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Road game in Chicago

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (24-49) at Chicago Bulls (39-32)
  • Date: March 31, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

Yesterday, the Chicago Bulls won a tough grind it out game against the Dallas Mavericks. They played with composure and grit.

Their defense puts the clamps on the Mavericks and forced them into some tough shots. That’s how Thibodeau’s team was able to win the game for 47 minutes and 57 seconds. A quick glance at the game’s box score though reveals a completely different result.

The Mavericks were actually victorious by two points. Confused? Well you should be, because that’s exactly how Bulls fans and players felt after yesterday’s game.

With 4:07 left on the clock last night, Chicago led 97-85 on the road.

The Mavs still had time left for a run but the odds seemed incredibly slim. With two minutes left on the game clock, Rick Carlise’s group was now facing an eight-point deficit with a score of 97-89.

And then, the Bulls completely self-destructed down the stretch.

They tried running two-man game action on one side of the floor, which was smart but poorly executed. Luol Deng got a switch against Mike James and forced up a low percentage shot.

Nate Robinson recklessly drove to the hoop a few times and either forced up a bad shot or coughed up the ball.

Carlisle ordered a trap on Robinson every time he crossed half-court, and it sped up the point guard’s decision-making process. The end result was a rushed offense.

The Bulls missed a multitude of looks late and also only converted one-of-three free throws in the last two minutes with the game hanging in the balance.

Dallas on the other hand got Dirk Nowitzki — only their best player, no big deal — three open shots from 3-point range in the final 60 seconds of play. He drilled two of them.

The last one came with 2.9 seconds left and gave the Mavericks a 100-98 lead. His final shot gave the Mavericks the win as well as an opportunity at a postseason berth.

This might have been the weirdest game of the season for the Bulls. The same team that ended the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak fell at the hands of a Mavs team in a situation where they normally excel.

Chicago didn’t just stop scoring against Dallas, they also gave up a fair amount of points.

In order to highlight just how uncharacteristic of the Bulls the late game collapse against the Mavericks was, consider this nugget: with the scoring margin within five points or less in the last five minutes of the game, Chicago has the 10th best offense and defense in the league per NBA.com’s advanced stats tool.

They have wing stoppers in Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler, coupled with an aggressive defense that goes after players.

Offensively, Deng is a tough matchup out on the perimeter and Carlos Boozer is a decent midrange shooter. Add the wildcard that is Nate Robinson, and that makes for an unpredictable offense.

But that’s just it; the Bulls game plan seemed scripted last night and that hurt them.

Matt McHale of Bulls by the Horns summed it up best:

Dallas closed out the game on a 15-1 run as Chicago’s offense — which had been pretty darn good all game long — went into a coma.

This served as remainder that anything can happen on any given night.

The Detroit Pistons are probably hoping to cash in some of that magic if you will. An argument could be made that Dallas got lucky, but teams create their own luck.

And tonight, the onus rests on the Pistons to do the exact same thing.

Read about the Bulls

Bulls by the Horns.

Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

31 Comments

  • Mar 31, 20136:58 pm
    by Blocks by Dre

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    Knight breaks his nose AND sprains his ankle (again) and he’s good to g the very next game…gotta give it to him he’s tough as nails!

    • Mar 31, 20137:59 pm
      by sloppy joe

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      He should have just sat out…

      • Mar 31, 20138:00 pm
        by sloppy joe

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        scratch that, play the bastard and pull rodney!

  • Mar 31, 20137:25 pm
    by gmehl

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    Play good, just lose…that is all!

  • Mar 31, 20138:14 pm
    by Jay

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    Anyone else see the little exchange between robinson and frank right before the half? frank took a timeout, nate had the ball. note shoved the ball into frank, while frank kind of elbowed him back. haha it was awesome. 

    • Mar 31, 20138:25 pm
      by picknroll

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      Saw it…….think something is gonna happen in 2nd half involving Robinson and a Piston!

    • Mar 31, 20139:11 pm
      by sloppy joe

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      LOL yeah I noticed, Frank looked like an angry midget.

    • Mar 31, 20139:50 pm
      by gmehl

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      Yeah i think Nate handed the ball to Frank and said ‘i’m bigger than you ya little bitch…what you gonna do about it’?

  • Mar 31, 20138:33 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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     Why does Knight keep passing the ball??? He passes the ball too much! You know what, I don’t blame him, I blame the coach that doesn’t teach him what to do, or what is right? I hate frank! I swear if we had a good coach all of our player would be much better. What the hell, only two shot attempts in the first half!!!

  • Mar 31, 20138:59 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Dear BK7;

    Shoot the damn ball! 

    ———————————————

    Probably Frank is barking at him the whole game to pass the ball!          

       

     

  • Mar 31, 20139:38 pm
    by Blocks by Dre

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    YES! WE LOST!

  • Mar 31, 20139:41 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Was it necessary to take out Drummond in the 4th quarter? I don’t think so. I hate Frank! 

  • Mar 31, 20139:52 pm
    by gmehl

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    Played well…check
    Lost…check
    Lottery odds..check
    Everyone wins!

    • Mar 31, 20139:57 pm
      by frankie d

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      agreed.  this is the first time i’ve actually believed that the team is officially tanking.  taking drummond out, when they took him out, and the curious line ups late 3rd quarter till the rest of the game makes me believe that someone has finally gotten a little bit of common sense and decided that tanking is the only route that makes sense. 
      either this was an intentional tank job or frank is dumber than i ever imagined.
      actually an enjoyable game to watch.  
       

      • Mar 31, 201310:03 pm
        by Brandon Knight

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         I don’t think they were tanking today, Frank is just simply dumb. He is building Drummond’s minutes lol !! What a joke!

      • Mar 31, 201310:11 pm
        by gmehl

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        Exactly. If people don’t believe the tank train has left Detroit station then i think they have been reading too much stuff Keith Langois on the Pistons website. I truly believe that it has (tanking)  a lot to do with the fact Joe traded away a future 1st rounder. In a crappy kind of way if we have to give up that 1st rounder next season then at least as a franchise we know where back on the right track. I am not happy that we lost but i am happy that we have kept our lottery odds position especially with the cavs losing today.

  • Mar 31, 201310:04 pm
    by Ozzie-Moto

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    Franks regular line ups and a tanking line up are impossible to tell apart because there the same ….. 

  • Mar 31, 201310:04 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Excuses will never end, he just doesn’t want to play Drummond!

  • Mar 31, 201310:06 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Oh and for those who are wondering when will Drummond play 35+ minutes. Maybe in the last game, that’s if he doesn’t get injured!

    • Mar 31, 201310:15 pm
      by gmehl

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      You need to stop whining about it. If Drummond played 35 minutes we might have a chance at winning. Didn’t you get the tanking memo?

      • Mar 31, 201310:23 pm
        by Brandon Knight

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        Drummond needs to play more to help his progress! Also he needs to play more with Knight, Monroe and other guys to build up the chemistry needed to reach the playoffs next years and maybe more.  

        • Mar 31, 201310:34 pm
          by gmehl

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          Monroe and Knight need to stop turning the freaking ball over all the time. I know we have little chance in drafting him but if we could get Ben Mclemore then IMO i think that coming in he could be our number one scoring option which take a lot of pressure off Monroe which will drop his turnover numbers dramatically. ATM Monroe is left forcing a lot of things which i feel are beyond his skill level. 

          • Mar 31, 201310:46 pm
            by Brandon Knight

            Yeah you are right about that! Sometimes I find Monroe to be selfish. Like you said he forces a lot of shots. The team is not balanced at all. Playing the three guard rotation is so stupid.. and even worse they are all point guards. Our small and power forwards suck big time! You know what other than Drummond, Monroe and BK7 our team suck big time. Dumars better sign a good small forward and good bench players.

        • Mar 31, 201310:40 pm
          by oats

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          He will almost certainly not play 35 minutes this year. Monroe averages about 33 and Drummond was around 20 before he got hurt. Add in the desire to take things slow, and he isn’t about to get 35. Nor should he. There aren’t enough games for him to get significantly more out of 35 minutes than 25, so whatever.

  • Mar 31, 201310:30 pm
    by Mark

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    I cant believe after all this time we still have to complain about Frank not playing Drummond.

    This is a joke.

    Ok, you’re limiting his minutes, but why couldn’t you manage them so that he would be available to finish the game?

    You played him 23 min. Why not play him 6 min to start the 1st/3rd and 6 min to finish th 2nd/4th, so he could be out there with Moose at the end to evaluate them together late in a close game.

    This was a great opportunity   to get them experience in a game like this. Frank Failed us again

    • Mar 31, 201310:34 pm
      by Brandon Knight

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      Exactly!

    • Mar 31, 201310:42 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Well, part of the reason is because Drummond picked up three fouls in the first half.

      • Mar 31, 201311:09 pm
        by Mark

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        I don’t see how that prevents him from playing 6 min to start the 3rd (which he did), then another 6 min to finish the game.

        Frank brought him back in the 4th with 9 min left, then took him out like 3 min later.

        Not to mention he did it right after Drummond missed 2 FTs and then didn’t even let him atone for it, instead made him sit and watch the rest of the game on the bench after enbaressing himself. Just dumb coaching in terms of his development. 
         

      • Mar 31, 201311:09 pm
        by JB

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        I hate that coaches automatically pull players upon receiving their 3rd foul like it’s some sort of rule. 
        I just think it lacks imagination, especially in this instance where a player is going to be limited by the minutes he plays.
        3 fouls at half… Finished with….. 3 fouls. Let him learn how to play with fouls.  

        • Mar 31, 201311:15 pm
          by Patrick Hayes

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          I don’t like when coaches pull guys after two quick fouls in the first half. Three, especially for a big, I have less of a problem with. If he left him in and Drummond picked up a fourth before halftime and that caused his second half minutes to be limited, everyone would be calling Frank really dumb for that too.

          Also, let’s not forget … we’re not just talking about being cautious with him because he’s young anymore. He just missed 22 games with a weird back injury. I don’t really have any issue with them limiting his minutes at this point. I did earlier for sure, but now? Totally fine with it.

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