If The Cavaliers Want To Win, They Will Have To Outplay the Bulls

Ever since the first round series began, media personnel following the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls series have described the Cavaliers as a team that is “by far superior” and has “more depth” then the Bulls. The Bulls have been considered to be the underdog and have not been given much chance of a win due to their lack of depth and team development.

On Thursday, the Bulls proved they could play with the Cavaliers by taking them down 108-106 in a game that showed Chicago can outplay the a Cavaliers that is not careful. The Cavaliers could not rebound, box out, play defense and those factors allowed the Bulls to take the victory for Game 3.

When looking at these two teams on paper, the Cavaliers should win this series but will have to play with the intensity and aggressiveness that earned them the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are playing a Bulls team that wants to take down one of the NBA Goliaths and will need to rebound better, prevent the Bulls from making easy baskets and maintain a steady lead throughout the game. The Cavaliers did not play with this intensity in Game 3 and ended up on the losing end as a result.

With the amount of depth the Cavaliers have, there is no reason they should not dominate the Bulls for rebounds and points on the inside. When he’s at his best, Shaquille O’Neal can be a dominant inside force on both offense and defense and the Cavaliers will need him to be at his best for Game 4. Zydrunas Illgauskus will need to be more aggressive and if you open up the lanes for Lebron James, the Cavaliers will be able to get out to an early lead and maintain it. This and having Mo Williams and Anthony Parker shooting consistent three point shots will help put the Bulls away.

The Cavaliers can tame the Bulls but will have to prove they are the team who wants it more.


~ by jeffrsabo on April 24, 2010.

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