Cavaliers got 14-13 points off bench from JR Smith in splitting pair in Chicago- James was 10-30 in Game 4 but hit winning shot after coach Blatt almost screwed things up by trying to call timeout he didn’t have. Bulls shot 36% from floor, led by 11 but lost chance to go up 3-1 in the series. Bulls won 10 of last 14 games overall with six of last nine staying under total; Chicago made 10-18 from arc in Game 1, only 22-62 in last three games. Cleveland had only four fast break points in Game 4.
Heart-check time for the Rockets, who lost by 25-33 points in pathetic showing in LA over weekend; do they want to keep playing? Didn’t look like they did while being outscored 43-25 in third quarter Sunday, with Clippers blowing them out badly. Will Houston keep fouling Jordan, who is +76 in this series (Rockets are +8 when he is off floor)? This game is a simple one; how badly does Houston want to compete, if at all? Seven of last eight Clipper games went over the total.