Even though Cleveland came up 2 points shy with the 95-97 loss and basically wasted their last possession with a turnover with 3 seconds remaining, referring to the words of Kenny Smith after the game came to a close, “the Bulls didn’t look intimidating”.

Bulls fans could also say that Pau Gasol’s game winning block on the arguably the best player in the world (Lebron James) with 3 seconds remaining is pretty intimidating.

Arguably, the Cleveland Cavaliers had a pretty subpar game compared to what most expected. LeBron James finished shooting 12/22 from the field with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 36 minutes.

Kevin Love was able to bring the Cavaliers back from a 89-97 lead with 2 straight 3 point shots and scoring the last 8 points for the Cavaliers. He definitely looks healthy and ready to make a positive impact for this team.

Nikola Mirotic had a pretty impressive game in his first start over Joakim Noah, who left the game with an injury. Mirotic scored 19 points with 9 rebounds to provide the Bulls with the boost they needed. Derrick Rose followed with 18 points.

The Chicago Bulls looked like a team that strived on their defense at times, but had a shortage of offense also. Even though they came out on top this time, the Cavaliers still look like the team that will dominate the Eastern Conference for the rest of the season.

What do you guys think? Do any other Eastern Conference teams have what it takes to challenge King James and Co.?

 

Hagop Margossian

Spark Sports NBA Analyst

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