Cavaliers Vs Bulls: Game 1 Preview

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIApril 15, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 5:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot over Ben Gordon #7 and Drew Gooden #90 of the Chicago Bulls during the game on November 5, 2008 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavaliers won 107-93.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Bulls Vs Cavaliers Game 1 starts April 17th at 3 p.m ET. Even though it seems pretty decided, remember last year's first round matchup between Boston & Chicago that went to seven games. I'm not saying there will be another 7 game series but hey anything can happen.

The Cavs and the Bulls regular season series are split 2-2. Really it seems like 2-1 if you consider the last game they played the Cavs didn't have Lebron James due to rest.

The Cavs have the best record in the NBA even after a pretty slow start to the season. They Acquired Shaq in a trade this season and he hasn't fit in as well as they hoped but they still have the best record in the NBA at 61-21. The only reason Shaq was brought in was to guard Dwight Howard ( Shaq JR) in the eastern conference finals. Lebron James and the Cavs hope to avoid an upset at home this Saturday vs the Bulls.


The Bulls (speak of the devil) barely got in the playoffs at 41-41, and even though that may seem good for a bulls team without Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen, it has been a disappointing season for the Bulls because they were expected to be maybe the 5th best team in the conference, and that has not been the case. The Bulls probably made the dumbest NO signing in the NBA by not signing Ben Gordon in the off season. Chicago is now 24th in the league in scoring and that is all part when they had let there leading scorer last season leave to Detroit. The Bulls have a tough task when they face Lebron James and the Cavaliers this Saturday at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Keys for the Bulls

Contain The supporting cast: The thing about Lebron James is that he is a great passer and he has the supporting cast that can make shots, if you can keep the ball in Lebron James hands then it will be hard for the supporting cast to get in rhythm and you will force Lebron James to try to score.

Keep Lebron James from the Paint: Lebron James, is the best finisher in the game. If he get's near the rim, move out the way or your gonna get embarrassed. Lebron James has improved his 3 point shooting since he's been in the league but he hasn't exactly perfected it. Lebron James will shoot the three but he's not deadly, and more times then not he'll miss it. If you keep him away from the paint and make him shoot jump shots then he'll lose his focus and start to commit turnovers and those turnovers can mean more points.

Keys for the Cavs

Get Joakim Noah in foul trouble: The Bulls are the #1 rebounding team in the NBA and the #2 in the league in blocks. Joakim Noah is there leading rebounder & shot blocker, if the Cavs can get Joakim in foul trouble then they'll only have to worry about the 6-9 Taj Gibson and not the 6-11 Joakim Noah.

Crash the offensive boards: The Cavs are 11th in the league in rebounding, which is great. But the Cavs are 27th in the league in offensive rebounding which is not great or good at all. Crashing the offensive glass creates second chance points and the Cavs could use the second chance points against a tough defensive team like the Bulls. 


Prediction: Cavs 103 Bulls 96 Cavs take 1-0 lead.