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PBT Extra Christmas Day preview: Can struggling Bulls slow Thunder?

The Chicago Bulls are a team in search of an identity. And a leader. And a rotation that fits their new coach’s style. They have dropped three straight and have won just four of their last 10.

Now on Christmas Day, they travel to face an Oklahoma City team that has found it’s identity lately — a whole lot of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It’s the game I break down in this PBT Extra.

Billy Donovan didn’t come into the Thunder and try to try to establish his standing with force; there was no “here is the new system we are going to run and it’s nothing like what we had before.” He tried to ease the transition — while the Thunder still run isolation sets they run less, and they pick their spots (ends of games). It’s the opposite of Bulls head coach Billy Donovan, who tried to put in his new system and had the players walk it back some on him, because it’s not a fit with the roster.

The Bulls have played better against better teams, but they are winning with defense and are without Joakim Noah for this game. That doesn’t bode well for them.