Cavs dominate Bulls, advance to Eastern Conference Finals
On Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers closed out their series against the Chicago Bulls with a lopsided 94-73 victory. This series was a physical one that included two buzzer-beater victories (one by each team) in back-to-back games, and also included the ejection of the Bulls’ Taj Gibson in Game 5. The ejection is still being debated, but it ended up costing the Bulls a possible victory.
The Cavs/Bulls series was a chance for LeBron James to continue his quest for another ring, and he is now one step closer to achieving that task. There has never been so much criticism of one player in the history of the NBA, but LeBron is doing everything that he can to help get the Cavs in the NBA Finals. He struggled from the field in Game 6, shooting .304, but his teammates brought their A-game to help the Cavs advance to face the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Washington Wizards series (Atlanta leads 3-2).
The bright spot for the Chicago Bulls in this series was the play of Derrick Rose. Rose has missed considerable time in the last few years due to multiple knee injuries, but he looked flashy against the Cavaliers. There were times where he looked like the pre-injury Derrick Rose, and he banked in the game-winner in Game 3.
What would follow in Game 4? Nothing more than a game-winner by Lebron James.
Both of these shots brought excitement to a series that was expected to be quick work for LeBron and the Cavs. Not many people gave the Bulls a chance of winning this series (Cavs won 4-2), but they attempted to prevent a LeBron-led team the ability to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for a fifth consecutive season. The only other player to advance to more consecutive conference finals than LeBron is Chauncey Billups, who advanced to seven straight conference finals.
Will the Cavs make it to the NBA Finals and get LeBron James another ring? What did you think about the Bulls/Cavs series? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Dustin Brown covers the NBA for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.