Chicago Bulls @ Detroit Pistons, 2:00 PM CSN-Chicago

For the second time this season, the Bulls will go up against former Bull Ben Gordon and his Detroit Pistons. The Bulls won the first game at the United Center, and will look to hand Detroit their ninth straight loss. Something that has not happened since 1993.

Derrick Rose had a brilliant game against the Indiana Pacers, as he scored 28 points, pulled down 5 rebounds and handed out 6 assists. Rose also had eight free throw attempts. The downside was the six turnovers, something that has become a problem for the point guard this season.

The Pistons have a strong cast of role players, but have yet to get their chemistry on track. Former Bull Ben Wallace has regained some of the strenghts that turned him into a four-time defensive player of the year, as he's currently averaging 9.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1 block in 30 minutes of play a night. Rookie forward Jonas Jerebko has been a pleasent surprise for the Pistons, as he's brought with him great energy and a strong defensive presence.

Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas is averaging 14.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks since his return two games ago against New Orleans. The athletic Thomas has slowed down his game, and seems to have developed a more patient nature that has helped him around the basket, in terms of closing out his opponents.

Joakim Noah has five rebounds against the Pacers, which was his lowest total this season. Noah had not grabbed less than seven rebounds in any game prior to Tuesday. This is yet another sign of the consistency Noah has developed over the summer, and the center have been a bright spot for the Bulls this season.

Luol Deng, averaging 18.1 on the year, has seen a total of just 23 shots the last two games. The 6'9 forward is bothered by a thumb injury, which has limited his offensive game.

Still no official news on the Vinny Del Negro front, but the Bulls are working the phones according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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  • This one scares me more than the NJ game did.

    We're on the road, 2 game win streak, Detroit has lost 8 straight... my pessimism says a Piston win

  • REFUSE TO LOSE.

    That's has to be their theme today. The 5th Seed in the Eastern Conference is within the Chicago Bulls' reach. They need to COLLECTIVELY come together as a TEAM and put all this INDIVIDUAL maintenence involving VDN, Salmons and Tyrus behind them.

    If that means coaching changes or trades have to be made, then so be it. Paxson and Forman need to SPEAK UP and MAKE SOME DECISIONS, sooner than later. And Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah (the core of this team) need to LEAD this team up the standings.

    I'm focussed on the HERE and NOW, not speculation of what could have been. Ben Gordon is gone and he isn't coming back. They need to FOCUS on their team, PLAY WITH A SENSE OF PURPOSE or PASSION and find ways to WIN!!!

    That's the bottom-line.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I AGREE because it is SO cool to write in ALL caps. However, I can ONLY write in caps every few WORDS, so that you can SEE how I am STRESSING what the BULLS need to do in order to WIN!

    HEART

    LEADERSHIP

    and DERRICK BYARS!

    That's the bottom-line.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Happy new year to you Mort, Doug, DJ, Bulls6, Mrhappy and the rest of you bulls fans. I wish you all health and happiness in 2010. As for the Bulls game it should be fun. Jonas Jerebko has been very fun to watch as he reminds me of what Nocioni looked like in his first season, he gets under players skin, he attacks, and he can shoot it a little. He was a nice find by Dumars. As for the rest of the pistons they are truly a mess. Charlie V is unhappy with his PT and RIP and Prince are sure to start complaining soon as they are back now. The Pistons has the softess bigs in the game so Noah, TT, and Taj need to attack attack attack.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think we can pull this one out. I feel Stuckey isnt great on defense and that should work for rose. Its more if we can contain Hamilton, Deng should be ok with Prince but I think Noah may be flustered a bit by Wallace. It will be a challenge.

    But I feel this one easily comes down to our bench. Whether TT, Salmons and Miller can give us a good effort.

    If they can, I say bulls by 10.

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