This is not good. Like, really not good. If you have small children, you might want to avoid the Q tonight. The Chicago Bulls have beaten the Cavs eight straight times since the beginning of the 2010-11 season by an average of 19.75 points per game. That's a lot. Oh and tonight the Cavaliers will be without their top two scorers and playmakers.
Who? Cleveland Cavaliers (4-14) vs. Chicago Bulls (8-8)
When? 8:00 PM Eastern
Where? Quicken Loans Arena -- Cleveland, OH
Where on my eyeballs? Fox Sports Ohio / NBA League Pass / Your nightmares
Injury update: Kyrie Irving is OUT. Dion Waiters is OUT.
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How bad is this going to be?
Short answer: really bad. Long answer: really really really freaking horrible. Longer answer: well, just read all of this.
Did you watch the Cavaliers' game against the Detroit Pistons? Did you see them struggle immensely offensive and post an offensive efficiency of 84.5 against the Pistons? Well tonight the Cavs will play the 3rd best defense in the league. If my math is correct, that means they will have an offensive efficiency of 14.9 or roughly three baskets per quarter. Don't google that, just trust me.
You saw the problems that occur when the Cavs don't have Dion Waiters OR Kyrie Irving. The offense basically consists of a bunch of standing around and kind of dribbling and shooting horrible shots. Jeremy Pargo is really the only guy who is able to get past people, but he doesn't have the court vision or playmaking ability to create for others once he drives. Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson will probably get some buckets off of putbacks and such, but that's pretty much it. We might need 89 points from Pargo in order to win this game.
Omri Casspi will likely start again at small forward and slide Alonzo Gee to the shooting guard spot. This isn't ideal, but it's the best we have. I'll be interested to see if Byron Scott gives C.J. Miles more of a chance tonight. He can almost kind of create his own shot and it can't be worse than our other options.
On the other side of the ball, the Cavs should probably start playing defense. It's December and stopping people from scoring is typically something that teams try to do. The Bulls don't really have that "go-to" scorer with Derrick Rose still HOLDING ONTO HIS KNEE AND DOWN, but I'm sure the Cavs will make Joakim Noah or Taj Gibson look like Hakeem Olajuwon tonight.
For all you Kevin Jones lovers, I doubt that he gets any burn, but he is with the team tonight. If all of our other players decide to just leave or start crying, Jones might get some time.
Fear The Sword's Fearless Prediction:
Pain. Again. The Bulls just have Cleveland's number and it will likely be another epic beatdown. Bulls win 109-87. It will be ugly. Hopefully the Indians make a trade or Colt McCoy brushes his teeth, causing the Cleveland media to completely ignore the Cavs.
Byron Scott will finally get fed up, uncross his arms, and get ejected from this game. It might be because he is upset with the refs or with his team's effort. Or maybe he just came to get the promotional leg lamp giveaway and wanted to leave right after.