Feb. 27, 2017
Are the Chicago Bulls Cleveland's Biggest Threat in East?
No matter how dominate one team can be or how bad they can be, it will depends on matchups when teams play one another. For the third time this season, the Chicago Bulls have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. Is it time to say that Chicago is Cleveland's biggest threat come playoff time?
Chicago has won the last 6 out of 7 meetings in the regular season. I remember telling people last year since Cleveland didn't have the championship pedigree that Chicago would be a bad matchup in the first round for them.
This season, it might be no different. The Cavaliers didn't have Kevin Love, Lebron James, or J.R. Smith last night. However the first meeting they had all three and lost, and the second meeting, they still had Lebron and Love playing.
Also, if it wasn't for Lebron James clutch shot against Chicago two years ago in the playoffs that changed the series and eventually won it, we might be talking about a serious spell right now as to why Chicago is in their heads.
I mean all Chicago really has is Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, and a bunch of junk yard dogs. Are those junk yard dogs really that powerful that they cause Cleveland problems?
The Cavaliers have one more meeting with the Bulls this season. They have to win so they can find a physiological edge again. Even if they were to get swept in the series and if they played each other in the playoffs, I would expect Cleveland to turn up the intensity, but it won't be easy.