Fast-Break Preview: Chicago Bulls versus Oklahoma City Thunder (Nov. 5)

Game 6: Chicago Bulls (3-2) versus Oklahoma City Thunder (3-2)


Location: United Center – Chicago
Time: 7:00 p.m. central


Quick Take

Both the Bulls and the Thunder are coming off losses and have identical records. This will be the Bulls’ first matchup against a Western Conference team this regular season.


Matchup of the Game

Jimmy Butler versus Kevin Durant
Butler and Durant are the leading scorers, good defenders and, arguably, the stars of of their respective teams, so it should be a good matchup on both ends of the court. This is especially so when considering the offensive improvements Butler has made.
Butler is also lauded as Chicago’s top perimeter defender — maybe even their best defender in general — so it will be his duty to slow down Durant.


Looking Back

The Bulls last played Tuesday night and took a 130-105 loss from the Charlotte Hornets. To put it simply, the effort — particularly that on the defensive end — was absent, and the Bulls knew it. Per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, head coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday’s loss was, “ugly from start to finish.” Butler guaranteed things will be better for them Thursday night, though.

The Thunder will be completing a back-to-back Thursday night when they face the Bulls. On Wednesday night, the Thunder took on the Toronto Raptors and took a 103-98 loss.


Who’s Out

Kirk Hinrich missed the Bulls last two games with a toe issue, and he will remain out for the game against the Thunder.


60’s Night

The Bulls have dubbed Thursday night’s game as “60’s Night,” and, to celebrate the event, their players will be sporting Hardwood Classic jerseys with the cursive “Chicago” name featured on the front of the jersey.


Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.


Ashley Wijangco

<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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