Tonight will be a bit of a reunion for Thunder fans. Nate Robinson, who sat on the bench during the Thunder's 2010-2011 campaign, will be the starting point guard for the Bulls. This comes with the news that Kirk Hinrich will be out with an elbow injury. Even though Nate Robinson isn't a true point guard, their weakness at the position hasn't really affected them in terms of distribution. The Bulls are a really good overall passing team, and any loss as a result of turnovers is on all of them, not just one guy. This allows them to be successful with a scoring guard like Derrick Rose.
That being said, I'm hoping that Russell Westbrook can take advantage of his matchup with Nate Robinson. Westbrook has undoubtedly seen Robinson a lot in practice, and it's a huge mismatch in terms of size. Westbrook is one of the leagues biggest and strongest point guards, while Nate Robinson is the NBA's shortest player. Robinson can be effective in terms of steals, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him create turnover problems for Westbrook. But if Westbrook can just take Nate Rob down to the post, it shouldn't be a problem.
The second part of that reunion tonight will be the sighting of Daequan Cook, who signed with the Bulls this January. After going to Houston via the Harden trade, he was cut to make room on their roster. The Bulls promptly signed him, in desperate need of some three point shooting. Cook has been somewhat disappointing and on the fringe of the rotation thus far, so it seems pointless to talk about him. But I do have a point: There's a reason they brought on Cook. Tonight, outside of Nate Robinson and Marco Bellinelli, the Bulls really have no options from three. They're second to last in both threes made and threes attempted.
Thunder See Old Friends in Shorthanded Bulls
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