TIME: 5:00 pm PT, 8:00 pm ET
The surging Bulls will try and take it right at Cleveland. While the Cavaliers have won a couple of games, they haven’t played well on the road all season, let alone good enough to beat a team of Chicago’s calibur. Plus the Bulls always seem to get up when playing the Cavs. They have the pieces and depth to give Cleveland trouble. Malone needs to stress the importance of a fast start. The Bulls could blow the game open with a big 1st quarter, essentially ending the game from the jump. If Zydrunas can have another big game, it would be huge. Not just a scoring big but also trying to hit the glass, get offensive boards and beat Curry on the boards. Drew and AV need to be active and help Cleveland avoid giving up too many second chance points. Chicago has dominated Cleveland at times and manhandled them. In one of the games where the Cavs were blown out, the Bulls were fighting harder and showing more heart. Matching Chicago's intensity is a must.
James says his ankle is getting better. Let’s hope the injury doesn't linger.
Snow and McInnis dished out assists and avoided turnovers in the Cavs’ win over the Clippers. On the road, poor shooting and turnovers kill Cleveland. Even if the Cavaliers struggle from the field, if the guards can take care of the ball, they'll still be in the game.