Inconsistent Bulls May Have Tough Time Capitalizing on Cavs’ Identity Crisis

January 22nd, 2016 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

The Chicago Bulls were always going to need a few breaks to have a serious shot at competing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They may have just caught a massive one, and now it's on them to take advantage of the situation.

Chicago won the teams' season opener at the United Center. Just a day before the Bulls and Cavs' second of the season, Cleveland sent shock waves through the NBA. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that the Cavs fired head coach David Blatt and replaced him with lead assistant Tyronn Lue. 

Cleveland's firing of Blatt isn't much of a surprise. His partnership with LeBron James was awkward from the beginning, and they never clicked. But the timing of the firing was surprising. The Cavs were coming off a 115-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, and at 30-11, they held a three-game lead for first place in the Eastern Conference.

But Cleveland had its reasons for firing Blatt when it did, and the change lays bare the team's vulnerabilities. Despite being clearly the most talented team in the East, the Cavs are still a group without an id ...

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