This was a joke, right? Surely Sunday's Bulls game in Oklahoma City was just one big, elaborate April Fools' Day joke organized by the NBA.
Unfortunately, Bulls fans, you weren't punk'd. But you'd be forgiven if you thought you had tuned in to a Bulls game circa 2003.
The Bulls, without Derrick Rose for the 10th straight game, were blown out by perhaps the NBA's best team in the Oklahoma City Thunder, 92-78.
There were several developments during the course of the game that supported the April Fools' Day theory. Such as ...
The Rip tease
For the second straight game, there were hints that long-injured guard Richard Hamilton would play. He suited up but—psych!—was held out of the game by coach Tom Thibodeau. "I just have to be convinced," Thibodeau said. "It's more me. He thinks he's ready. But I just want to make sure we're smart."
K.K. gets the start
In another surprise coaching move, Thibodeau started sharp-shooting, hot sauce-server Kyle Korver instead of Ronnie Brewer. It was a matchups move to enable Brewer to come off the bench and guard sixth-man-of-the-year candidate James Harden. Did it work? Korver scored 14, but Harden finished with 11 to be the Thunder's third leading scorer.
Omer is a goner
Bulls big man Omer Asik made the highlight reel Sunday. Not in a good way, though. Six-foot-three Thunder guard Russell Westbrook threw down a monster dunk on 7-foot Bulls center Asik as the third quarter wound down to give Oklahoma City a 77-51 lead.
An early White Mamba sighting
Brian Scalabrine checked in to the game with more than 10 minutes left in the game, but not because the Bulls were blowing out the Thunder, of course. No, the Human Victory Cigar doubled as the white towel as the Bulls for all intents and purposes had given up hope of winning.
JL III is No. 1
John Lucas III led the Bulls in scoring wtih 19. Case closed.