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Looks Like The Bulls and Cavs Have Themselves a Good Old-Fashioned Tank-Off This Afternoon

Let me quote what my coach once told me before the biggest game of my life: “This one is going to come down to who wants it more.” And folks, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing in the 7th grade YMCA championship game like I was or in the National Basketball Association on one of their premier days of the year, these words of wisdom will always ring true. And it’ll be no different today when the 10-36 Chicago Bulls come to visit the 9-38 Cleveland Cavaliers for a 1 pm matinee tip-off. Except, obviously, it’s not who wants to WIN more. It’s who wants to lose.

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These two bottom dwellers have been neck and neck all year, competing for the worst record in the NBA. And it’s been no secret. With the way the NBA is structured, sometimes you need to lose to win. Just ask the 76ers. The absolute worst spot to be in is where you have no chance of winning a championship, but you also have no chance of landing a potential franchise player in the draft. The Cavs and Bulls have both been very, very clear in their intentions this year. And it was the Cavs who came out of the gate HOT.

Getting rid of their coach just 6 games into the season (presumably because he wanted to try and win – even though he was terrible at it) was a good start, but they had to keep their talented players off the court, too. That’s when they decided that Kevin Love’s toe injury was going to be bad. Very bad.

1 month? It’s been 3. The Cavs are here for the long haul, baby. And they really hit their stride in mid-December.

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It looked like they were running away with it, but the Bulls have fought back valiantly lately.

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Losing 10 out of 10 and having some young talent go down with an injury? The Bulls are definitely the hotter team right now, especially with the Cavs slipping up with a win last week in Los Angeles. But I’m sure they’re looking forward to bouncing back today with a good home loss.  It will be no easy task though, as Chicago is coming in primed for a embarrassing blowout on the road.

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Looking at the Cavs roster, I initially thought that we had the advantage today….

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But then when you look at Chicago’s, you realize they have a terrible team too.

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This one is going to come down to the intangibles. Whose coach can substitue worse? Who can get in foul trouble? And most importantly, who has the home court advantage? Unfortunately, we do. Because in a normal game, you want to be at home to cheer on your team. But today, since we are unlucky enough to be at home, I URGE the people of Cleveland to get out there and BOO. Really give it to the Cavs. Make a difference. A home court disadvantage. Come on guys, I know you can be ruthless. I’ve seen it!

Image: Cleveland Cavaliers fans in Ohio wear shirts expressing their disappointment towards LeBron James, who was with the Cavaliers for seven years before leaving to play for the Miami Heat

And it’s only $5 to get in! I can’t believe the little amount of hype surrounding our biggest game of the year.

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Man, what a steal! On MLK Day no less! But I hope the big game jitters don’t get to the Cavs today. Just keep doing your thing. This team was assembled for a reason. You’re made for games like today. And if you forget your purpose out there today, just remember one word: Zion. Keep your eye on the prize, boys….

And let’s go Bulls!!!

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