Well I didn't think this game would take a whole lot of analysis. The Pistons are one of the many terrible teams in the NBA. Has the NBA become more top heavy or does it feel that way because we're at the top now?
Not going to break down individual players too much in a blowout, because the dynamics are different when most of the possessions are meaningless. So instead, quick thoughts from the game:
Rose/Boo1zer, nice job in carrying the offense tonight. The Pistons couldn't stop them, and they were very efficient on the night.
The Bulls defense was great, but let's be honest, the Pistons offense is simply terrible.
What happened to you Ben Gordon? I know many Bulls fans didn't have a lot of love for the guy, but he went from border line all-star to mediocre rotation player awfully fast. Granted, it's painful to watch how badly assembled this Pistons team is playing with a bunch of shoot first undersized SGs and perhaps the worst front court in the NBA.
What do you think of the Scalabrine thing?
Does this bother you? See the thing is, I like Scalabrine. He's a cool dude to talk to. He's a thoughtful player, he tries hard, puts in a lot of effort, and has a great basketball IQ. If he wants to, someday, Scal will be a head coach.
So it's not that I don't like him, but because I actually have some respect for the guy that I just feel a bit annoyed that the crowd goes nuts when he touches the ball.
I don't feel sorry for Scal, I mean I'll take a million bucks a year to be the team mascot and have fans mock me like a clown when I go in and dare me to shoot just for the heck of it. However, I still feel a bit queasy about the guy coming in as a human victory cigar to mocking adulation.
Can John Lucas unseat Watson as the backup PG?
Watson has generally played well. He has a PER of 17.1 on the season. He's shot 46% from the three point line and is averaging 16.8pts and 9 assists, 4.2 boards, and 3.2 steals per 36 minutes. Those are truly great numbers for Watson.
However, John Lucas is playing tremendous basketball himself. Unlike Watson, he's looked much more steady rather than scoring in fits and bunches and having stretches of poor play. I still believe Watson is the man, and his defense is much more physical than Lucas's, but I have to say again...
How the hell has John Lucas not been playing in the NBA before this year? Is this guy just playing THAT far over his head? if he keeps playing this well, we won't be able to keep him for the league min next year, and I feel really good about him as my third PG right now.
He's the perfect combination of a vet who won't demand big minutes, signs for the minimum, and can still come in and be productive when his number is called. It's a lot tougher than you think to find guys with those qualities.
Nice to see Thibs keep the minutes down
I would have liked to see them perhaps even a bit lower, but there's certainly nothing to complain about, and Thibodeau went to Lucas to start the fourth instead of continuing his recent trend of playing Rose through the entire second half.
Tomorrow's game against Minnesota will be a lot more fun, I can't wait to see Rubio against Rose.