Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers Game 5, 7:00 PM TNT

The Bulls could be playing their last game of the season tonight, or they could face the possibility of pushing the series back to Chicago and force a sixth game.The problem with that though is LeBron James. The Cleveland superstar has scored a total of 140 points through the first four games of the series, and is averaging 35 points, nine rebounds and eight assists per game. James is also sporting a TS% of 69.4% and a 37.6 PER.

Chicago struggled on both ends in Game 4. After winning game three with an intense effort, the Bulls were careless defensively and took questionable shots throughout. The only bright spot for the Bulls were the play of center Joakim Noah who scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds.

Noah and All-Star point guard Derrick Rose are basically the only two players who are viewed as man-stays on the Bulls roster, which speaks volumes of their supporting cast. Forward Luol Deng bounced back nicely this season, but still earns too much for too little. Guard Kirk Hinrich has regressed quite a bit over the last three seasons, which has made him a prime trade candidate.

If the Bulls are to survive Game 5, it's of utter importance that they get to the free throw line, knock down their open longballs and push the ball in transition. Defensively, they'll have to close off the paint better and force Cleveland to settle for jumpshots. This is much easier said than done, due to fact that both LeBron James and Antawn Jamison are versatile offensive players who can create with or without the ball in their hands.

Chicago's bench also needs to step up. 73 total points in four games is a big problem, especially with both Flip Murray and Brad Miller shooting 37.5% from the field. The Bulls need an offensive spark, and Bulls fans hope that spark won't be Jannero Pargo who has been having his worst season as a Chicago Bull.

It's win or go home. The Bulls will be in Cleveland to try and extend the series and push it back home to Chicago. TNT will air the game from 7:00 PM.

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  • I guess we will find out how bad VDN wants his job to continue, along with how bad his players want his job to continue.

    It's not GUT CHECK TIME. It's HEART CHECK TIME.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    How would this game tell you how much VDN wants to keep his job?

  • It's FREE AGENT TIME.

    In all seriousness, I hope we at least show up tonight and not let King Douche stare us down and dance on the grave of our season. It's time to sharpen those elbows and at least make them remember us.

  • That's right let's not get kicked around and let Lebron & Shrek dominate us! Time to Hack a Shaq! Actually Shaq has been pretty quite in this series, but the Cavs have so many weapons, and us so many holes we need super effort from our team...and at the same time...it's like getting lightning to stike in the same place twice! GO BULLS!!!! DO IT FOR VINNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to smiley:

    Too bad the refs seem to be taking our strategy into their own hands. If they're going to call those BS fouls down low, we don't have any choice but to Hack-a-Shaq.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Refs are screwing us in the 4th! Phantom fouls and that missed and 1 is unacceptable!!!

  • In reply to smiley:

    I still can't get over that and 1 blown call! Couldn't they review it?! That was a six point swing.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Yeah, but there were a ton of shots we could have and should have made. If it weren't for those two Rose shots rimming out, it would have been very different. And if Noah would have squeezed that damn rebound...

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