If you were looking forward to the Kirk Hinrich-Kyrie Irving match up, you were disappointed on Saturday night. Hinrich and Luol Deng missed their second straight game on Saturday night against the Cavaliers, but they weren’t needed.
D.J. Augustin and Carlos Boozer started out hot, and they gave the Bulls a 17 point lead at halftime. The Bulls were finally hitting some shots from the outside, and the Cavaliers looked like a disaster on the defensive end.
The Bulls ended up shooting 10 of 15 from beyond the arc, and their offense finally looked good without Derrick Rose. The game never really got close, but the Cavs did make some late game runs. Overall, the Bulls were desperate for a win after losing four straight, and 13 of 16. D.J Augustin had one of his best games in a long time with 17 points and 10 assists, and Carlos Boozer played well with 19 points and 9 rebounds. The Bulls had six players score in double figures, and the Cavaliers have to be searching for answers after tonight.
Kyrie Irving was battling sickness, and he played poorly. He had 14 points, but it took 16 shots to get there, and you could tell fatigue was setting in. Andrew Bynum continued his improved play with 19 points, but their offense couldn’t get going, and they scored only 84 points in the game.
The Bulls won 100-84, and it was a dominant performance by Chicago. The Bulls need performances like this by their guys who are healthy, and when Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich come back, they could recreate some of last year’s magic. The Cavs need to start looking for other options, as they have enough talent to compete for a playoff spot, but it hasn’t worked. They could look to make a trade, or look to replace Mike Brown as their coach. If I’m Dan Gilbert, I’d have George Karl on line one.