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GameDay Preview: Game 5 vs. Chicago Bulls

Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET
Iman Shumpert
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Game Summary

After winning 86-84 on Sunday afternoon, the Cavaliers will look to gain a 3-2 lead in their series against the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Over the last three games of this series, Cleveland has held Chicago to an average of 91.3 points on .380 (98-258) shooting from the field. In Game 4, Cleveland limited the Bulls to 84 points on an opponent postseason-low 32-89 (.360) shooting, including 56 points on 20-66 (.303) shooting over the final three quarters. In the 2015 Playoffs, Cleveland is allowing the 2nd-lowest opponent field goal percentage (.414), while ranking 1st among all 16 playoff teams in blocks per game (7.0) and 3rd in opponent points per game (94.0).

In Game 4 against Chicago, Cleveland shot 23-24 (.958) from the foul line, which ties their highest free throw percentage with at least 20 attempts in franchise playoff history (also 23-24, .958 FT% vs. Detroit on April 26, 2009). In the playoffs, the Cavs are shooting .806 from the free throw line (2nd among teams currently in the playoffs), including 41-43 (.953) in the last two games.

In Game 4, Derrick Rose (31 points) and Jimmy Butler (19 points) combined for 50 of Chicago’s 84 points. It was Rose’s second consecutive playoff game with 30 or more points.

Butler and Rose are leading the Bulls in scoring during this postseason with 22.6 and 21.4 points, respectively.


Game Info
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Probable Starters/Status Update*
presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Iman Shumpert, SF - LeBron James
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Timofey Mozgov

Status Update: Anderson Varejao, (Left Achilles Tendon Rupture, Out), Kevin Love, (Left Shoulder Dislocation, Out)

Bulls: PG - Derrick Rose, SG - Jimmy Butler, SF - Mike Dunleavy
PF - Pau Gasol, C - Joakim Noah

Status Update: (Bulls) - Pau Gasol, (Left Hamstring Strain, Questionable)


Head-to-Head Matchup

LeBron James, who hit his 3rd career game-winning playoff buzzer-beater in Game 4 on Sunday, has recorded a double-double in five of the last six playoff games. This postseason, he is leading the Cavs in points (26.5, 4th in NBA), rebounds (10.1, 11th), assists (7.8, 4th) and steals (2.0, tied-6th) to go along with 1.4 blocks (16th). James is averaging a near triple-double in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Chicago with 26.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 40.8 minutes per game.

In Game 4, J.R. Smith shot perfect from the field in the fourth quarter for 11 points (4-4 FG, 3-3 3FG) and finished with 13 points and three rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. In two games since returning, Smith has scored 20 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter.


Where to Catch the Action

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TV: TNT, Radio: WTAM 1100, 87.7 FM La Mega

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For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike, @chones22, @FSOAllieOop and @ElalcaldeRafa on Twitter.


On Deck

After tonight's game, the Wine and Gold travel back to the Windy City for Game 6 on Thursday at the United Center. Tipoff is at 8:00 p.m. ET. View Series Schedule

Slow-Mo Recap: Game 5 vs. Chicago - May 12

CavsTV relives Tuesday's Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals through the lens of a slow-mo camera.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls - May 12, 2015

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Slow-Mo Recap: Game 5 vs. Chicago - May 12

CavsTV relives Tuesday's Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals through the lens of a slow-mo camera.
May 13, 2015  |  02:31

Postgame: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving - May 12

Cavaliers forward LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving spoke with the media following Tuesday's 106-101 victory in Game 5.
May 12, 2015  |  16:01

Postgame: Matthew Dellavedova - May 12

Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova spoke with the media following Tuesday's 106-101 victory in Game 5.
May 12, 2015  |  02:34

Postgame: Tristan Thompson - May 12

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Tuesday's 106-101 victory in Game 5.
May 12, 2015  |  03:31

Bulls vs. Cavaliers - May 12

LeBron James 38 points, 12 rebounds and six assists leads the Cavs to a 3-2 series lead versus the Bulls, 106-101.
May 12, 2015  |  03:37

Postgame: Coach Blatt - May 12

Cavaliers Head Coach David Blatt spoke with the media following Tuesday's 106-101 victory in Game 5.
May 12, 2015  |  12:43

On-Court LeBron James Postgame - May 12

Rachel Nichols interviews LeBron James after Game 5.
May 12, 2015  |  01:28

Rejected By LeBron - May 12

LeBron James runs the court to save two points with an important block.
May 12, 2015  |  00:27

James To Thompson - May 12

LeBron James drives and finds Tristan Thompson on the baseline for the slam.
May 12, 2015  |  00:25

Play of the Day: Kyrie Irving - May 12

Kyrie Irving weaves his way through the defense and finishes with the right-handed scoop layup.
May 12, 2015  |  00:32

Block of the Night: LeBron James - May 12

LeBron James runs the court to save two points with an important block.
May 12, 2015  |  00:34

Nightly Notable: LeBron James - May 12

LeBron James leads Cleveland to victory behind his 38 point game.
May 12, 2015  |  01:32

Steal of the Night: LeBron James - May 12

LeBron James jumps the passing lane for the steal and slams it home on the other end.
May 12, 2015  |  00:27

Delly Feeds Thompson - May 12

Matthew Dellavedova feeds Tristan Thompson on the high handoff.
May 12, 2015  |  00:14

Thompson Alley-Oop And-One - May 12

Tristan Thompson throws down the two-handed alley-oop, plus the foul.
May 12, 2015  |  00:13

LeBron High Off The Glass - May 12

LeBron James gets his defender deep into the post and hits the bank shot for two.
May 12, 2015  |  00:22

Joe Thomas Pumps Up The Q Crowd - May 12

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas gets The Q crowd pumped up during a timeout in Game 5 against the Bulls at The Q.
May 12, 2015  |  00:36

Irving Leads The Break - May 12

Kyrie Irving picks up the deflection, pushes the pace and finishes with a layup.
May 12, 2015  |  00:35

Shumpert Drives For Two - May 12

Iman Shumpert takes the pass from LeBron James and drives past his defender for the scoop shot off the glass.
May 12, 2015  |  00:33

Smith Swats It Aside - May 12

J.R. Smith swats the shot attempt into the stands.
May 12, 2015  |  00:24

Irving With The Scoop - May 12

Kyrie Irving weaves his way through the defense and finishes with the right-handed scoop layup.
May 12, 2015  |  00:25

J.R. Smith Slam Down the Lane - May 12

J.R. Smith splits the defense and goes down the lane for the two-handed flush.
May 12, 2015  |  00:14

LeBron Reverse Layin - May 12

LeBron James takes the pass from Matthew Dellavedova and goes up and under for the reverse layin.
May 12, 2015  |  00:29

Kyridiculous Bucket - May 12

Kyrie Irving wows the crowd with an acrobatic layup inside.
May 12, 2015  |  00:14

LeBron Steal and Slam - May 12

LeBron James jumps the passing lane and takes it down the other end for a soaring slam.
May 12, 2015  |  00:13

Shootaround: Timofey Mozgov - May 12

Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov spoke to the media following Tuesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
May 12, 2015  |  03:14

Shootaround: LeBron James - May 12

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke to the media following Tuesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
May 12, 2015  |  06:44

CavsTV Previews Game 5 vs. Chicago

CavsTV previews Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls with Fred McLeod, John Michael and Rafael Hernandez Brito.
May 12, 2015  |  11:11

CavsTV Hype Video for Game 5 vs. Chicago

CavsTV and KeyBank get you ready for Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup against the Chicago Bulls.
May 12, 2015  |  00:39

Practice: LeBron James - May 11

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
May 11, 2015  |  08:01
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