Nov. 02, 2016
NBA: Are the Chicago Bulls a threat to the Cavs?
The Chicago Bulls are off to their best start since the days of Michael Jordan. They are currently 3-0 with a chance to win again tonight against the Boston Celtics. So far the trio of Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo, and Dwyane Wade are playing exceptionally well and are gelling quicker than many have anticipated. They are one of the top teams in the East, but we will have to wait to see if that holds up. This team is constructed to win a lot of games, but can they threaten the reigning defending champions, Cleveland Cavaliers? I believe so, and before you kill me, let me state my case.
Great Guard Play
The Chicago Bulls have great guard play. Rajon Rondo, despite critics, is a great point guard who tremendous court vision. He's averaging 6.7 points and 8.7 assists and with this team, he doesn't need to do anymore than that. Butler and Wade are a great duo, that compliment each other. They are combining for 36 points per game and have actually had low minutes. Wade is looking as healthy as he has been the last two years and he is ready for another playoff run. With their guard play, the Bulls can make some noise.
I'm not going to exaggerate and say that they are a lockdown defensive team, but they have some defenders than can cause the Cavaliers wing players some problems. Rondo, Wade, and Butler are all solid defenders and Robin Lopez isn't too shabby as well. As a collective unit, they are holding opponents to 96 ppg and in this uptempo era that is highly impressive. They got enough big bodies to throw at the Cavs and the Bulls are a tough gritty team that matches up well against them.
Now I am not saying that the Bulls will beat the Cavs, but can this potential series go seven games? Of course it can. The Bulls are a great team that have a good young coach in Hoidberg. Barring injury, which is the only way they don't meet up with the Cavs, the Bulls can give the Cavs a run for their money. Hopefully we finally see Dwyane Wade vs. Lebron James that I was hoping for since 2006.
What do you think? Are the Bulls a threat to the Cavs? Comment below and thanks for reading!