Five Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Russell Westbrook, Thunder tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Russell Westbrook, Thunder tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. The Russell Westbrook Show. The most exciting player in the NBA - sorry, James Harden - makes his only stop of the year in Chicago tonight. There aren't enough superlatives to use with Westbrook, who's in a two-man race with Harden for this year's MVP award. Thirty-eight games into the year Westbrook is still averaging a triple-double, with 31.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. The Bulls will have to try and limit Westbrook and force him into an inefficient night. There's no stopping the hottest player in the league.

2. More Jimmy Butler, please. The good news for the Bulls is they have someone playing just as well as Westbrook. After his 42-point explosion in the Bulls' comeback win over the Raptors on Friday, Butler is now averaging a whopping 34.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in his last six games. He's entered the MVP discussion, and for good reason. OKC will counter Butler with solid defenders in Victor Oladipo and Andre Roberson, but No. 21 is going to get his.

3. Taking advantage of road woes. Oklahoma City has lost four on the road, though the competition has been stiff in Milwaukee, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis. But the Bulls have also won four of five at the United Center and have a good chance to keep that moving.

4. Victor Oladipo. The Thunder shooting guard has struggled since his return from a wrist injury, shooting just 41 percent on 15 attempts per game. As good as Westbrook is, Oklahoma City is still struggling with consistency and efficiency. Oladipo getting to the rim more should help this. It makes them that much better and helps out an already-solid defense.

5. Dunk contest. There's a special dunk contest at halftime at the UC for those in attendance, hosted by CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer and Leila Rahimi. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Vincent Goodwill and ESPN's Nick Friedell serve as the judges. A highlight of the contest will be shown during the TV broadcast. It's also Rajon Rondo Bobblehead Night at the United Center.

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Could the Bulls go after Chris Bosh for next season?

Could the Bulls go after Chris Bosh for next season?

The basketball world woke up Friday morning to a report from ESPN senior writer Marc Stein saying the Bulls may go after Chris Bosh for the 2017-18 NBA season.

It's surprising and intriguing for multiple reasons: 

1) Bosh was believed to have played his last days in the NBA due to blod clot issues.

2) The Bulls are at something of a franchise crossroads, sitting as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference following Thursday's games and still determining what the right step is for the near future and the long term. 

3) Bosh will be 33 in March and hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly a year (last appeared with the Heat Feb. 9, 2016).

But Stein said the Heat are not planning on waiving Bosh before March 1, so he wouldn't be eligible to join the roster of a playoff contender.

Stein then says: If Bosh does return to the hardwood, "word is that the Chicago Bulls are already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line to try to sign him."

Bosh is an 11-time All-Star who has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game throughout his career. He helped the Heat win several titles as part of the Big Three with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

Bosh was also just in Chicago visiting Wade earlier this month:

Could he form another Big Three with Wade and Jimmy Butler, this time in Chicago?

It's worth noting Wade just turned 35 earlier this week and will be in his 14th NBA season next year.

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