I know I should be telling you to simmer down, reminding you that the Thunder's 92-78 pasting of the Bulls is a bit of an aberration that Chicago is a shell of itself without Derrick Rose, that back-to-back Sunday victories against the Beasts of the East doesn't automatically deliver the NBA title to Oklahoma City.
But I can't do it. I can't tamp down the excitement.
This Thunder team is the best in the NBA.
Go crazy, folks. Go crazy.
“There's not much that they don't have,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, a tell-it-like-it-is guy who's not prone to hyperbole. “They play hard, unselfishly, smart.
“They are tough.”
And getting tougher by the minute.
This is a team that started the season as one of the league's best teams, but this wire-to-wire victory against the Bulls was a reminder that the Thunder continues to improve. And I'm not talking about offense or defense, though both of them were darn impressive Sunday.
Shooting 48.6 percent against the defensive-minded Bulls?
Holding the team with the league's best record to 78 points?
Building a second-half lead as big as 30 points?
I don't care if Rose was sidelined with an injured groin. He's been sidelined for 19 other games this season, and the Bulls were 14-5 in those games.
These Bulls are not a horrible team without Rose. Not a championship contender but not a bunch of chumps, either.
And the Thunder ran them out of the gym.
The Boys in Blue did it with a third-quarter surge the likes of which we've seen more and more of lately, a step-on-their-throats mentality that is the latest sign of growth on this squad.
The Thunder had a nice 10-point lead at halftime, but in less than six minutes, that lead had ballooned to 25 points. It was as good a stretch as you'll see in the NBA.
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