Tonight's game, on January 23rd, against the Bulls should be a big test of the Piston's big men. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah are the foundation of this franchise. Luol Deng is definitely a key player, and MVP Derrick Rose is undoubtedly the leader when he's playing, but the record of the Bulls' without these two players has remained steady and has to be attributed to the play of their big men.
On paper I like to believe the Pistons are as good or better than the Bulls:
I like Knight better than Hinrich if his shot is true and he works at distributing the ball. Bynum versus Robinson should be fun to watch, as two little guys do battle using speed and aggressiveness against each other.
Rip will use his veteran craftiness and relentless motor to probably win the battle against Singler, but Stuckey has had two big games this year and I'm inclined to favor him over Belinelli.
If Deng is still out, Prince should be better than Butler. Daye provides another dimension that the Bulls will have a hard time countering if his shot is on.
Boozer and Maxiell should be a real battle, the hope here is that he can wear him down and make Chicago turn more to Gibson who Villanueva can draw out from under the basket to render him virtually ineffective.
Monroe and Drummond have to over power Noah and ex-Piston Mohammed. I really respect Noah, but hope that our pair of bigs can win this war.
I've got my fingers crossed and am hoping to see the Pistons show up and win this one. I think this is an important match up and real test of the team's progress.