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Cavs Show Championship Form

April 18, 2010

1 down, 15 to go.

The Cavs appeared vastly superior to the eighth seeded Chicago Bulls in a 96-83 victory that was not nearly as close as the thirteen point deficit would indicate. The Cavs absolutely rocked Chicago while getting reacquainted with each other as teammates and missing a number of open threes. For Chicago, it could have been a lot worse.

Cleveland controlled the glass against one of the alleged best rebounding teams in the NBA, 50-38. Andy Varejao had 15 boards and Antawn Jamison added 10. Speaking of Jamison, he is listed at 235 pounds, making him the lightest member of the Cavs frontcourt playoff rotation. Next smallest is LeBron, listed at 250, but he is probably closer to 270. So the 6'10" 260 pound Andy is probably the second smallest of the frontcourt playoff rotation (also including Shaq and Z). Conversely, the largest player in the Bulls playoff frontcourt rotation is 7' 260 pound backup center Brad Miller, roughly the same size as Andy. Joakim Noah is listed at 6'11" 232 pounds (giving up 3 pounds to Jamison!), and the wispy annoyance may be even lighter than that. My point, the Cavs can just physically manhandle the Bulls frontcourt throughout this series.

It wasn't merely frontcourt dominance. While Derrick Rose had a typically great game, the rest of Chicago's backcourt was severely overmatched. Mo Williams went for 19 points and 10 assists, perfectly balancing point guard distribution with his own marksmanship from midrange and the outside to maximize his production. Anthony Parker and Delonte West both shot poorly, but contributed otherwise and helped on defense and moving the ball and facilitating. Yes, Derrick Rose was the best guard on the court, but the Cavs clearly had the superior backcourt.

All in all, I am very much looking forward to the crushing destruction of Chicago's basketball team over the next three games. Enjoy mediocrity Bulls fans. With this team, it looks like your franchise will be that way for a long, long time.

Jack Bacevice

2 comments:

  1. I agree that we will make the Bulls look like the sad team that they are in the playoffs this year, however it is possible for them to sign one of the best free agents in the off-season and become probably the 3rd or 4th best team in the East next year. The good news is that they won't be getting a center of quality anytime soon, and that is what they need to become a challenger. At least the Bucks don't have money to try and lure one of the quality free agents to pair with Bogut and Jennings, that would be slightly scary.

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  2. Next year is next year lets worry about the ring in 2010. I hope this series doesn't make them over confident about the rest of the playoffs the Bulls have no business being in them.

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