Bulls vs Pistons 3/30/12: Game Preview, Game Notes, Ben Gordon Returns Again, Dumars' Failures

Bulls vs Pistons 3/30/12: Game Preview, Game Notes, Ben Gordon Returns Again, Dumars' Failures
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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.

 

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  • Don

    Detroit has some talent. They appear to have drafted well. Daye, Jerebko, Knight, Macklin and Monroe give them some hope going forward.

    The part that's a head scratcher about BG and Villanueva is that each has a player option for 13-14. BG is more productive even though he makes about $4mm more the Villaneueva. It wouldn't be a surprise if Detroit uses their amnesty on him.

    The Bulls end March 7-3 at home, 6-0 on the road, the last 9 of those without DRose (7-2). Amazing.

    I fear a train wreck today, even with Rip playing.

    A friend of mine told me he fears a matchup with the Knicks. I don't - not in a 7 game series. And that was before Lin got hurt.

    The Bulls have a 3.5 game lead over Miami; Miami has 3 games in hand and 2 left against the Bulls. I don't bring DRose back until the home game vs NY on the 12th.

    Deng played an insane 45 minutes Friday ... yeesh. First game in quite some time he drove to the basked with his right hand. Teams had been taking that away from him.

  • MoneyBoy you were 100% right about today's train wreck, really it's probably been overdue as well as the team has been playing without Rose.

    And still, if the Bulls don't miss dozens of wide-open shots, they might be in this game past the midway point of the 3rd quarter.

    I'm not so sure about Detroit's talent, I have to like Knight cuz he's a Wildcat (even if they only stay for one year nowadays). I really like Monroe's game, I think he could be an all-star caliber player if he keeps working hard.

    Jerebko and Daye- good solid bench guys at best IMHO. But I could certainly be wrong, Euro's often take a few years to adjust to the NBA game vs the International game (although that is lessening as time goes on and the rules become more homogenized between the NBA and Europe).

    I havent' really paid any attention to Macklin so I can't comment on him.

  • Don .... Some random Bulls thoughts ...

    Brewer and Watson can't make a jump shot, JL3 takes too many early shots and has been exposed on the trap, Asik is getting punked by the refs. And they look tired - or something. They got lucky with a couple of their recent wins. The defense has been shaky at best.

    That said - their road record is a league best at 21-7; OKC at 17-8 and SA at 16-10 are the only ones close. BOS, PHI, MEM, LAL, and LAC all have losing road records and either lead or are near the top of their divisions.

    Their conference record is remarkable - 31-7. OKC's 30 might be more impressive, considering the overall strength of the conference. MIA has 29.

    I pray that DRose is healthy ... because there is no point in bringing him back if he's not. Deng's sacrifice will have, essentially, been for naught.

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