Cleveland Cavaliers Heading to the Eastern Conference Finals
- May 15, 2015
By Damon Bair, May 15, 2015
PENSACOLA, Fla. – After the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night, Lebron James is on his way to a 5th straight Eastern Conference Final. The Cavaliers closed out the series with a game six rout in Chicago, behind Matthew Dellavedov’s 19 points, Tristan Thompson’s 17 rebounds, and James’ 11 assists. The Cavaliers won by 21 points, with a “banged-up” James only scoring 15 points on 30% shooting from the floor. James still managed to help lead his team to victory, coming up one rebound shy of a triple-double; however, Dellavedov was the unsung hero Thursday night. Dellavedov, an undrafted guard from Australia, who averaged 4.8 points per game during the regular season, scored 19 points off the bench, 16 of which were in the second-half. The Cavs were up 14 at the half and Dellavedov’s great second-half shooting never gave the Bulls the chance to even think about a comeback.
The Cavs are down Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving aggravated an existing knee injury, and James is even dealing with some injuries of his own, but the Cleveland Cavaliers still managed to make it to their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2009. By defeating the Bulls in game 6, the Cavs can get some much needed rest and wait on their Eastern Conference Final opponent, the Washington Wizards or the Atlanta Hawks. Without starting a “James vs Jordan debate”, James does deserve some praise for carrying a beat up Cavs team to yet another Eastern Conference Final. Whether James gets it done statistically (38 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists), or as a leader, he continues to play tough basketball, and makes everyone around him better. He’s not Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, he’s just The King.