NBA Playoff Preview: Cavaliers vs. Bulls
The Cleveland Cavaliers have done it again! This season the Cavs will be heading into the NBA playoffs with the overall best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs for the second straight season and with high hopes of becoming NBA champions for the first time in franchise history.
Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers being the odds-on favorite to win the NBA championship this season, there’s still a long way to go before we even reached the finals and anything can happen from now until then just like he did last season the Orlando Magic made easy work of LeBron James and company in the Eastern Conference finals.
Obviously, the one team that the Cleveland Cavaliers have in their crosshairs is the Orlando Magic who ended their run at the NBA finals last season. In a way to counter the Orlando Magic’s offensive firepower and defense beast in Dwight Howard, the Cavs went out and traded for Shaquille O’Neal in the offseason.
The move was made in order to try and contain Dwight Howard if they end up facing each other once again at some point in the playoffs. It is uncertain if Shaq will be a contain Howard, but the chances are looking much better than they were last season when the Orlando Magic against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Another move the Cleveland Cavaliers made during the regular season in order to keep Lebron James and a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform for the foreseeable future and compete with the best of the best in the league, Cavs GM Danny Ferry made a trade for virtually nothing and acquired versatile forward Antawn Jamison.
With the addition of Jamison and Shaq, the Cleveland Cavaliers have become arguably the best all around team in the league and will be extremely tough to beat in a seven game series.
The first team that LeBron James and company will face in the playoffs is a team that were able to get into the postseason on the last game of the NBA regular season in the Chicago Bulls.
Even though the Chicago Bulls might be a great team in the near future with the emergence of superstar point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah, they still have a ways to go to be able to compete with teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and that will never be more apparent than it will be against the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs.
Not only do the Chicago Bulls have absolutely no body to guard LeBron James in this series, but they will struggle against the Cavs sheer size as there will be matchup problems galore and unless Derrick Rose has a career game, every game, I can’t see the Bulls win more than one game in the first round.
Now the one thing that Chicago Bulls might have going for them coming into this series with the Cleveland Cavaliers is that they played exceptionally well against the Boston Celtics last season in the playoffs and were able to take into full seven games.
Even though the Boston Celtics are nowhere near the dominant team that the Cleveland Cavaliers are right now, Derrick Rose and company might be able to get some of that playoff swagger back and surprise
LeBron’s Cavs with a couple of wins.
Series Prediction: 4-0 Cleveland Cavaliers
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