NBA Playoffs Preview: Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder Look For 2-2 Series Tie

Looking at the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s plain to see some similarities and a few differences, but the common denominator between both is that Monday is undoubtedly the biggest day of their season so far.

Both of these teams are in the hole 1-2 and despite both teams capturing Game 1, the tides have not turned in their favors. Either way, the Thunder look lost without their All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook–who was ruled out of the 2013 postseason with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. Surely, the Bulls know the feeling of not having your best player on the court as Derrick Rose is the reigning MVP and has not played all year.

With all of the comparisons aside, the Bulls are running into a buzz saw with the Miami Heat rattling off two-straight wins. Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies are slowly becoming one of the darling teams in the NBA considering their commitment to defense and uncanny chemistry. Not to mention the Thunder will play Game 4 in the Fedex Forum where the Grizzlies have yet to lose a game this postseason.

Kevin Durant is a one show pony for the Thunder and if Kevin Martin has another six-point game like he did in Game 2 then Oklahoma City is doomed. Although Martin deserves some blame, the finger must be pointed firmly at Serge Ibaka–who has looked like a Developmental League player in this series.

Of course, the Heat and LeBron James appear stronger than ever and the actions of Nazr Mohammed in this game will be incredibly interesting considering the infamous shove that he threw in Game 3.