Game 2: Bulls at Cavs
CHICAGO BULLS (2-0) 115, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (1-1) 86
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs faced their second team playing without their star point guard. Washington was missing John Wall in the season opener and now the Bulls were without Derrick Rose on Friday. Unfortunately, it made no difference for the Cavs, who were throttled by the Bulls.
The Bulls have an advantage at almost every position except point guard. Maybe that's why they've won nine in a row over the Cavs. In their last four meetings, they've been outscored by a combined 121 points - an average of margin of defeat of 30 points.
There's just a huge difference in talent on the two teams. The Bulls have veterans who can play. They score, rebound and defend. The Cavs have a bunch of young players who are still trying to find their way in the NBA. It's not a pretty sight when they play each other.
One of the biggest disappointments to me in the early season has been the play of swingman C.J. Miles. He just hasn't done what I expected him to do. He's shooting just 25 percent from the field in the first two games.
Lauren Holtkamp, the new female official this year, worked the game. She joined Violet Palmer as the league's two female refs.
UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Milwaukee at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bradley Center.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Luol Deng (6-9, 220)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 235) vs.Carlos Boozer (6-9, 266)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 221) vs. Rip Hamilton (6-7, 193)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-4, 190)
Cavs – F Luke Harangody, G Jeremy Pargo
Bulls - G Derrick Rose
Monty McCutchen, Lauren Holtkamp, Courtney Kirkland