Much to the delight of Miami Heat fans, the Cleveland Cavaliers stumbled against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, falling 99-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 49 points, but it was on 19-for-45 shooting. For Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin, that duo is going to have to produce in a big way — every game — for them to have a shot at advancing.
“Look, with Love out, and the spacing gone, LeBron and Kyrie are gonna have to put up big numbers every game,” Helin said on the Big O Show on 560 WQAM. “They just have to. They don’t have the talent otherwise to do it.”
Does King James’ run of four consecutive Eastern Conference Finals — all with the Miami Heat — end here?