I was only able to catch the second half, but the Bulls looked pretty good. Seemed like one of those games we were going to hang close, then find a way to lose at the end. We managed to hold on, so I don't have any major complaints (apart from the minutes/rotation that Vinny employs. But nobody's perfect, so we cannot expect our NBA coach to know how and when to use his players.)
Side note: Getting Shaq made the Cavs worse, and it's showing as they've already lost as many games at home as they did all of last season. How does he work better with that team than Big Z? Hate the Cavs, glad to see them making organizational mistakes. (speaking of that, I am posting a longer Tyrus Thomas post later today.)
Quick recap: hate the Cavs, love a Bulls W any way we can get it.
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Would you believe the Bulls won for a second straight game because of their -- ahem -- defense?
Despite going scoreless in the last 1:44 and shooting only 40.9 percent, the Bulls squeezed out an 86-85 victory Thursday over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena because they successfully defended a LeBron James drive in the final seconds.
That's right. With Luol Deng and Joakim Noah providing the resistance, the Bulls thwarted a James drive for a potential game-winner and forced a turnover with .2 seconds left.
The Bulls (3-2) had stops on their last three defensive possessions against the Cavaliers (3-3) -- and this comes two days after they had stops on their last two defensive possessions in a two-point victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bulls stop LeBron's late effort, halt Cavs' streak
For a split second, LeBron James appeared to be on his way to bailing out the Cleveland Cavaliers once more.
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah put a stop to that.
Chicago's forwards double teamed James and denied the superstar on a drive in the final seconds as the Chicago Bulls ended Cleveland's three-game winning streak with an 86-85 win Thursday night, the Cavaliers' second home loss already this season.
James thought there was sufficient bumping to get a foul called on either Deng or Noah.
The Bulls, and the officials, saw it differently.
Bulls' Thomas back, plays vs. Cavaliers
Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas, who flew to Cleveland on his own, checked into the game late in the first quarter Thursday night against the Cavaliers.
The fourth-year forward, who has been out for the past few days with the flu, has two points and a block in six minutes of action so far against the Cavs. The organization wasn't sure if Thomas would play earlier in the day, but obviously he felt well enough to help out his teammates. For the second straight game, rookie Taj Gibson started in his place.
Thomas, who was suffering from flu-like symptoms, missed Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks and missed practice Wednesday.