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Traveling to Chicago

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (16-25) at Chicago Bulls (24-16)
  • Date: January 23, 2013
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

Fresh off a home victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chicago Bulls will host the Detroit Pistons tonight and try to win back-to-back games as they attempt to gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings.

These two teams met previously on December 7th, and the Bulls were victorious thanks to a career night by Joakim Noah. The former Gator was sensational on his way to 30 points, 23 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks on 12-for-19 field goal shooting.

Noah’s performance was in fact quite impressive, but it highlighted Chicago’s ability to dominate the interior as the Bulls scored 58 points in the paint and finished the game with a 41-28 rebounding edge.

That contest was a shootout by Chicago’s standards, as both teams scored over 100 points but the rematch could in fact offer fewer fireworks.

Tom Thibodeau’s team does a wonderful job of overloading the strong side of the court and forcing ball handlers on the wing to make the cross court pass to a teammate on the weak side of the court. More often than not, it’s the only option available for teams that run side pick-and-rolls against Chicago.

The Bulls’ defense requires players to constantly be in help positions, thus they often look like they are in a zone defense because of all the ground they cover and territory they survey as the ball handler gets ready to make his move on the wing.

In addition, with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson patrolling the paint and playing active pick-and-roll defense as well as great individual defense — on perimeter and interior against big men — it makes things complicated for opponents to produce high quality shots.

And keep in mind, Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton, Luoul Deng (when healthy and available to play) and Jimmy Butler are all good individual defenders whose deficiencies are nullified under Thibodeau’s superior defensive scheme.

But the vaunted Bulls defense still has the tiniest of cracks.

The players play a bruising physical brand of basketball, but if officials call the game a little tightly, it takes away from Chicago’s level of aggression on that side of the ball. Also, the Bulls are a great rebounding team collectively, but if teams spread them out and make them chase after the rock through screens and solid ball movement whereby good shots follow, they can get out of rebounding position and allow the opposition to sneak in for second chance scores.

This happens particularly against teams with good low post players, because they tend to help create high percentage shots for teammates after getting swarmed on the block or because multiple defenders rotated to them when diving to the basket after a pick-and-roll and thus allowed another player to shake free. The Portland Trail Blazers (LaMarcus Aldridge), Los Angeles Clippers (Blake Griffin) and Los Angeles Lakers (Dwight Howard) to name a few were capable of matching up on the boards and corralling a few offensive rebounds against the Bulls this season precisely because of this.

Obviously, Detroit does not have any outstanding post player to attract this type of attention, but running some action between Greg Monroe and a ball handler could serve as an adequate alternative provided that the Pistons focus on sharing the ball to get defenders moving to open up the lanes for drives and offensive rebounding position. If Lawrence Frank and the rest of the coaching staff simply allow Brandon Knight and company to camp out on the perimeter and avoid moving without the ball, the Pistons might set the sport of basketball back a few years with a low final point total.

Read about the Bulls

Bulls by the Horns.

46 Comments

  • Jan 23, 20138:20 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Knight Picking Hinrich up full court….

    Knight just seems like a different player…he looks quicker and more explosive

  • Jan 23, 20138:52 pm
    by Jinzzy

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    the refs are killing the game shh

  • Jan 23, 20139:12 pm
    by tarsier

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    Shockingly, the Pistons are playing well with Monroe and Drummond both in.

    • Jan 23, 20139:17 pm
      by gmehl

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      They say the world is round too… who would of thought ;-)

  • Jan 23, 20139:38 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    free-throws and offensive rebounds are the only bulls are still in this game

  • Jan 23, 20139:39 pm
    by Jinzzy

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    can someone please tell frank to get prince out of the game

  • Jan 23, 20139:43 pm
    by Vince

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    Loving what seems like a developing rivalry between Rip and Singler.

    • Jan 23, 20139:47 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      singler actually playing Good defense on Rip

      • Jan 23, 20139:53 pm
        by Vince

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        Singler and Rip are goin at it. Its fun to watch.

  • Jan 23, 20139:46 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    we are playing good team basketball

  • Jan 23, 20139:46 pm
    by Vince

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    Also Hinrich is getting torched by Knight. This has to be one of my favorite games this year.

  • Jan 23, 20139:51 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Can I say this…

    FINALLY…they are allowing Knight to Run the offense out of the pick and roll… and he is producing… that has been there all year 

  • Jan 23, 201310:01 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Monroe kills the Offense when he does not take that 15 footer….

    • Jan 23, 201310:03 pm
      by Anon

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      i cringe every time he passes up on it and takes that “I’m not sure of myself” jab step.

  • Jan 23, 201310:02 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    3 straight times, Monroe passes on a open 15-17 foot jumpers

  • Jan 23, 201310:05 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    someone needs to tell Monroe shoot that shot

  • Jan 23, 201310:07 pm
    by Anon

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    I don’t understand why when Maxiell, Drummond, and Bynum were all in the game Maxiell kept setting the high screens instead of Drummond. That took the Aley-oop play that has been killing teams away and took Dre out of the offense.

    • Jan 23, 201310:15 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      This is were Frank fails as a coach…. he cant coach the flow of the game….. he is too robotic and predictable…we were playing with house money up double figures on the road…

      Then we got outcoached… 

      and Monroe is scared to death to shoot that 15 footer 

  • Jan 23, 201310:07 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Bynum looked terrible against Robinson…

  • Jan 23, 201310:10 pm
    by Anon

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    Dre did everything right, putting Max back in the game is very questionable. I predict Noah kills us on the boards for the rest of the game.

    • Jan 23, 201310:11 pm
      by Anon

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      It seems like once Dre hits 22 minutes, Frank just yanks him regardless of game situation.

  • Jan 23, 201310:12 pm
    by Jinzzy

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    where’s Singler for Christ sake  we need to space out the court

  • Jan 23, 201310:17 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    STOP COLLAPSING!!!!!

  • Jan 23, 201310:18 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    we just gave that 3 up…smh

  • Jan 23, 201310:20 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Nice Play Call Frank! Props!

    Now Defense!!! 

  • Jan 23, 201310:24 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Wow.. thats on Stuckey

  • Jan 23, 201310:24 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    where was the foul?

  • Jan 23, 201310:25 pm
    by Jinzzy

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    WTF ………………………………………

  • Jan 23, 201310:26 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Out hustled and out coached…

    and Bulls acting like they just won the NBA Finals…smh 

  • Jan 23, 201310:27 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    where was Austin Daye, Singler, Charlie? if you know your going for the 3?

    • Jan 23, 201310:30 pm
      by Jinzzy

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      we have Idiot for a coach , how on earth do you have maxiell and stuckey in the end of the game when we need a three jeez

  • Jan 23, 201310:31 pm
    by Rich

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    Running out of gas is one thing… I get that, after 3 out of 4 following a trip to London.

    But Monroe’s unwillingness to even TRY in the 4th quarter was embarrassing. 

  • Jan 23, 201310:32 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Frank went away from EVERYTHING!!!! that was working Good to build us that lead…..

    Greg Monroe is not effective if he is not scoring…so everytime he passed on shooting that 15 footer it killed the offense…

    A very,very ,very winnable game…. to me these are the games coaches get paid to win…

    Everything is great when everything is working, like you drew it up…but when its not working is the issue…

     

  • Jan 23, 201310:35 pm
    by Steve K

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    Outscored 28-14 when the game was on the line. What more is there to say?
    It was a team loss, both coaching and players. 

    • Jan 23, 201310:40 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      it was more coaching….

      Frank allowed the lead to go down to 2 points…

      THEN he pulls Bynum who was NOT playing well on offense or defense….

      He has to tell Monroe shoot that 15 footer, or put someone that will…

      As soon as Drummond Left the game..the Bulls attack the rim….

      I blame…Stuckey for taking soo many bad shots, but once again the coach decides to run the offense through Stuckey, Even though Singler was playing the better game 

  • Jan 23, 201310:36 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Only positives in this game was Knight in the Pick and Roll…

    Monroe pissed me off today 

  • Jan 23, 201310:39 pm
    by Jayknowsball

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    I still can’t believe that last play very heartbreaking loss tonight on a very winnable game….on top of that if we would of won tonight we would of tied up with the 76 ers

  • Jan 23, 201310:40 pm
    by geoff

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    Monroe passed up about three of those 15 footers and threw everyone off.  This was a game we should win. We were competitive, played hard then just went wild.  Would’ve been nice to get one on the road

  • Jan 23, 201310:45 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I dont know why im soo upset, the last time I was this upset we lost to the Bobcats…

    I dont mind when it about lack of talent..over even if another player goes off …..or if we just have an off night…

    I cant stand when we lose because of poor coaching 

  • Jan 23, 201310:51 pm
    by Mark

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    Pathetic officiating. How was that last play not reviewed? 

     

  • Jan 23, 201310:52 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    UP 6 … Nate Robinson has been torching your PG….

    and Monroe, Maxiell not Shooting…

    Bring in Drummond,Knight and Charlies….

    Run Charlie off the same pick and roll play you had with Monroe…

    It does to thing, it makes Boozer, Noah, or Gibson have to respect Charlies ability to shoot..and its opens the lane for Knight to Drive….

    SIMPLE

    But Keeping Maxiell, Monroe in the game both passing on up looks killed that offense down the stretch sorry thats coaching

  • Jan 23, 201310:53 pm
    by gmehl

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    I only listened to this game on Internet radio so I just want to know a couple of things… Was Drummond in on defense for the second last play of the game when scores were tied?? If not then why the f**k not?? If we win this then we are only 3 games out of the 8th seed. I smell a rat here!

    • Jan 23, 201311:01 pm
      by I HATE FRANK

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      nope..and Msaxiell played good defense…

      But we lost that Pick and roll magic…

      Maxiell does the pick and POP…and then doesnt shoot, same as Monroe…

      Im just upset 

  • Jan 23, 201310:55 pm
    by Mone

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    Fire John Kuester, I mean Lawrence Frank!!!!!! What the hell is Joe D waiting on???

  • Jan 23, 201310:58 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    sometimes i forget Monroe is only in his third year…but until he starts the make that 15 footer…this is as good as Monroe is going to get

    And Physically …it more wear and tear on the body to try to drive to the basket with every touch 

    • Jan 23, 201311:54 pm
      by Mark

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      Great point about Monroe. I don’t know how much better he can get with his inside game. If he can develop a consistent jumpshot, everything in his game will come together and he could be an all-star, but if he doesn’t this is pretty much all he’s going to be.

      And with avg defense, we need more from him on offense than what he currently offers.

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