By Shayden Smith
So the Oklahoma City Thunder visited the Chicago Bulls Monday night to take on the crazy duo of Jimmy Buckets and Dwayne Wade, but forget about that. The real thing we should be talking about is where on this crazy triple-double filled universe was Derrick Rose? Rose didn’t show up to the Knicks home game Monday night versus the Pelicans… and no one knew where he was. I’m sure there was a good reason for his absence and teammate Joakim Noah said that Rose was okay, but I like to think he was in New Orleans wondering where everyone was and just doesn’t want to admit it. I don’t care what anyone says, that’s funny. Anyway, the Thunder versus the Bulls, who came out victorious?
This game had the potential to be one of the best games of the year this far into the season, but Thunder defense wasn’t having that. The Thunder allowed Jimmy Butler to score only one point off zero of six shooting. Shutting down a young super-star who is averaging 25 points per game is one of the most impressive things I’ve seen. Every player for the Thunder played fantastic defense, from Russell Westbrook to Alex Abrines. Yes, Abrines played lock down defense. Greatest player ever alert? I think so.
Westbrook had another stat stuffer night with 21 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds. Westbrook has never had a triple-double against the Bulls. Part of me thinks he didn’t get that final rebound on purpose. He has to make the game of basketball a challenge somehow.
Westbrook wasn’t the only player Monday night for the Thunder who scored 20 points. The stache bros both had excellent games. Steven Adams ended the night with a team-high 22 points off 11 of 14 shooting. Enes Kanter had 20 points off nine of 11 and 11 boards. When the stache bros are clicking, then the whole team is. Both of their games have taken a huge jump this season. Adams is taking the ball off the dribble and getting to the line more, and Kanter’s passing gives me hope for not just the future of the Thunder franchise, but for life itself.
The Thunder came into Chicago looking to shut down super-stars Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade. Although Wade had 22 points, with no Butler contributions the Bulls could not withstand the Thunder. OKC takes the win 109 – 94.