Bulls vs Pistons 7pm on CSN

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The Detroit Pistons look to come to the United Center and tie their longest win streak of the season, two. (ba-dump-bump).   The Bulls have taken the first two meetings against the Pistons, but they struggled in each.   They required a furious second half comeback the first time around and overtime the second.

As such, the Bulls shouldn't take the Pistons lightly.  Last game, it was Tracy McGrady who brought back the fountain of middle aged and hurt the Bulls.  

  

Keys to the game

Own the paint

The Pistons don't have much in the way of rebounders.   They've got an ancient Ben Wallace, allergic to the paint Charlie Villanueva, and the somewhat mechanical Greg Monroe up front.   Even without Joakim Noah, the Bulls should bully the Pistons on the defensive glass.

Furthermore, Carlos Boozer should crush the Pistons in the low post as Villanueva has no chance against him down load and Wallace is too old, slow, and small to stop him.  

Encourage Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to jack up shots

Stuckey is one of the most likely guys in the league to completely shoot you out of a game, so try and play fundamental defense on him to discourage his drives and let him chuck jumper after jumper. 

Villanueva loves to shoot from the outside, and will throw up a lot of long range twos and inefficient threes.

Get the offense in the hand of these two, and in the long run, you're highly likely to win.

Attack the paint from the perimeter, don't settle

There's no help defense coming, so Derrick Rose can get plenty going in the paint and the Bulls should find great success hitting cutters for more shots at the hoop.   Don't settle for quick shots and long jumpers against this team as they don't have the defenders to stop the team from getting easier shots with some patience.

Control the ball and don't give the Pistons an easy way out

Avoid turnovers and make the Pistons work for their points.  If the Pistons have to play the Bulls possession by possession their odds of winning are very small.  There is an enormous talent deficit here.  

Just don't give them fast break opportunities with poor passing and give them a chance to put easy points on the board.  If the Pistons have to grind out a game, they'll lose.

Final thoughts

The Bulls are 16-3 at home, and while they did lose games to the Nets and 76ers those games were on the road.   The Bulls should take this one fairly easily given the quality of competition and the fact they're playing at home.

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  • I'm pretty sure that the Bulls will win more handily today than the previous two meetings. And I really like Stuckey-Rose. It is entertaining to see opposite ends of the spectrum.

  • With any luck half their roster wont be playing because they've been sent away in a Melo trade.

  • Speaking of Melo... According to sources, the big 3 team 15+ player trade involves Harris, Favors and Anthony Morrow as well as others headed to Denver.

    I'd like to see the Bulls get involved in on the trade and have Morrow routed to Chicago and the Bulls to send James Johnson and Keith Bogans as well as a 1st rounder to Denver. I'm think we might be able to get an underrated player like Morrow by helping to add to Denver's stockpiling of 1st rounders..

    To have Morrow would be a huge upgrade over Bogans because Bogans has been downright horrendous. A rotation of Morrow and Brewer at the 2 guard position would be nice for Thibs. Morrow is a straight up shooting guard whose got nice size (6'5) and would be a nice floor spacer with his outside range.

  • In reply to ripiceman:

    Morrow hasn't been very good at all this season, he's rockin a measly 11.51 PER, the lowest of his career(his highest is only 14 for his career..meh). He is hitting threes at a 41% clip though. As you say he's an upgrade from Bogans(not a tough feat), and maybe Thibs can get him to play some D. Either way I wouldn't give up anything of value for Morrow, to me he's just another Kyle Korver, except he doesn't shoot as well, but can create his own shot. I'd like to see how Korver or Brewer plays in the starting lineup before making any move for a SG.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    I'm not saying Morrow is a superstar or anything. I'm just saying that he is a legitimate upgrade over Bogans and with his size and shooting ability, he demands defensive attention.

    Morrow may have a low PER but he's hitting at a 46% from the field as well as 41% from 3 point range. Again, nothing spectacular but its at least starter worthy. I especially like the fact that he can create his own shot if necessary.. nice cuz only Rose and Boozer can do that now. Neither Deng, Korver or Brewer can do that.

    Futhermore, MOrrow is affordable (4M) and he would be a nice complement to Brewer in a rotation with Brewer. With Brewer and Korver, you know what you have and they are better off coming off the bench. Brewer especially has become a victim of his own success playing the 6th man role perfectly.

    To be honest, I dont see another option at SG for this year. I've suggested previously that I'd love to see if Shane Battier would be available and if he could play SG for the Bulls. He'd fit the Bulls even better but I dont know if we have what it will take.

  • In reply to ripiceman:

    To be honest I haven't seen enough of Morrow to really make a solid argument one way or the other. That PER of 11 just seems so bad especially when you consider he shoots the ball so well. He's shooting great yet his apparent deficiency in other areas must be pulling his PER down significantly. But I'm not the hugest fan of PER as it really discriminates players who's game is really strong in one facet and just ok in others. The big question with Morrow is will he bring enough non scoring factors to satisfy Coach Thibs? As we've seen Thibs refuses to play guys that are only interested in scoring, even though scoring from the wing is what we need most right now.

  • In reply to ripiceman:

    "he is a legitimate upgrade over Bogans"

    Hard to find someone who wouldn't be.

  • In reply to saigman:

    the understatement of the year

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Why in the world would Carmelo go to Nets...They are worse than Denver in terms of overall talent. And, honestly the West is more open from next year onwards with the Lakers, Spurs aging and Blazers, Rockets hurting. East has Miami, Orlando, Chicago coming into prime. If he goes to Nets, then I am smelling conspiracy of Chris Paul or Deron Williams going to Nets. Otherwise, it just doesn't make sense for Melo.
    If this happens, I hope the Bulls can be opportunistic and get a good rotation player for cheap...
    The Bulls have an easy win on their hands with all this trade turmoil happening to the Pistons...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Since our chances for Melo seem to be non existent I'm actually hoping he lands in NJ. As you've said they wont be any good with all the pieces they'll lose in the proposed trade. Worst case scenario would be Melo refuses to sign in NJ, Denver doesn't like any deal enough and lets Melo walk into free agency. Then the Knicks could pick up Melo for the new Max and still have plenty of cash left as Curry's contract runs out.

    Basically I'm pulling for Melo to not land in NY, unless its 2 years from now in Brooklyn.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Anybody but the Knicks, so short of the Bulls landing Melo, I prefer to see him in NJ, even with the threat of Paul or Williams joing him in a couple of years.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Hey guys on a side note anyone on here sell bulls tickets? I am coming to chicago in March on Vacation! Basically just to see the bulls play in the madhouse!!!

    I am going to be there during the Utah/Chicago game

    And how does the seating work like 300 level ect??

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Just go to Bulls ticket exchange on their website. Season ticket holders who will not go to the game sell them and you can buy 2,3 or more. I don't think many are selling single tickets that way. Although single tickets seem available for every game on the Bulls website. I got my Indiana and Orlando tickets for the end of this month through ticket exchange. Very easy.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    also try craigslist

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Thanks guys i appreciate it!

    When March comes closer if you guys wouldnt mind I would like to get kind of a guide of where the best places to eat, see ect. are from you guys!

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    and personally I would recomend the 100 level. If you live in Utah, & don't see the Bulls play too much, I think it would be worth it to go for quality over quantity with some good seats. I live in FL, so I go to a game probably once every 1.5 years, and don't mind paying about 150 per seat since I do it so rarely. The seats really make a big difference, you just feel so much more a part of the action. You can hear the players, see their faces, and its basketball. All the action takes place in a small area, so its not like baseball or football where being up close is sometimes lost.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I and a few friends have season tix as well. Some games we go to some not. Let me know if there are games you are looking for.

    bzerinskas@fpis.net

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and if you can't find anything on your local craigslist, you need to search all of craigslist - like http://allofcraigs.com

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    they would have to sell him on being in Newark for 1 1/2 years, and then bringing a franchise back to Brooklyn in 2012

    plus they would have cap room to add another major free agent, possibly Paul in '12

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    In reply to jgingeri:

    Looking at this week wouldn't be surprised to see the Pistons jump out to an early lead, but I think the Bulls can do a better job closing than in the previous two games. It would be nice to see Deng and Korver get back on track from range tonight.

    Didn't like the road game agsinst the Pacers even before Noah went down. That's probably going to be one where Drose takes over late. Which leaves Miami.

    There's no reason the Bulls can't beat them but it'll require the Bulls frontcourt offense matching the Heat's perimeter scoring. Games like that we love to look at superstar matchups, but if the bulls win it'll be on better rebounding and play from bench/role players. Go Bulls!

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Miami has been rebounding the ball well but they've done it with team rebounding, not with strong interior rebounding. We'll need a solid effort from our perimeter players being active and gritty going after long rebounds.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    If the missing link can keep his +/- under minus 1 per minute we have a shot at clawing our way back into the game.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I can easily see us going 2-2 next week but I hope not

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I hope they are not looking ahead to Miami. I would take 1-3 if the win were vs Miami, but I'm feeling 3-1 with a big win Satuday night

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I'd also be pleased if they went 3-1, with a win against the unholy trinity. But of course some fans would fixate only on the single loss and how the Bulls are "terrible and pathetic".

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Well, they took a game off against Boston, but the Terribulls are back in full force here.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    How much worse could the Bulls look if they tried JJ on McGrady?

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Korver actually passed up an open three to dribble into a contested 2 Kirk Hinrich style, his confidence is shot to hell right now.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    NBA ticket doesn't seem like such a good deal when I have to change the channel in disgust for most of game.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    NBA ticket doesn't seem like a good deal when I have to change the channel in disgust so early in most games

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    lol that comment took like 2 minutes to post, sry for the x 2

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Three absolutely pathetic performances in the last four games.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    What game are you watching?

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I expect the Bulls to come out and show the defense & rebounding they did vs the Celtics in the second half.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    And they have, cut it to 3.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    The 3rd quarter come back was all too predictable. Still great to see them focus on both ends.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Its not about me giving up on them its about the Bulls coming ready to play the entire game and not playing down to the competition of a bad team. Good to know they finally showed up to play.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    The Bulls may not give up but their focus for a lot of past games has been terrible and the players and Thibs has even said it. Thats what I mean when I say predictable and boring.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Leaving teams in the game and not being able to get your starters extra rest is not a great habit to have against the bottom feeders of the NBA.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Ho hum, another win. Sure is boring.

  • In reply to zentastic:

    Yep sure is...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I forgot, great teams always start great and always win every quarter and always come with energy and always wrap up every game by halftime. Always.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Deng and Rose 43 minutes, way to often.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    actually, this is the first time I can remember Rose playing the entire 2nd half

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Those who vote for the league MVP simply can't see how impactful Rose is unless they are watching all the games like tonight, when he just takes over.

    MVP indeed

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Agreed. MVP indeed. I just can't believe the Bulls fan base specifically Chicago can't muster up enough enthusiasm for what is emerging as one of the greats, and I do mean greats/top five, in the game to vote this guy ahead of Rajon Rondo/letting Boston's fan's win the day.

    Say it ain't so..? For all that Derrick is providing Bulls fans, and his reach is becoming the type that is greater then just the regular Bulls/NBA fan. It is becoming "must watch" as Doug likes to say.

    Please lets honor what this superb young player and person is providing the Bulls fans and the city of Chicago, and let's get this kid starting the All-Star game as he should be. It's what he wants, and what he deserves. Let's make it happen. Get your fingers busy for two minutes out of your day, every day until the deadline, and vote Derrick Rose for Guard on the NBA All-Star ballot!!! We owe it to him for game's we get the priviledge of watching like tonight's contest.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    you can actually vote for him a few times a day in those couple minutes.

    1 - text "ROSE" to 69622

    2 - when you receive the responding text there is a link for another site to vote.

    3 - Vote on NBA.com

    Rose should be starting the All-Star game!!!!

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    didn't know about #2, good to know

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    and #4- Arena voting, although just 1 more home game

    I didn't see it when I went to the Philly game before Christmas, but its there

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Amen!

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I haven't watched the game yet, but when Derrick gets into a zone like that I really think it just snowballs when you keep him in the game. It's not something you can do all the time, but when he's really playing spectacularly I would not take him out until he cools off, especially in second halfs. Last year against the Lakers at the U.C. he was going into a zone, and Vinny sat him for a good long spell. When he came back he was never the same.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Yes, in general I would like to see Thibs ride the hot hand & rotate accordingly, not so much on a set schedule as he & most coaches do.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Rose is just getting started. Imagine how good he's going to be in another couple of seasons.

  • In reply to magestew:

    and how good this team will be come playoff time if everyone is back healthy!

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    D Rose and the Bulls, are a force to be reckoned with!!!

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    I know! and Brewer is really solidifying that 2 spot.

  • In reply to magestew:

    Its downright scary. His progression has been so rapid. As Sam Smith notes, they said he couldn't shoot. He developed a jumper his first year. They said he couldn't hit the 3 and play D. He hits the 3 now, and D has vastly improved. They said he couldn't draw calls. He now seeks out contact. What is he going to improve next Chi Town? Because there are no more glaring weaknesses. He will just be accending further & further into greatness with everything else he adds. Now if his teammates could just hit an open jumper his assists would be up.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Still a little sloppy with the ball at times.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    When he is so fast and just not looking to pass like a Kidd or Rondo...he will have turnovers. Being fast probably wins more games against teams like Orlando, Boston, Lakers and the Spurs. The only team that can match speed is Miami. That's why Brewer/Rose combo can get lethal only if Deng starts shooting 3 pointers more consistently. The problem now is Brewer and Deng kind of play a similar game.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    He handle's the ball A LOT in traffic, he's not going to be perfect. I really don't think there is much room for improvement there.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Ronnie Brewer was quoted "His ability to handle the ball is bar none"

    take it from his teammate.

    Also, have you ever seen all the reaching & hacking that people get away with on Rose? Especially guys like Rondo who do it all the time.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    That span in the 3rd/4th quarter probably was one of DRose's best I have seen. Poor Gordon...he didn't know what hit him.
    If Rose plays with that kind of energy, June parades will become a regular event in Chicago.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    What I meant was it was predictable they'd turn on the higher gear when they needed it, it's what they've been doing all year (although of late they've turned it on a little too late and not quite been able to take the lead). You can't go flat out for 82 games, you'll kill yourself before the playoffs come around.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I'm all for them pacing themselves but they need to stay focused while doing that.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    And now up by six at the end of the 3rd. Good prediction.

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    We definitely need a consistent scorer like Boozer. If Boozer is shut down, this team just cannot generate offense except for Rose. Rose has too many responsibilities to consistently do that. Why doesn't Thibs play CJ a little more?? Also, a shout-out for JJ...even if he makes mistakes...he is better than most of the other guys(Korver, Bogans, Brewer, Deng) in generating offense.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    JJ is better than Bogans, but no way is he better than Watson, Brewer or Deng.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I don't mean as an overall player off-course but in generating some offense and not depending completely on Rose...

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I'm not sure what people expect, only really elite teams get blowouts where you can sit yours starters with any kind of regularity. The Bulls have had about as many blowouts as you'd expect for a 55 win team IMO.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I agree. Basketball is a game of runs, and to expect dominance all four quarters is entirely unrealistic. Watch any game in the league and even elite teams against inferior teams are outplayed in stretches.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Nothing too much to say about the Bulls as of late cause the play of this team is too predictable and typical. I know they had the win against Boston but they have not been playing well at all. Too typical too boring and no spark about them at all.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    And tonight trailing by 12 at the half to Detroit only confirms it.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    If by predictable you mean they play tough, don't give up (unlike many other teams), and, quite frankly, produce wins, then I'll take it. You give up on this team too readily. Oh, by the way, end of the 3rd quarter and they're up by six.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    actually Morrow is a better shooter than Korver.
    As you can see, Korver is not so much slumping this year, but coming back down to where he has been over his career. Just the opposite for Morrow, who had been close to 50% on 3's for his career, and now is down to that 41%

  • I doubt that the Charlotte pick was/is ever in play for a player like Aflalo, who at this point is a journeyman type player.

    He may be a better fit for the Bulls than what we have now, I haven't seen enough of him to know. I would give it a shot for our own #1, or players but not the Charlotte pick.

  • ... and don't forget Deng. He is playing tons of minutes, solid D, and adding that 3rd scorer we need.

  • All this all-star talk is great, and I myself in response to fans chanting MVP have said let's get him starting in the all-star game first, but specifically here I was talking about MVP, and how I hope whoever it is voting for MVP is actually watching Derricks games, especially like the ones tonight.

    Having said that, there are no excuses for Rose not to start the all-star game, & for Chicagoins to get him in there.

  • Me-Mac was definatelt doing his iso thing

  • New York might want to aquire more picks, how about Galinari or Landry Fields? Maybe we could get Fields for our 1st rounder?

  • if anything I don't think we are playing Rose enough, with this game being the exception. He is young, he can handle it. All he wants to do is play basketball and watch dramatic television shows on DVD in his hotel rooms, let him do it.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Rose may be on average compared to other PG's but I would rather have him play heavy minutes against the elite teams and have a chance to rest and get Watson some extra minutes against the crap teams. The Bulls just cant seem to put these teams away early to allow this to occur.

  • I would let him shoot the 3 more too. He can hit it I believe. Teams certainly leave him open, and he could be no worse than Bogey. He has hit a couple this year inspite of not taking them with any regularity. I don't think he has ever been given a chance to shoot them over his career. Let him.

  • If I were the Nets, I would also open up a practice facility in Brooklyn for the interim as well, so that Melo could live near there & travel to Newark for the home games until the move to Brooklyn for the games are finalized in 1.5 years

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I have never been to Newark, what's it like? I was in Jersey City, man that place was a dump, only good thing was the proximity to Manhattan

  • and further more, when he's the one driving the car, his teammates in the passenger seat are usually relegated to taking naps and drifting away looking out the window

  • One thing we need to recognize is the "manliness" Boozer projects on the court. Compared to the other PFs(Greg Monroe, Taj, Bosh etc..), he looks like a beast. Plus, his offense is usually smooth. If he can just remain healthy and pay a little extra attention on defense.....
    I am really curious to see how Noah and Boozer play together and dominate the paint and if Noah can be a legit #3 option on a contending team..

  • and to think, they haven't played 1 minute yet with both being healthy

  • That was actually my larger point. Not trying to beat a dead horse in knocking Me-Mac so much, but just trying to illustrate that you can't win with extreme ball-dominant guys, esp one like the 2 Youngs who don't seem to pass much at all

  • I think this team could be scary good by March. Like everyone else, I'm very excited about Noah's return. Should be fun to watch!

  • With Korver's struggles the SG rotation has become Brewer playing the rest of the half after Bogans sits lately. I like that role for Brewer.

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