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No reason for Cleveland Cavaliers to worry about 0-3 record vs. Chicago Bulls: Fedor's five observations

CLEVELAND - Jefferson 3-6 4-4 11, James 8-12 7-9 24, Thompson 2-4 4-6 8, Irving 10-20 3-3 25, Shumpert 1-4 0-0 3, Williams 5-7 2-2 14, Frye 1-6 2-2 4, Korver 5-11 0-0 13. The Cavaliers didn't have Kevin Love, Lebron James, or J.R. Smith last night.

LeBron James is a doubt to face the Chicago Bulls, after the Cleveland Cavaliers forward missed shootaround with illness.

Our models project James for 47.6 fantasy points on Fan Duel Monday night, with 25.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 37.5 minutes.

Chicago, which rallied to force overtime before defeating Phoenix 128-121 on Friday, has won the first two meetings with the Cavaliers this season, three straight dating to last campaign and 20 of the last 26 overall.

Without James, Cleveland looked unorganized offensively, relying exclusively on Irving's ball-handling and shot-creating to put points on the board.

Korver said not starting and potentially playing limited minutes in some games will be no issue with Williams, who had run-ins with several coaches early in his career.

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Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he's always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. If Bogut does sign with the Cavs, it will mean that Cleveland fills two long sought after spots on their roster (back-up point guard and back-up center) as they prepare for the NBA Playoffs and a shot at back-to-back NBA Championships. That is why holding All-Star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo to nine measly points was huge. Anybody that goes to The Finals six straight times is a victor.

In New York, Carmelo Anthony made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left to give New York a 110-109 victory over Philadelphia 76ers. A great shot, but the Knicks need to find ways to secure double-digit fourth quarter leads.

Out of those five teams mentioned, Bogut's services would probably be of most use to the Boston Celtics. George did not feel like he should have been tossed. "It was a team that showed interest in the offseason in signing me". "That's all I'll say".

Since the start of this season, the Cavaliers have been looking for a veteran point guard to take some of the load off Kyrie Irving, and, to a lesser extent, LeBron James.

Outside of Irving, the Cavaliers struggled to find scoring options. He just happened to have double figures in another category, as well.

Nikola Mirotic played well again, dropping a double-double. The Bucks capitalized on Cleveland's mistakes, as the Cavaliers' seven first quarter turnovers were one of the main reasons the Bucks erased the 11-point lead the Cavs held at one point.



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