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The Cavaliers without LeBron James are a thing of the past. Even thought that at 13-21 for the season the Cavaliers are very far away from the numbers they pulled off with King James, things have been running a bit smoother for the squad. With the incorporation of freshman Kyrie Irving this season, things have been running a bit smoother. Perhaps because of a matter of self-respect, the Cavaliers needed to come out against the Chicago Bulls and give a real fight. Last time around, back in January 20th the Bulls manhandled the Cavaliers beating them by 39 points, despite playing without Derrick Rose, who rested a sore toe. Still, the Cavs gave a good fight, but it wasn’t enough to even get close after a brilliant third quarter by the Chicago and the Bulls took a 112-91 win over the Cleveland Caveliers.
This time, the Bulls had to give it a little more of an effort, but it was clear from the start that the Bulls were going to take the win. The NBA’s reigning MVP was the guy in charge of leading the Bulls to their 5th straight win and 10th in their last thirteen matches. There was still a little suspense before the win. That was until Derrick Rose took over in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his 19 points and adding six of his nine assists. As if that was not enough, more help came from the rest of the Chicago Starters. Luol Deng scored a season-high 24 points and Carlos Boozer added 13 points and 11 rebounds to guide the visiting team. With this performance, the Bulls have now improved to 30-8 for the season, and are still just a step behind the Miami Heat, the team that currently leads the league.
Truth is that sometime Derrick Rose makes it all look a little too easy. “D-Rose can do whatever he wants whenever he wants,” said Carlos Boozer about the Bulls’ point guard performance. “The great thing about him is any moment he can take over a game. He has his imprint on every game we play. It’s fun playing with him, but it’s also fun to watch.”
And he was right about his comments. The third quarter was all about Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers really didn’t had anything to throw at them. For starters, Rose, alone, accounted for 22 points in the quarter as the Bulls scored 38 and crushed any remaining hope for the Cavs to take this win at home. Antawn Jamison scored 22 points, and finished the night with 4 rebound to close the match as the best performer for the Cavaliers, but it simply wasn’t enough to keep the Cavs from dropping their third straight game since the All-Star break.
The Cavs really missed Irving. He’s been gone for 4 games now and it is still uncertain when is he going to be back in the court. Irving has been fighting a flu bug for several days and having their leading scorer and playmaker out of the court has really proved to be an unbearable obstacle as the Cavs have now dropped their fourth straight game.