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This game carries the most weight when you talk about potential NBA Finals matchups.
The Bulls and the Thunder are tops whenever the topic of best young NBA teams is discussed.
Right off the bat, the starkest contrast is that even though the core of each team is anchored by youthful prodigies, their styles couldn’t be any more different.
Because of Thibodeau, the Bulls still embody the old school tough, defensive approach to the game.
Oklahoma City loves to run their opponents with their energetic, youthful legs because, let’s face it, hardly anyone can keep up.
The one-on-one matchups here are salivating for even the most casual NBA fan.
At the point guard position is Derrick Rose versus Russell Westbrook.
Despite averaging 23.5 points per game, the most of any point guard this season, analysts would still hesitate putting Westbrook in the same class as Rose.
Still, it’s hard to deny just how similar these stars are from their build down to their style of play.
At the small forward position is Luol Deng versus Kevin Durant.
Deng is the Bulls best perimeter defender, and he will be guarding the league’s best perimeter offensive player in Durant.
Keep in mind that even though Deng battles the likes of LeBron James several times a season, he does not have much experience covering someone as long as Durant.
Even the matchups outside of the superstar players are worth looking forward to when you consider the offensive presence of Carlos Boozer matching up with the defensive-minded Serge Ibaka or the rekindling of old Eastern Conference foes Joakim Noah and Kendrick Perkins.
This game is going to test the Bulls all the way to the limit.
Will they stick with their usual game plan and try to grind the Thunder with their smothering defense, or will they attempt to run with the young guns of Oklahoma City?
It is going to be very interesting to see how Thibodeau prepares for this one.
Bulls fans will definitely have to savor this game because it is the only match against the Thunder all season unless both teams find themselves facing each other again in the 2012 NBA Finals.