Chicago Bulls @ Oklahoma City Thunder, 7:00 PM CSN-Chicago

The Bulls are riding a three-game winning streak in which Derrick Rose is averaging 26.3 points a game, and next on the list is Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant, averaging 29.3 points a game for the season, will be a tough cover for Luol Deng, who will do his best on their deep wing positions.

Luckily, Deng will get help from newly-acquired Devin Brown. The 6'5 shooting guard started 37 times for the New Orleans Hornets, and will add depth to the Bulls back-court.

Taj Gibson, who has just been selected to participate in the rookie challenge along with teammate Derrick Rose, will match up against the quicker Jeff Green, who can take his game outside as well as inside. Oklahoma is a young team, which the Bulls have to remember considering their three latest victories came against teams with much older core players.

Chicago will see former Bull Thabo Sefolosha tonight, as he starts for the home team and has been for the entire year. Sefolosha averages roughly 30 minutes a night, but scores just 5.8 points a night, and is used primarily as a defensive player.

Point guard Russell Westbrook is often compared to Derrick Rose, and will face the reigning Rookie Of the Year head on, in the midst of his strongest stretch of his pro basketball career. Westbrook struggles with his shot, and has a TS% of just .478%.

The Bulls have had strong offensive outings in their last three games, and will hope to continue the trend tonight, as they face a team who can turn it on the engine any given night. Bulls center Joakim Noah played at San Antonio after sitting against Houston, and he is going to play a big role for the Bulls tonight. Chicago will also look to get more spacing from gaining Devin Brown, and could put out a line-up of Hinrich, Brown and Salmons for small stretches to spread the floor.

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  • If the Bulls beat OKC and the Heat lose to the Raptors in Toronto, there would be 4 teams in the East with 22 losses.

    - Chicago
    - Miami
    - Toronto
    - Charlotte

    That 5th seed is right there for the taking. Another minor move could get it done.

    As far as this game goes, I would imagine that Rose will have to play like an All-Star for the Bulls to win. OKC has suffered a coule of heartbreaking losses lately, so it will be interesting to see where their heads are at tonight.

    I hope the Bulls play tough for 48 minutes and get this victory.

  • all good things must come to an end and that is tonight. Sorry I just am a pessimist. The Thunder have lost the past two games both on last second misses by KD (one was a block by LBJ). Last time we played Harden killed us with his 3pt shooting. We need to force Westbrook to have to make plays while under derest so he turns the ball over and we need to put Deng on Durant so his long arms can cause an issue.

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Oops....care to revise your statements?

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    Toronto - 22 losses
    Miami - 22 losses
    Chicago - 22 losses
    Charlotte - 22 losses

    The 5th seed is RIGHT THERE for the taking...go get boys!!!

  • In reply to Newskoolbulls:

    oh my what a win. 4 wins in a row and on the road to boot. Everyone was great tonight, from Rose to Tyrus etc.

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    Mentally, I'm looking past this game tonight. The Bulls just don't match up that well with OKC. But Charlotte is very winnable especially since we just snaked their backup guard. We might have just bought a W for the cost of Aaron Gray!

  • Ya im thinking the same thing tonight. OKC has a very good young team. We beat them there last year but Im not to sure about tonight. Like the other poster said Rose needs to play like a All Star to win tonight.

  • Ill be watching Devin Brown tonight.....

    But if we lose we can blame it on the haunted hotel.

  • Brown is solid...he can hit the open j and attack the hoop at times. He D is pretty solid too. He always wears his headband...he is going to have to get use to not wearing it in Chicago though. Bulls dont allow it. lol

  • Yeah scratch my last post cause VDN just said Devin Brown won't play until he gets used to "the system" or if they get into deep foul trouble tonight. According to Bulls.com

    Also Taj said his bathroom door closed last night by itself and the A/C/Heater wasn't on.....if taj has a bad game blame it on the ghost closing that bathroom door.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    damnit...wanted to see dude play. knew he wasn't acclimated to the system but thought they would throw him in for a few minutes here and there.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    1st quarter n the refs already suck....but T times' Block was sick!!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    It seems like VDN is pretty careful with his substitions. He only trusts certain guys.. Brown isn't in his circle of trust yet. I'd imagine he'll want to see him in practice and try to find a good time to put him in. Afterall, Vinny's job was up in the air just a few weeks ago. He wants every win he can get, and lately, two points is the difference in disappointment or satisfaction.

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    Good game tonight by the bulls....i was a little pessimistic going into tonights matchup but the bulls came out strong in the begining and didnt slow down....they came out flat in the 3rd quarter but their defense kept them in it....4th they turned up the energy again and derrick took over including that sweet cross n up n under against thabo n that nasty two handed slam at the end!!!...brad n ty were nice off the bench...taj played well on the boards...all in all i am proud of the way they played tonight n hope they continue their win streak....hopefully this type of play doesnt end anytime soon....and derrick gets himself an allstar spot!!!

  • In reply to joeacook3:

    The SCHIZO Bulls are on FIYA!!!

    Nice win.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    *rubs eyes* am i seeing this correctly?? a mr. happy post with no pessimistic remarks??? is he really *gulp*, happy?

  • In reply to djphillie:

    Im sure he'll tell us about how Johnson sucks soon enough

  • In reply to djphillie:

    From Sam Smiths blog: Brown is one of the few players who wears a headband, which the Bulls don

  • In reply to djphillie:

    To paraphrase Fred Pfeiffer, If Ben Gordon was here, we'd be the 3rd seed!

  • In reply to djphillie:

    bulls should look to trade with toronto...but it shouldnt even be for bosh...it should be for bargnani..then ship hinrich for miller..

    rose
    wade
    miller
    bargnani
    noah

    hinrich, 2nd round & cash for miller
    ^ so we could get rid of hinrichs long term..and bring in a 3 point shooter who plays tough d, has size and does the dirty work

    tyrus,salmons, a second round and cash again for
    bargnani and marcus banks
    we take on banks contract and bargnanis long term for skilled players with shorter contracts,money and a draft pick..

    i would love to see the bulls trade for bargnani..his biggest weakness is noahs best strength..and noahs biggest weakness is his best strength..a trio of bargnani,noah and gibson is really good..given that bargnani could become a 20 point scorer and rose plays better with a pick and pop guy because he likes to attack the basket..the court gets spaced finally..and even if we cant land anyone in 2010..a team with rose,miller,deng,bargnani,and joakim is a safe way until melo and co. come out the following year..because we can still put alot of depth into our team and be really young with nearly all of the top teams in the league getting really old..

    rose slasher
    miller shooter
    deng slasher
    bargnani shooter
    noah garbage buckets
    just for one year until another free agent class come out..our team would be one piece away..instead of now..where we might need 2..

    a really deep team is all we need..
    a really good coach.. and hope to get a super 6th man..
    rose & bargnani can become all stars one day..and fit perfectly because of the inside outside game and bargnanis ability to play the pick..which is why calderon gets so many assists..

    avery johnson or byron scott..we need defense to help rose and bargnani take that next level...these guys can score the ball already..and defenses have a harder time stopping andrea because his length and shooting range for a big..add that with the way rose has been playing...smh....rose is ahead of cp and dwill..mark that down and look at the stats and film..rose will be elite..so stop hating...you know he's goina be special

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