Bulls-Thunder: Three Takeaways From a Bounce-Back Showing

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3. Doug McDermott started? Doug McDermott started.

This happened.

And, it didn’t get off to a hot start.

Doug McDermott had a relatively quiet night at the office with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting, but the biggest thing about McDermott was that he made his first NBA start on Thursday.

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The result?

Oklahoma City jumped out to a 17-8 lead. It wasn’t McDermott’s fault completely. The Bulls got off to a sluggish start on both ends of the floor and Serge Ibaka was boiling-lava hot for the Thunder.

The thing to take away from this is that Fred Hoiberg will not be scared to change things up this season and beyond. Nothing set in stone for the Bulls in terms of the rotation. It’s been mentioned since he was hired in June that Hoiberg would change things up, and that’s exactly what he did on Thursday.

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As for Tony Snell, he scored five points and grabbed five rebounds in 10:44 of game action. The move was curious, as Snell’s a better defender, but the Bulls found a way to hold the Thunder under 100 points after being torched by Charlotte on Tuesday.