Here are three observations from the Cavaliers' loss to the Bulls

The Cavs' struggled on Sunday night

James Rapien
December 23, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Dec 23, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) drives to the basket between Chicago Bulls forward Justin Holiday (7) and forward Wendell Carter Jr. (34) at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Bulls beat the Cavaliers 112-92 on Sunday night. It was a close game for three quarters, but Chicago pulled away in the fourth. Here are three postgame observations.

It’s Hard to Overcome Injuries – No one would mistake a fully healthy Cavs team for a championship contender, but the injuries are stacking up and it’s too much to overcome. Rodney Hood didn’t play on Sunday with left Achilles soreness. David Nwaba was doubtful before the game. He ended up playing – and re-injuring an already sprained left ankle. Everyone knows that Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are out with significant injuries. There are times when injuries are an excuse, but that isn’t the case with this team. Injuries are a reason why they ran out of gas and haven’t met their full potential this season. Sunday might have been the Cavs’ worst performance of the season.

Defense Matters – The Cavaliers’ defense was awful on Sunday. The Bulls shot over 50 percent from the field. They made 11-of-22 three-pointers. The Bulls weren’t reinventing the wheel on offense. There were plenty of times when one or two passes were enough to get a wide-open shot. When they don’t get stops, it hurts their offense. This team thrives in the open court. The Cavs’ struggle when they’re forced to rely on their halfcourt offense.

Sometimes a Loss Can Be a Win – Most Cavs fans are already on ‘Zion watch.’ Can Cleveland can continue to have luck in the draft lottery and secure the number one pick in 2019? The Bulls had the same 8-25 record entering Sunday’s game. Maybe Chicago's win will help the Cavaliers' in the lottery. It's not fun to think like that, but this team is injured and limping into the New Year.