Headband On, Lebron Leads the Cavs over Bulls

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We’re a little banged up, we’re short-handed, so I have to be aggressive,” James said. “Even more aggressive than my usual self, and I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight.”

Lebron was big time with 33 points, and his famous headband, which he didn’t wear in game 1, was back. His game was back too. James arrived at the arena at 4 pm on Wednesday, and it wasn’t to beat traffic like his coach joked.

“Maybe he wanted to beat the traffic,” quipped Cavs coach David Blatt. “Knowing him, it was something else.”

The early arrival helped the James and the Cavs go up 13-2 to start the game. James had 14 points in the first quarter alone and the home team had a 22 point in the first quarter. The Cavs never looked back.

“Our back was against the wall,” James said. “We couldn’t go down 2-0.”

“The story of the game was the first quarter,” Tom Thibodeau said curtly from the postgame podium after losing 106-91 on Wednesday night. “They smashed us.”

It has been and up and down season for the Bulls at times. The only team to go into Golden State and beat the Warriors, and then lose two nights later to the lowly Los Angeles Lakers. They Bulls can’t figure it out either.

“Who knows? We’ve been like this the entire year. We haven’t put a finger on it yet,” said Derrick Rose, who shot just 6 of 20 for 14 points and was ineffective on pick-and-rolls. “The way we came out it’s like a nonchalant type of attitude. Defense was the key. We kind of let them go anywhere they wanted to go.”

The Bulls did split the first 2 games so they do have home court advantage, they just have to keep it together for 3 more games. Can they? That seems to be the problem.

Game 3 is Friday at 8:00 PM on ESPN.

Written by Catfish Hughes

Catfish Hughes

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