The Cleveland Cavaliers played a pretty solid first half and looked like they were going to pull away in the third quarter. There was a stretch in the second half where the Cavs played their best basketball of the season. They were active on both ends, created turnovers, and moved the ball. But when it got serious in the fourth quarter, lots of that stopped. The Bulls came back and took the lead and Cleveland found themselves in a dogfight. Fortunately, the Bulls missed several point blank put back attempts and Tristan Thompson hit some clutch free throws to secure a 97-93 win on Fear the Sword Fan Night. The Cavaliers are now undefeated when we have Fear the Sword Fan Night at the Q. #AdvancedStats
What can I say about Andrew Bynum? He was awesome. He played 31 minutes, the most that he's played all season and was pretty dominant on both ends. He finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks. It was awesome. Just as we were all ready to give up on the Bynum Experiment, he turns in a performance like this to remind us of his incredible upside.
Dion Waiters continues to kick ass after the trade rumors started swirling. He was in control, on balance, and played with purpose. I enjoy this version of Dion Waiters. He finished with 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting.
Can you imagine Tristan Thompson shooting those free throws last year? We haven't mentioned it in a while, but it's still ridiculous that he switched shooting hands and improved this much.
C.J. Miles helps a lot. He isn't 100% and only played 16 minutes, but he brings a veteran presence and some much needed outside shooting.
I'm sure Mike Brown will be pleased with the defensive effort that he got for much of this game. Luol Deng was awesome and hit some really tough shots, but it wasn't enough. The Bulls without Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler are much easier to defend, even though Taj Gibson and Tony Snell turned in pretty great performances as well.
The Cavs improve to 5-12 on the season and are still very much alive in the horrible Eastern Conference. Is this progress or is it just a fluke win? I'll let you guys argue about that amongst yourselves.