Game 4 (Preseason): Chicago Bulls (2-2) defeat Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3), 118-108
Oct. 14, 2016
United Center – Chicago
The Bulls were plagued by turnovers early on, committing 11 in just the first quarter alone. The fact they lacked a sense of urgency, too, while the Cavaliers were active and alert also contributed to the Bulls’ early deficit. But not only was Chicago’s defense lacking but its offense as well. Taj Gibson was very active, though, helping his team stay somewhat alive.
It wasn’t until the latter end of the third quarter that the Bulls found any sort of a rhythm. They had their best quarter, scoring 36 total points and holding the Cavaliers to just 21 points.
Player of the Game
Although he didn’t lead the Bulls in scoring, Taj Gibson’s overall performance led his team. He posted a double-double of 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 11 rebounds and added two assists, a steal and a block. And he did all this in 20 minutes.
Jerian Grant didn’t play until the fourth quarter, but he played its entirety and was the Bulls’ best player that period. He accounted for a little over a third of the Bulls’ 28 fourth-quarter points with 10 points of his own on 4-of-5 shooting. He made both of his 3-point attempts and dished out two assists.
Despite the win, the Bulls committed a whopping 22 turnovers. Half of them came in the first quarter alone, which just goes to show the damage the Bulls did to themselves to start. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers only committed nine turnovers during the entire game.
The Bulls overwhelming won the rebounding battle, grabbing over twice as many boards as the Cavaliers did. The Bulls’ rebounding also helped them from owning a major deficit.
The Cavaliers grabbed 10 steals while the Bulls only had three, proving just how careless the Bulls were with the ball.
Inactive Players/Injury Report
The Cavaliers rested 10 of their players Friday night: Chris Andersen, Mike Dunleavy, Channing Frye, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Dahntay Jones, Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson. Jones was the only one of the 10 to even make the trip to Chicago for the game.
The Bulls will finish out the week in Wisconsin on Saturday night, taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m. central.
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