Chicago Bulls Can Defeat the Cavaliers if Derrick Rose Continues to Dominate

The Chicago Bulls are up three games to zero over the Milwaukee Bucks in their first round matchup after Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose went for 32 points in a double-overtime win last night. Derrick-Rose-3241

Rose has been on a tear in the eight games he has played since returning from surgery in February to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has not shown any ill-effects of his surgery as he has been dominant on the court and shown the same explosiveness to the rim he has always had since entering the NBA in 2008 out of the University of Memphis.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are also up 3-0 in their series with the Boston Celtics. If the Bulls and Cavaliers win their series, it will set up a much anticipated second round showdown between the Lebron James led Cavaliers and the always tough Bulls.

If I were Cleveland, I would not be overconfident going into a series with the Bulls who have dealt with a plethora of injuries throughout the regular season. In the 21 games the Bulls’ projected starting lineup played together, they went 16-5. Rose has been joined in the backcourt by shooting guard Jimmy Butler who is “lights out” when his shot is on. Small forward Mike Dunleavy, power forward Pau Gasol, and center Joakim Noah are a formidable front line that will give Cleveland fits.

Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving versus Rose will be worth the price of admission. Irving has blossomed as a scorer with James requiring added defensive attention by opponents. If Rose can continue to play as he has in this playoff series, each game between the Cavs and Bulls could come down to which point guard has the better game. That is assuming the Bulls come up with a strategic plan to contain James. You know James will get his points, but it is a question of how much. You know Noah and Gasol will make life difficult for James and company as they drive in the lane.

Think of the old school Detroit Pistons led by Bill Laimbeer as they played against Michael Jordan and company. There will be no easy buckets for either team. Expect a few brawls throughout the series as each team looks to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

And that’s as I see it!

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