By: Caleb Luketic
The Cleveland Cavaliers increased their lead of the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Chicago Bulls 99-94 on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers were led in scoring by Kyrie Irving, who scored 27 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. LeBron James stole the headlines, however, by recording his first triple double since returning to Cleveland. The Cavaliers now have a 4 game lead for the No. 2 seed in the East over the Bulls.
J.R. Smith also had a huge game, by hitting 8 of the 16 3-pointers the Cavaliers made. Smith allowed Kyrie Irving and LeBron James to get open looks. They were also able to attack the paint, which allowed more open shots on the perimeter. Smith ended the game with 24 points.
The Cavaliers are starting to get more players involved like Smith, Mozgov, and Love. Both Mozgov and Love scored 11 points on Sunday afternoon. Love has been starting to figure out his role with the Cavaliers as a scorer. Love has been under scrutiny and the microscope of the media all season long because he hasn’t really fit in with the way LeBron does things. Love has silenced the media now because he has finally started to consistently rebound and score.
The Cavaliers are going into the playoffs with a full head of steam. They are by far the best team in the East, and I think they will have an easy time moving through the Eastern Conference. I think that the Cavaliers will play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.