The score after three quarters of Sunday’s showdown between the East’s top team and the West’s top team: Chicago Bulls 51, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook 53.
Now, I know. I know. The Bulls were again without Derrick Rose. That’s important to keep in mind. But here we are having watched the Thunder beat the Heat by 16, the Lakers by nine in L.A. and now the Bulls by 14. And guess what month it is: April. When you want to start playing your best basketball. When you want to start putting the pieces together in preparation for the postseason.
I’d say the Thunder are doing that.
The Thunder led the Bulls wire to wire, leading by as much as 30. The first half was crisp with OKC holding the Bulls to only 35.6 percent shooting while the Thunder got pretty much what they wanted against the vaunted Chicago defense. Tom Thibodeau was clearly frustrated with his team right before the half, so it was expected that the Bulls would come out of the locker room focused and ready. Except the Thunder started on an 8-2 run, went up by 16 and basically finished Chicago straight away. Keep Reading…