There was something different about the Thunder’s defensive intensity during their 102-72 blowout win over the Bulls Sunday night in Oklahoma City. Not only did they hold Chicago to 72 points on 29.1 percent shooting (NBA season low), they also forced 17 turnovers and finished with nine steals. Although the Bulls happen to be one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA, Scott Brooks was still impressed with his team’s commitment on defense. "Holding a team to 29 percent shooting says a lot about the commitment we had on that end of the floor," Brooks said. "We were able to sustain that energy for 48 minutes tonight and we wanted to be physical. We knew that’s how they (Bulls) wanted to play and we wanted to make sure we didn’t get outplayed in that area." The Thunder’s stellar defensive performance comes off four straight games in which they gave up at least 109 points. Three of the four teams they played during that streak (Utah, Minnesota, Houston) rank near the bottom of the league in opponents’ points per game. The Bulls rank third in that category. The question that should be asked is: does the Thunder step up their intensity level against good defensive teams or do they play down to their opponents during should-be blowout games?
Scott Brooks: "We can't forget about the defensive end"
Published On: Feb 25 2013 04:36:45 PM CST Updated On: Feb 25 2013 04:36:46 PM CST
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