VENUE: Quicken Loans Arena
TIP-OFF: 7:30 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Ohio HD (Cavaliers Live pre-game, 7 p.m.)
RADIO: WTAM-1100 AM (7 p.m.)
Cavs vs. Bulls
C Anderson Varejao vs. Joakim Noah
F Tristan Thompson vs. Carlos Boozer
F Alonzo Gee vs. Luol Deng
G Dion Waiters vs. Richard Hamilton
G Kyrie Irving vs. Kirk Hinrich
COACHES: Byron Scott, Cavs; Tom Thibodeau, Bulls.
Hinrich is no Derrick Rose, but Hinrich does tend to make life difficult for Irving. Thats no surprise, as Hinrich is widely regarded as one of the NBAs best backcourt defenders. He tends to keep his position, not go for fakes, and stay between his man and the rim.
In the event Hinrich does get beat off the dribble, he still manages to be a pest by poking at the ball or swatting at shots from behind.
Overall, the Bulls may be the leagues staunchest team defensively under third-year coach Tom Thibodeau. Noah, Hamilton, Deng and reserve forward Taj Gibson join Hinrich as all extr...