This one could get ugly, Cleveland fans. Anderson Varejao will be sitting out this entire road trip with his cheekbone fracture. Joey Graham (quad) will be out as well with Mo Williams (hip) and Daniel Gibson (thigh) currently sitting as questionable, as Scott posted yesterday. Chicago is a defensive-minded team that has now won 12 of 14 after a brutal schedule to start the season, while the lowly Cavaliers have lost 15 of their last 16 contests (more on this below the jump).
Some things to watch tonight should be the continuously improving play of point guard Ramon Sessions, who could be all alone in the backcourt. Also, expect additional playing time for center Ryan Hollins and forward Leon Powe due to Varejao’s injury tonight and Monday against Dallas. So hang tight there folks, it would be nice to hope for an upset win on the road, but not too many reasons to be optimistic this time around.
Just for some additional fun, take a look at these statistics for the Bulls and Cavs recently:
Chicago: 12-2 since Saturday, Dec. 4th
Scoring Average: 99.00 to 87.86 (+11.14)
Rebounding Average: 45.71 to 40.07 (+5.64)
Efficiency Field Goal Percentage: 50.69% to 44.14% (+6.55%)
Cleveland: 1-15 since Tuesday, Nov. 30th
Scoring Average: 92.31 to 105.94 (-13.63)
Rebounding Average: 38.50 to 44.44 (-5.94)
Efficiency Field Goal Percentage: 45.46% to 54.85% (-9.39%)