We would have hoped to discuss how much of an exciting and hard fought game it was between the Bulls and Cavaliers, unfortunately, the Cavs delivered a hefty beat-down to the Chicago Bulls on their home court which left the crowd stunned and heading for an early exit. Since the beginning of the first quarter the Cavs played with a sense of urgency as they looked forward to wrapping up the series in order to give some much needed rest to the injured Kyrie Irving, who played limited minutes in the elimination game.
As a team, the Cavs issued a balance offensive attack with at least five players scoring in double-digits, meanwhile, the Bulls struggled to find the basket and shot less than 38 percent from the field.
The Bulls will have a long off-season to reflect on their shortcomings and where they went wrong after failing to defeat an injured and once staggering Cleveland Cavaliers team. The Cavs will face either the Washington Wizards or the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.
Team S.U. recaps game 6, including what the Cavs did right and where the Bulls went wrong.
FINAL SCORE: CLE 94 – CHI 73
Game 6 Recap and Eastern Conference Finals Preview
Steve Turner (NBA Contributor): Despite all of the injuries for the Cavs, they advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland played this series without Kevin Love, Kyrie wasn’t 100 percent and LeBron was pretty banged up. I’m extremely impressed with the way the Cavs finished this out. Several players on the Cavs contributed, from the starters, to the bench.
Tristan Thompson had an incredible 1st quarter. He was all over the offensive boards and made the Bulls pay on 2nd chance shots. James Jones was another player that stepped up in the 1st quarter, nailing a couple of three-pointers. The most player I’m the most impressed with was Matthew Dellavedova. He contributed a lot both offensively and defensively all game.
I thought with Pau Gasol returning, the Bulls would have had a great chance to win this game. The Bulls just didn’t respond the way they needed to. I think this Cleveland team has what it takes to win it all. The major concern for Cleveland right now is the injury on Kyrie Irving. He came out of the game early due to that injury on his left knee. If the Cavs can manage to keep this momentum, be afraid of what this team is capable of.
Jr. Williams (NBA Editor): What can I say; It was a hell of a run for former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, but I think its time for the Bulls to bring in an offensively minded head coach as their offense looked horrid in what was supposed to be a crucial game to win for the Bulls.
Since the first quarter, I sat waiting for the Bulls to make a run, but I noticed their body language and intensity during the same was completely non-existent, and from there I knew the game was already in the hands of the Cavs. The Bulls looked lost on both ends of the court while the Cavs utterly punished them inside and outside. Jimmy Butler managed to keep LeBron James to under 20 points, but it meant nothing as the Cavaliers bench completely decimated the Bulls. Lets be honest here, did anyone predict a blowout?
And who could have predicted Matthew Dellavedova would come off the bench to score 19 points. All credit goes to the Cavaliers defense and LeBron James for getting his team involved offensively. Now on to the next one. Chicago fans, have a great summer. I know you’re looking forward to a new coaching era in Chicago.
As for the Cavs, I like their chances against either the Wizards or Hawks. This could be the easiest road to the NBA finals in LeBron James’ career.