It is officially Derrick Rose homecoming night as the MVP point guard plays in front of his hometown fans for the first time since tearing his ACL in April 2012. The Bulls sat him in the team's previous game against the Washington Wizards, but it was just precautionary so that he wouldn't miss tonight's game in Chi-town.
It will also be the first game for fellow Chicago star Joakim Noah, who has missed his team's first three preseason games with a strained groin.
The Pistons injury issues, however, are far from being resolved. Brandon Jennings is still out with tooth issues and Rodney Stuckey is out with a broken thumb. and Gigi Datome is still listed as day-to-day. That means tonight's backcourt will again be Chicago native Will Bynum and Kyle Singler.
Can Chicago native Maurice Cheeks guide his team to victory? Only Chicagoans will know because it's not on TV again!
Keys to the Game
Will Derrick Rose put on a show? -- Rose hasn't exactly been Rose so far this preseason, averaging 13 points on 40 percent shooting and 3 assists in 20 minutes per night. But Rose always seems to know how to rise to the occasion, and Bulls fans have been waiting an awfully long time for a reason to cheer for Rose. Good luck, Bynum.
Bigs vs. Bigs -- It will be interesting to see Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe battle a combination of Carlos Boozer, Noah and Taj Gibson, with a sprinkling of former Piston Nazr Mohammad thrown in. Can Drummond continue his dominant ways against a superior defender like Noah? Will Greg take advantage of Boozer's weak defense and convert at a high rate?
KCP -- It's not that I don't like Singler or Bynum, but an opportunity has definitely presented itself for the Pistons' most recent lottery pick. Detroit is down two guards and could really use the defense and shooting that KCP provides at his best. All he has to do is take advantage. Start hitting the deep ball, keep playing that hard-nosed defense and it will be impossible for Cheeks to keep him out of the lineup.
Question of the Game
Who will convert more crazy drives to the hoop, D. Rose or MF Will Bynum?