After getting beaten down by the defending-champion Heat at home Thursday, the Bulls redeemed themselves with a 30-point victory Friday in Charlotte.
Following a day off after the back-to-back games, they’ll take on the other 2012 NBA finalist, the Thunder, who present many of the same problems as Miami.
In the superstar tandem of three-time reigning NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and explosive All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City has perhaps the game’s most dynamic duo, but with athletic shot-blocking power forward Serge Ibaka emerging as more of an offensive threat, sixth man Kevin Martin adding a perimeter scoring option off the bench—though he lacks the playmaking and slashing ability of the departed James Harden, now an elite player in Houston—and defensive-minded role players like center Kendrick Perkins and two former Bulls swingmen Thabo Sefolosha and Ronnie Brewer, the latter of whom was acquired from New York at Thursday’s trade deadline, the Thunder also have depth.
“They’re a lot more than Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. That’s a great team. That’s a team that was in the Finals last year. They’re having a terrific year again this year,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They’ve got a lot of different weapons. They’ve got size, they’ve got quickness. So, we’re going to have to be ready.”
Oklahoma City is still a young team, but having been through playoff battles early in their careers, Westbrook, Durant and their teammates are also experienced, Thibodeau cited.
Bulls understand task at hand vs. Thunder
CSN Chicago | Feb 24