Bulls Vs. Thunder: Chicago Eager To Take On The Top Western Conference Team

According to CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam, the Chicago Bulls appear to be anticipating Sunday night's matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder just as much as the fans. Bulls C Joakim Noah made no illusions about his feelings going into the contest:

"It's a big game, it's going to be exciting and we want to play against the best," said Joakim Noah. "They're a great team, we're a great team. Let's get it popping."

Meanwhile, the Bulls head coach, Tom Thibodeau, also spoke with the media and had little but praise for the Western Conference's best team:

Coach Thibs mostly kept to platitudes, but spoke on some specific gameplan issues as well:

"You've just to try to make them work for their points. They're going to score. We've got make them play in a crowd. Try to get our defense set; we've got to rebound the ball; we've got to challenge the shots... We have to have the determination to make them work."

All-Star SF Luol Deng echoed the coach's sentiments, emphasizing the Thunder's talents:

"They're a very good team. Even last night when I watched them, they played great. They've got so many weapons. Their big guys are really good defensively, block shots. It's going to take a total team effort, but we're going to go out there, play hard and try to win," said [Deng]...

The marquee game begins at 12:00 p.m. CDT this Sunday.

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