LeBron James showed again that he owns the Bulls. Don’t believe it? Check the team’s Wikipedia page.
Chicago Bulls owner: LeBron James pic.twitter.com/cPXcHy8Y8F
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) May 15, 2015
Okay, you won’t see that there now (and it’s yet another reminder to not to take anything you read on Wikipedia as gospel). But the short-lived edit, made after Game 6 of the Cavaliers-Bulls playoff series, reflected the fact that James is the Human Season-Ender for Chicago.
By helping his Cavs advance to the Eastern Conference finals — his fifth straight appearance in that round, after four in a row with the Heat — James improved his personal postseason record in series against the Bulls to 4-0, including a 16-5 mark in all games played. Some people look at LeBron James and see an unprecedented blend of size, strength and talent. The Bulls look at him and see tee times next week.
Derrick Rose 2010- Lost to Lebron 2011- Lost to Lebron 2012- Out 2013- Out (Lost to Lebron) 2014 – out 2015- Lost to Lebron
— John Ledesma (@JohnnyNBA) May 15, 2015
This loss to James had to be particularly painful for the Bulls, given what a weak supporting cast he had with the Cavs. Already without Kevin Love, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury at the hands of the Celtics in the previous playoff round, James was also deprived of a healthy Kyrie Irving, as the high-scoring guard came into the Bulls series hobbled by foot and knee injuries.
In fact, Irving re-aggravated the knee during Thursday’s Game 6 and sat out the second half. No matter — backup Matthew Dellavedova hit seven of 11 shots and wound up leading the team with 19 points, as Cleveland won easily, 94-73. James’s own shooting was abysmal (7-23), as it had been for most of the series, and it still wasn’t an issue.
One of the few shots that James did hit on Thursday prompted a moment that summed things up in the series. After draining a third-quarter jumper, the Cavs superstar jogged back up court and winked to someone in the crowd — that someone, according to ESPN game analyst Mark Jackson, being Scottie Pippen.
Back in his day, Pippen (with help from a guy named Michael Jordan) went undefeated against Cleveland in playoff series, notching a 5-0 mark. But Cleveland didn’t have James then, and as he was happy to make clear, he doesn’t lose to Chicago.