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Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Injury Report, Preview, and Open Thread

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Beat a good team please

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (20-38) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (35-22)

7:00 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago

Injury Report:

Same as last game, with nobody returning even though it’s technically “after the All-Star break”. There are 4 days off after this game and it’s a minor-league contest against the Knicks, so maybe they’re just targeting then?

So it’s the 9-man rotation of LaVine, Satoransky, ThadYoung, Gafford, Arcidiacono, Coby, Shaq, Felicio, Adam Mokoka.

Thunder injury sheet is clean.

The Last Time:

The Bulls were oh so close to getting a quality win.

But then, they forgot to guard Chris Paul. The veteran point guard canned five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Bulls 19-point halftime advantage evaporated.

The Bulls fell 109-106, another game on the list of ones they should have and could have won. Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White took a picture with Paul after the game and got roasted on Twitter for it.

Preview:

Two nights ago, the Chicago Bulls released themselves from the shackles of an eight-game losing streak with a 126-117 win against the Washington Wizards. It was one of their more complete efforts of the season.

Now, it’s about carrying over that momentum across multiple games something they haven’t been super good at this season thus far. The Bulls have only three winning streaks this year, and on all of those occasions the fun ended after two victories.

Bulls scoring guard Coby White has had much more success than his team with the whole carrying over momentum thing at least as of late. The rookie from North Carolina has back-to-back games on back-to-back nights of 33 points which represents a career high for him.

Despite the production, he’s still waiting for his first start of the season which still hasn’t come despite a litany of injuries which has reduced the Bulls to starting Ryan Arcidiacono.

Is tonight the night that head coach Jim Boylen finally relents and gives Coby the start?

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been the surprise of the season so far. They are right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race with 35 wins to just 22 losses.

The resurgence of 34-year-old point guard Chris Paul has helped. So has the rise of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who is one of the best young point guards in the Association who you didn’t realize is as good as he is because Trae Young and Luka Doncic dominate all the young point guard headlines.

Steven Adams continues to be as steady as they come, averaging nearly a double-double this season. Whether he matches up with Daniel Gafford, Thaddeus Young, or Cristiano Felicio, the Bulls will have their work cut out for them trying to defend him tonight.

Dennis Schroder, who is only 26 years old even though it feels like he’s been in the league for a million years, has found a home in Oklahoma City. He’s averaging 22 points per 36 minutes this season.

As we’ve lamented all season: beating Bradley Beal 1-on-5 the other night, which is basically what the Wizards are relegated to at this point, is one thing. Getting a quality win against a quality opponent is another. All season, the Bulls have feasted on the krill of the league while the best teams have consistently had their way with this young Bulls squad.

Can this trend finally change?