavs – G/F Christian Eyenga, G Mychel Thompson
Bulls - G Derrick Rose

Stafford,  Curtis Blair, Violet Palmer



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