PREVIEW OF SUNDAY'S ACTION!
Today, starting at 1pm Eastern, ABC kicks off a doubleheader. The new look Bulls will come to the Q (Quicken Loans Arena) to face the Cavs. The part of this game that entices me is that these two teams were involved in a big three team trade recently (see
this post). Those players, who were traded should consider this a showcase to prove their former team wrong for trading them.
That will result in a battle between these two teams. The Bulls don't have much to play for, they are 12 games under 500. and maybe a lottery pick would send them in the right direction next year. LJ (LeBron James) needs to have another wonderful game to put the Cavs on top. A triple double performance from James would not surprise me.
Then, at 3:30 Eastern time, Dallas will try to make some noise against the Lakers. This is the game to watch, if you plan on watching any today. LA is playing some of their best ball this season, Kobe, Pau and Odom have really settled into their roles. Dallas is still adapting from the JKidd addition and this will be a test of how they can perform against a top team on national TV.
I predict that the Cavs will win the first game. LeBron has forced this team to play well and is performing magic on the court in every game. Could he be an MVP? Maybe, but it is more of an individual effort than a team effort. They aren't the best team in the league and everyone knows it. But, the NBA does love to award individual talent, though.
I am leaning towards Dallas squeezing by LA. They want to prove themselves and they will do whatever it takes to win this game. I'm not saying LA can't steal this game, I just think that Dallas wants to show that they can play. A triple double for JKidd would be expected in a big game like this.