Game 6: Chicago Bulls (3-2) versus Oklahoma City Thunder (3-2)
Location: United Center – Chicago
Time: 7:00 p.m. central
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.
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.
Jimmy Butler, on whether Bulls will have better effort vs. OKC: "I promise you that."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 4, 2015
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.
Kirk Hinrich missed the Bulls last two games with a toe issue, and he will remain out for the game against the Thunder.
Hinrich took injection in toe. Out vs. Thunder. Likely out vs. TWolves on Saturday.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 5, 2015
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.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 4, 2015
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