Cavs power past the Bulls in convincing fashion, winning 115-92 at home. This snapped their two-game losing skid.
The high-powered Chicago Bulls have been functioning like a well-oiled machine so far this season. Led by the play of Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan this season, the Bulls have looked to be pretty formidable. The two have led the Bulls with combined averages of 62 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists per game. They are considered the best one-two punch in the league this season.
However, with DeRozan being ruled out of Wednesday Night’s game due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols, the Cavs smelled blood in the water.
The Cavs outscored the Bulls in every quarter of the game leading to the 23-point win. Darius Garland continued his All-Star level play in the game, leading all scorers with 24 points while dishing out six dimes in 33 minutes of play. He shot an efficient 9-16 from the field.
Evan Mosley, who many see as the league’s front runner for Rookie of the Year this season, had a solid game. He contributed 16 points, shot 8/11 from the field, and pulled down 9 boards to help his team. In this contest, Mobley was also a terror on the defensive end getting two steals and five “return to senders” (blocks). He convincingly anchored the defense, even shutting down Zach LaVine mid dunk.
Overall, the Cavs gave a balanced assault, getting key baskets and defensive plays from many players.
Right now, the Cavs sit at a 14-12 win-loss record. 7th in the Eastern Conference. Friday Night, they look to continue their success as they travel to Minnesota to play the Timberwolves at home. The T’Wolves are sitting at 11-14 right now, after a four-game losing streak.
Despite their woes as of late, ESPN still has Minnesota with a 54.6% chance of beating Cleveland according to their basketball power index. But, analytics aside, Cleveland has shown so far this season that they have what it takes to get it done on the road. So going into Friday’s game, the Timberwolves better bring their A-game if they hope to beat the Cavs.
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