Arguably the two best teams in the east, Cleveland and Chicago would have to meet in the conference semi-finals. The Chicago Bulls are no strangers to season-ending injuries. Their All-Star guard Derrick Rose has had a slew of them and has missed a total of 203 games between 2011-14. He even suffered a torn right meniscus earlier this year that led him to miss 20 games. Rose made his return on April 8th, making the Bulls a very scary team.
2015 NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Sean and I attended game one together with one of his customers and a co-worker. Four of us? Yep! Every once in a while, Steve will forward me an email with the opportunity to buy tickets for family and friends. For game one, he had the chance to buy 4 SUITE tickets inclusive of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for $100 apiece. I wasn't interested, but Sean thought it would be a great way to entertain his customer in town from Buffalo, so he bit the bullet and bought all four. I was not going to complain!
Our friends Kevin and Lisa very happily claimed my two tickets and all six of us were going to game one. Very cool. Dinner started at Zocalo Mexican Grill & Tequileria on East 4th Street where we enjoyed tacos and margaritas.
Soon enough, we made it to our fancy suite just in time for intros and we were filled with a lot of nervous excitement. The suite was nicely appointed with nachos, chips, popcorns, soft pretzels, cookies, water, soda...and most importantly, a bathroom! There were 8 other people in the suite with us who all took advantage of the Cavs "friends and family" discount.
You could have alcohol and other food delivered to the suite for an additional cost, including this $480 drink package. Haha. We passed.
In the end, the Cavs fell 99-92 and down 0-1 in the series. Kyrie finished with 30 points, while Iman Shumpert had 22. Sure, LeBron got his stats with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists, but he also had 6 turnovers. He cannot be our third-leading scoring and he needs 25+ points per game for us to win this series. Rose finished with 25, Gasol 21 and Butler 20 to lead the Bulls. As a team, Chicago shot 50 FG% and 56% (3-pt) while the Cavs shot 42 FG% and 27% (3-pt). With J.R. and Love still out for game 2, they'll have to do a lot better than that.
Free gold "All-In" t-shirts and the Cavs fall 99-92
Still 4 down and 12 to go
Game Four @ Chicago – May 10, 2015