Game: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls
Time: 7PM CST
Location: United Center, Chicago
Be that as it may, I believe OKC’s challenge this night is the same as on Wednesday. Against a struggling team such as the Bulls, they do themselves an extreme disservice if they forget for too long who they are. They had amnesia for three quarters in Brooklyn, and were it not for a career-kind of night from Paul George, we’d be talking more about all of their flaws rather than PG’s emergence.
There are lots of layers of course, but the baseline building blocks are simple: defend, and don’t take dumb shots. Both of these things strengthen OKC’s chances of winning against just about anyone exponentially, because their strengths lie in their defense, their rebounding, and creating open shots via transition.
Russell Westbrook has been hit or miss, but going against the long-limbed but slight Zach LaVine will be an interesting challenge, as Westbrook won’t have the same physical advantages as he has against smaller defenders. Will he continue to pile up the assists, or will he try to locate his errant shot again?
The answer may be academic, but OKC would do well to avoid the same mishaps as Wednesday night. As fun as it was, let’s not make it a habit against struggling teams.
Who do you think will win tonight?
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