By: Malaika Bobino
Oklahoma City, OK – This is the fun part of the season, predicting who will make the playoffs. Teams that are good get better and teams that are bad look forward to the season ending. The Oklahoma City Thunder make it look too easy, they maintain sole possession of the top spot in the Western Conference.
“We come in here focused and ready everyday,” Kevin Durant said.
Today the Thunder defeated the Chicago Bulls 92-78. Presumably the worst loss the Bulls experienced this season. Being without their All-Star guard Derrick Rose, Chicago was unable to stop OKC from embarrassing them on a nationally televised game.
The tandem of Durant and Russell Westbrook reminds you of the dynamic duos of the past. Perfect outside jumpers, crossovers inside to the easy lay-up and high flying dunks are just a few of the things you’ll see watching the Thunder.
The two best teams in the East and West battled it out leaving the Bulls scrambling for answers. Trailing by as much as 30 points, Chicago collapsed giving OKC an advantage should these two teams meet in the Finals. The Thunder wins the tie-breaker if both teams finish with the same record in the regular season.
“We know it’s going to be tough for those guys without Derrick but they’ve been playing very well without him, winning some big games,” said Kevin. “We couldn’t take them lightly.”
Noted for the best defense in the East, the Bulls looked like the number eighth team in the standing than holding the top spot. Despite their loss today, they still own the best record in the NBA. OKC win today puts them one game away from taking that number one spot.
“We played our best defense of the year,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We challenged every pass, challenged every look and every shot. We came out with good energy and toughness and I thought it was important that we do that in this game.”