Chicago Bulls Beat Cleveland Cavaliers: Did Watching ‘Dumb And Dumber’ Help The Bulls?

The Chicago Bulls surprised fans and critics alike on Saturday night when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After an intense fourth quarter, the Chicago Bulls came off on top with 105-102 showing on their home court scoreboard. By doing so, the struggling team snatched the victory away from LeBron James and the Cavaliers to enjoy for themselves.

A question that remains unanswered, though, is: Did Dumb and Dumber help the Chicago Bulls to win against the Cleveland Cavaliers?

According to ESPN, first-year head coach Fred Hoiberg was determined to keep the Chicago Bulls loose and energized going into Saturday’s game.

To do so, he added a special touch of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ 1994 hit movie, Dumb and Dumber, during the team’s film session.

“We watched film. We watched the clip of ‘Dumb and Dumber’ where Jim Carrey says, ‘So you’re telling me there’s a chance.’ “

Coach Hoiberg went on to explain how he was able to essentially turn that Dumb and Dumber movie clip into a motivational lesson for his team.

“You just got to go out there and fight. We’re still in it. That’s got to be our mindset, come out with great urgency, great energy and hopefully we do that. We’re going to have to if we want a chance to be in it at the end of the game.”

In that particular scene of Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd Christmas (played by Jim Carrey) mustered up the courage to have a blunt and honest conversation with the woman of his dreams, Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly). After traveling cross-country to deliver her missing briefcase, he wanted to know what were the chances of the two of them ending up together.

After making it clear that his chances of that happening were “not good,” Lloyd asked if his chances were “not good like 1 out of 100.” Swanson came clean with her honest response of “one out of a million.” Her underlying message should have came across loud and clear to Lloyd Christmas, but he apparently saw things differently — saying “So you’re saying there’s a chance?” with excitement and hope.

Heading into the fourth quarter, things were not looking good for the Chicago Bulls at all. Early in that quarter, the team was actually trailing 84-82.

LeBron James was well on his way to scoring 33 points for the team, but he was working hard on other aspects of his game that night as well. James’ accuracy was very impressive — making 13 out of 17 shots, which included four out of his five 3-point attempts. James was solid on the boards, as well, grabbing seven rebounds throughout the game.

However, the Bulls seemed to get a major boost of energy and focus after rookie Cristiano Felicio dunked the ball in the fourth quarter.

That play was essentially the starting point of a 15-0 run for the team, allowing them to take the lead away from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Keep in mind that many fans and critics thought for sure that the Cleveland Cavaliers would walk away with the win against the Bulls on Saturday. According to SB Nation, the odds were in favor of the Cavaliers beating the Bulls to lock down the Eastern Conference title.

The team’s win against LeBron James and the Cavs may seem like a small drop in the bucket — especially when you consider each team’s respective standings within the Eastern Conference. However, according to ESPN, one thing that the Bulls did accomplish with their win was preventing the Cavaliers from clinching the top spot in the East.

The Chicago Bulls still have a long road ahead of them in order to make it into the playoffs this year. In addition to winning their last two games of the season, they will need the Indiana Pacers to lose their last three games to have a shot. However, like Lloyd Christmas said in Dumb and Dumber, the Chicago Bulls can rest assured in knowing that even with the odds against them, “there’s still a chance.”

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