It's been almost 3 years now, so it's probably time to stop talking about Ben Gordon.
But if you know me very well at all, you know that ain't gonna happen any time soon.
Yes, there were people- in fact, I would say an overwhelming majority of Bulls fans- who were completely PO'd that the Bulls offered Luol Deng more money than Gordon. This was a combination of people vastly over-rating Gordon and people not having enough basketball IQ to see what the Bulls had in Luol Deng.
Of course, today the thought of trading Luol Deng for Ben Gordon is downright laughable, but if you were on the internet in the summers of 2008 and 2009, you know that I speak the truth.
Anyway, the Bulls should win tonight's game easily, even if Rose and Hamilton are still out (as expected). The Pistons are a horrible team, it shocks me that Joe Dumars went from title-winning genius to complete idiot with two moves- wasting max cap space on Gordon and Chuck Villanueva.
But the Pistons' misfortune is the Bulls gain- one less team to compete against as the Pistons suck. Plain and simple, Joe Dumars has single-handedly driven that once-proud franchise right into the ground.
And for those of you who remember the end of Game 4 of the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, it couldn't be happening to a "nicer" team.
Tonight's game notes, courtesy NBA.com/stats:
The Bulls have won 13 straight over Detroit, Chicago’s longest win streak over the Pistons since the Bulls 19 in a row over Detroit in the mid-1990’s
Chicago took the first game of the series on Jan. 4, 99-83
Both Derrick Rose (17 points and 10 assists) and Joakim Noah (13 points and 11 boards) posted double-doubles
In their second meeting, the Bulls defeated the Pistons by 24 points (92-68) at the UC
The last time Detroit defeated Chicago was at the Palace in their first meeting during the 2008- 09 season (12/23/08) behind a 40-point performance from guard Rodney Stuckey
Chicago has also posted 11 straight home wins over the Pistons; Chicago’s last home loss to Detroit occurred on Feb. 24, 2006, a 95-87 Pistons’ win
Chicago has swept the season series with Detroit two years in a row; prior to that, Chicago had not swept the season series with the Pistons since the 1995-96 season, when they went 4-0
In their four games last season Chicago averaged 98.0 ppg, while Detroit posted 90.3 ppg
Over their last 21 contests, Chicago has gone 18-3 against Detroit during the regular season
Last season against Detroit, Derrick Rose averaged 29.5 ppg, 7.3 apg and 6.5 rpg in 40.0 mpg
Former Bull Ben Gordon tallied 9.5 ppg and shot .333 (3-9 3 FG) from downtown in four games last year against the Bulls.
Chicago is the only undefeated team in the NBA (18-0) when it scores 100 or more points in a game. The Bulls are also one of two teams (along with Oklahoma City: 10-8) in the NBA that owns a winning record (8-4) when its opponent scores 100 or more points in a contest.