The game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls may have been a reunion of sorts between old friends. An encounter between friendly rivals Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. But that storyline made a surprising twist through Rajon Rondo ‘s performance.
On Friday, coming off a two-game losing streak, basketballs fans expected a fiercer Cavs line up. Instead, they got beat in the paint, outworked by a resilient Bulls that struggled with their shooting.
It was the balanced charge by Chicago, and a triple double by Rajon Rondo that helped beat the defending champs with LeBron James on Friday with 111-105.
Jimmy Butler scored 26 points. Dwyane Wade had 24, while Taj Gibson added a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds according to a report by Fox Sports.
The force behind the Bulls
“Dwyane’s been unbelievable for this group of guys. Not only our young guys, but the veterans as well,” Fred Hoiberg said in a report by the Daily Herald. “He’s just provided such strong leadership for this group. You always see him with his arm around somebody, whether it’s Jimmy Butler, whether it’s Denzel (Valentine).
Dwyane Wade still got the skills to score and take over the game. But LeBron James got into something else facing him with the full force of a young Bulls team behind.
“From A to Z, he’s been awesome in the leadership department. Obviously what he does on the court speaks for itself. He still puts up good numbers, and he’s still a guy you can get the ball to late in the game.” Fred Hoiberg added.
“More importantly, what he’s done off the court getting everybody together, the team bonding activities, he’s absolutely been a rock star in that area.”
Dwyane Wade has adjusted his game to his age strategically. It’s given him more depth through his shooting and passing, but what seems to be the most crucial cannot be broken down, nor are they tangibles.
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