The Cleveland Cavalier seems to have secured their offense. However, their defense remains weak and still a work in progress.
On Tuesday night game, LeBron James and Kelvin Love both had double-doubles. This was because the Cavalier overcame the fierce attack from the Chicago Bulls during the first-half which earned them a 119-112 match victory.
James finished with 34 points and made 13 assists for the Cavs. It’s not surprising to see James performing as the primary ball-handler, but this time around he started as a point guard making it the first time since 2005.
There was a change in the starting lineup as Derrick Rose still maintains an ankle injury. The Cavalier included JR Smith and Tristan Thompson after a request was made by Dwyane Wade to be moved to the second unit.
Wade, having featured three worst starts this season, finished with 11 points and 4 assists after coming off the bench to play for 19 minutes. This was undoubtedly his best performance of the season as a Cav. He entered the game shooting 28 points, averaging 5.7 points per game.
In a report, Wade said that he was determined to get to the unit, sooner than later, where he can perform better with his team in the lineup.
The team played as they would usually play with Wade in the second unit. Their 16 makes were a little shy of what they put in their first three matches combined and with a season-high of 38 three points.
James had a season-high four threes, whereas Love, Kyle Korver, and Jae Crowder had three each. Love’s effort on Tuesday night became his third double-double of the season, and his three makes will give the Cavs if nothing but a sigh of relief.
Markkanen led the charge for the Bulls
On the other hand, the Bulls have been one shy of their record with 17 threes. 12 out of those were part of the first-half 68-point, with Lauri Markkanen taking the lead. Markkanen had a season-high five threes hitting 17 of his 19 points during the first two quarters. With his outstanding performance, Markkanen might have usurped a spot in the starting lineup.
The Cleveland will be up against the Nets on Wednesday on a back-to-back, and The Bulls will host the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.