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The Pistons try to sweep a homestand


  • Teams: Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: Jan. 4,  2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit, NBA League Pass


  • Pistons: 2-3
  • Bulls: 5-1

Probable starters



  • Derrick Rose
  • Rip Hamilton or Ronnie Brewer
  • Luol Deng
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Joakim Noah

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +7

Over/under: 184

Score: Bulls win, 95.5-88.5

Three things to watch

1. Chicago’s legs

This homestand has set up quite nicely for the Pistons, with Indiana, Orlando and Chicago all heading into the Palace on the second game of back-to-backs. The Pistons, meanwhile, got a day of rest before Orlando and one before Chicago. The Bulls needed a 34-18 fourth quarter last night to squeak by Atlanta by two. Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each played 44 minutes.

2. Another frontcourt test

Chicago’s starting frontcourt, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, on the other hand, didn’t play large roles last night. Noah was limited to just 18 minutes because he spent the whole game in foul trouble and Boozer played just 27 minutes. The Bulls actually rallied in the game with Boozer on the bench and Omer Asik in the game, so Boozer never made it back in. The Pistons handled David West, a similar player to Boozer, pretty well this season. Asik-Noah will be a different type of test for Greg Monroe-Jonas Jerebko as both of those guys are also high energy players who will be active on the glass. Should be fun matchups to watch up front.

3. Stuckey vs. Rose

Lawrence Frank is the second consecutive coach who has talked up Rodney Stuckey‘s potential as a lockdown perimeter defender. If Stuckey is ever going to remove the ‘potential’ from that equation, he’s going to need some signature defensive performances against players like Rose. With the Pistons playing well right now and trying to re-establish an identity as a tough, defensive oriented team, this is a good opportunity for Stuckey to show he’s buying in.


  • Jan 4, 20128:12 pm
    by gmehl1977


    You can see Frank is getting the pistons to run and push the basketball tonight. The problem is that we can’t throw the basketball in the ocean at atm. Hopefully we can keep it close and the bulls tire by the 3rd.

    • Jan 4, 20128:15 pm
      by gmehl1977


      Also Knight needs to let the game come to him as i feel he is forcing things too much. If we have any chance of winning we need Max, Big Ben and others to chip in again.

      • Jan 4, 20129:35 pm
        by gmehl1977


        A couple of points:

        Will Bynum = true professional
        CV = Garbage
        Austin Day = A worried player with Wilkins hustle/effort
        Me = Feeling like i am the only piston fan at pistonpowered today

        • Jan 4, 20129:40 pm
          by Shane


          Bynum= Stupid decisions.. passes the ball softly and causes turnovers
          CV= Garbage
          Daye= ….
          Gordon= Wtf

  • Jan 4, 20129:52 pm
    by bg8


    so what happen today. just got home and saw they’re down by double digit in the 4th. stuckey played 15min, bg has no assist, most player doesn’t seem to be shooting well.

    so what happen to stuckey? injured?
    bg played bad game? people shot poorly so bg great passes result in miss shots or just poor play/decision by bg? i see a WTF bg, does that mean bad decision or just WTF with the bad game?

    • Jan 4, 20129:59 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      Stuckey was injured in the first half.

      Gordon struggled mainly because the Bulls’ guards are all to big for him. Whoever guarded him — Hamilton, Rose, Brewer, even Korver for a bit — was taller than him and able to keep him from getting many clean looks.

  • Jan 4, 20129:56 pm
    by Ty


    What happened to Stuckey??

  • Jan 4, 201210:07 pm
    by Ty


    Tough game and its hard to win when you shoot 40%.  Only got to watch a few minutes.  Time to improve the road record tomorrow.

    • Jan 4, 201210:27 pm
      by Patrick Hayes


      They have tomorrow off, then they’re in Philly Friday. That’s when their brutal stretch of back-to-backs starts.

  • Jan 5, 201210:51 am
    by Murph


    I loved Monroe’s 5 assists last night.  Finally, Monroe is taking advantage of his passing skills that he demonstrated at Georgetown.  I’m guessing Frank is at least partially responsible for developing and encouraging Monroe’s passing skills on the NBA level.  I can’t wait for the day Monroe puts up a triple-double.

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