The Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated by the Chicago Bulls 115-86 at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night in a battle of 1-0 teams. The Cavs struggled to create good looks on offense out of the gate, and it was reflected in their shooting percentage, which was 30.8% at half. Meanwhile the Bulls started out on fire, shooting 73.7% in the first quarter. Chicago hit the first bucket and never looked back, maintaining the lead the entire game.
The best part of the game for Cavs fans may have been when Joakim Noah traveled in the first quarter and everyone got mad at him. Unfortunately there were really that few bright spots in this match up. Kyrie led the team with 15, but only contributed four assists. Varejao, coming off a career high 23 rebounds against the Wizard's only pulled down five versus the Bulls. Rookie Dion Waiters finished with seven points and four assists.
Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao are clearly the two stars of the team. The Cavs seem to lack the depth to compete when they aren't both at the top of their game. If Cleveland is going to make a run this year other players will have to step up. Could this person be Dion Waiters? Could it be Alonzo Gee (who finished with 12 points)? Or perhaps Gibson off the bench? Hopefully the answer is all three, but the Cavs need the support fast.
Cleveland starts a six game road trip in Milwaukee tomorrow night. They will also visit the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Brooklyn Nets. It will say a lot about the team if the Cavs can shake off this loss against a solid Bulls team, and pull off a winning record on this tough road trip.
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