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Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 PM, TNT

LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and the Cleveland Cavaliers got off to a slow start, dropping their first two games this season. But the team have picked it up since, having rolled off three straight, on an average of 13.3 points a game.

The Bulls come off a shaky performance against Milwaukee which concluded with a two-point win for the Bulls due to the strong play of forward Luol Deng who recorded 24 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.
Second-year point guard Derrick Rose has struggled with both his shot and aggresiveness so far this season. Though much can be blamed on his ankle and three weeks off, the guard has still been able to contribute 30 minutes a night with little to show for. In the late stages of the Milwaukee game, however, the shot was falling and Rose showed a glimpse of the player who was the NBA's top rookie last season. Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, such a performance will be necessary over longer stages, if the Bulls wish to be competitive.

Forward Luol Deng has, after his big performance on tuesday, now had three big games in the four-game old season. Deng's movement and court production has fans looking back at the 2006/2007 season hoping to see the return of the small forward who helped lead the Bulls to the second round of the playoffs. Matching up against James on thursday will be a big test for the 6'9 forward, who on occasion has done a decent job on the superstar in the past.

Excluding Shaquille O'Neal, the Cavaliers made some strong moves over the course of the summer, two of which will be on full display on the wing against the Bulls. Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker provides a lot of depth at the shooting guard and small forward spots, and both can run alongside James for extended periods of time if needed. Throw in fourth-year guard Daniel Gibson along with starting point guard Maurice Williams, and the Cavaliers will have a strong offensive wing unit to run the show. Given the defensive strides made by Chicago this season, this match-up could play a key part for the Bulls' success.

Power forward Tyrus Thomas was originally listed as a no-go for the Cavaliers, but has made the trip to Cleveland in hope of playing,

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  • Let's Go Tyrus!!!!!! The City is behind you bro.

  • On paper, this looks like a major blowout, but that's why they play the games.

    Go Bulls!!!

  • Defense holding true for those doubting it. Offense has look solid vs top 2 defense in the league

  • Salmons makes a three!!!

  • Its not really Taj fault that Vinny loves him. If he played 10 to 15 minutes a game you would probably rave about how good of 4 big he is

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Good point.
    Also, Taj looks under control when he plays compared to Tyrus on the offensive end. No running into the lane wildly throwing up wild shots and getting on the refs about not blowing the whistle.
    But Tyrus is better on the defensive end. So it is a tough choice between them. The coaching staff probably like Taj better because he listens to them which is why he is seeing more playing time.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    we are again shooting so poor, thank God the Cavs are sleeping which has allowed us to stay in it.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    dammit Kirk.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Kirk going to go get stiches on his chin.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Deng with a rare 3

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    finally a call, he was all over Noah.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Deng to rose baby

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Nice foul Joakim, take his head off boy.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    come on Doug lets get this win
    woooo

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    We should put Tyrus on LBJ for a while and give Deng a break.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    No stitches for Kirk, my apologies.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    damn Tyrus.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Gibson would have got that. jk

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    taj a quick basket.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Reggie mentioning the time Brad and Shaq fought lmao. I remember Artest being involved.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Shaq with a monster block on brad.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Taj in.

  • Definition of a promising Rookie

  • So you missed the 4-step lay-up and1 that LBJ had?

    The officials called it a continuation even after LBJ took 2 steps AFTER he was fouled.
    This should make the bloopers reel for the 09-10 season videos that NBA puts up on their website.

  • Ya I think Shaq only made 1 shot while Noah was on him in the 1st and that was with hand right in his face. He forced 2 turnovers and didn't need much of double team. When they did double they usually got wide open 3 which they drained for most part 2 or 3 times

  • I always said Pargo will give you one good game out of five. Seriously I think CP3 deserves an award for what he did for Pargo, Tyson, Devin Brown, now bobby brown etc.

  • i want one of those benny bobbles they had on the table at the library lmao

  • maybe Mike Brown wants the team sans LBJ to perform in these situations to practice for post-season

  • Brad!!!

  • Wait you can't jump into the defensive player to get the foul
    I remember Paul Pierce doing it in the playoffs and they called an offensive foul on him

  • Are these refs looking at the money Mike Brown slipped them???

  • LBJ heard you Doug

  • That definetely hit the rim. Not to count Miller getting hacked on that play. Such Bs. Alright Lebron hits Buzzer beater and we go home.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    I dont want to be a witness to that

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Totally hit the rim. Vintage NBA hoo-hah.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Make up call!

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Holy crap Noah what great rotation defense

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Reggie Miller is a bumbass

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    awesome

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    YES BABY!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Yea baby what D.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    Rose is our new fourth quarter hero? he sure picks up his game in the 2nd half.

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    I love how Reggie was saying how it was foul on Noah when really it should of been offensive foul on Lebron for shoving his elbow into his stomach. BTW are the Cavs only 45 win team?

  • In reply to Dpauley23:

    LBJ doesnt have the confidence in his J because when he got the inbound pass at the top of they key he was wide open.

  • Now Vinny do you just want me to have heart attack? I can feel it as I type this

  • That's funny.

  • SWEET WIN!!!

  • Defense wins games folks.

  • Bulls only had 6 turnovers. That's HUGE!!! I also like the fact that they held the Cavs under 25 points in 3 of 4 quarters.

  • It was an ugly win, but a win is a win! I think as soon as D~Rose is 100% our offense will be more solid. Good defense won this game and excellent coverage with james by deng. Happy to see him back.

    one more thing. Excellent ball control and good job with minimizing turnovers.

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