Game 17: Bulls at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
Sure, the Bulls are not the same team without All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, but they are still a playoff team in the Eastern Conference.
They play hard and defend. Coach Tom Thibodeau would have it no other way.
Rose is sidelined for the entire season after tearing the meniscus in his "good" knee. He missed last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.
You've got to feel bad for the former Most Valuable Player, but the Cavs have had their own problems with which to deal.
Before Saturday, the Cavs had lost six in a row to the Bulls. Their last win at The Q vs. Chicago came on Dec. 9, 2009 - almost four years ago.
Cavs center Andrew Bynum was the star of the game with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. My gosh was he a load on the block.
The five blocks were very impressive. Bulls center Joakim Noah was bothered by Bynum's length. On one possession, he blocked back-to-back shots from Noah.
Noah was just 2 of 10 from the field. Sidekick Carlos Boozer wasn't much better at 5 of 13.
Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving's shooting continues to plummet, as he was 7 of 21 from the field. He's now down to 40.1 percent from the field. He discarded the mask in the Boston game and we haven't seen it since.
In fact, Dion Waiters is shooting better from the field and 3-point line, but that's a story for another day. Today, it's all about the Cavs winning and their big center having a breakthrough performance.
The key is going to be how Bynum's knees feel when he wakes up tomorrow.
UP NEXT: The Cavs host Denver at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena
C Andrew Bynum (7-0, 294) vs. Joakim Noah (6-11, 232)
Bulls - G Derrick Rose, G Jimmy Butler