The Pistons made a change in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Pacers, but got the same result as the first time they played, a loss to the Pacers, 101-97. The Pistons will try to bounce back against the Bulls in Chicago.
Where: United Center-Chicago, Illinois
When: Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: Use your imagination and box score watch
The Pistons changed up their starting lineup against the Pacers on Tuesday after Paul George scored 20 in the first quarter against them in the preseason opener. They did not fare much better, as George scored 13 points in only 12 minutes. Stanley Johnson got the start at the 3 and scored 16 points on 5-for-15 shooting.
The Pistons went smaller against a Pacers team that was also going smaller. I expect the Pistons to return to the same lineup that they used in the first three preseason games, as the Bulls use a bigger starting lineup. Aron Baynes is supposed to make his debut, so you are probably going to get a decent dose of Baynes to match up with the bigger Bulls.
The Bulls come into this game after a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Bulls will of course be without Derrick Rose, but that has not been too big of an issue for them in the past. Jimmy Butler is the man now in Chicago, and stopping him will be the key to winning. Pau Gasol tends to play well against the Pistons, so he will need to be contained as well.
Expect to see a lot of Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott, who both had solid games against the Pelicans. The Bulls are looking for reliable backups and will turn to their last two first round picks to get that. Portis was a very popular player before the draft among the DBB community, so it will be nice to see him play (or imagine him playing).
Players to Watch
Pistons: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
After starting off the preseason with a bang, KCP has been a bit quiet. He will have a tough match up with Jimmy Butler, and he is also playing on the road, but I expect him to bounce back. The Pistons need to get him more catch-and-shoot opportunities, which he thrives at. With Reggie Jackson fully healthy and getting back into rhythm, I expect this to happen.
Bulls: Jimmy Butler
With Derrick Rose out for a few more weeks, this is Jimmy Butler's team. He had a breakout year last year, and has become one of the top shooting guards in the league. It will be fun to watch (or imagine) him and KCP going at it. Both are solid defenders, but can also catch fire and burn anybody. With not much else in terms of scoring, I expect a big game out of Butler.
Last Time We Met
Apr. 3, 2015 at the United Center-Bulls 88, Pistons 83
A bad 2nd quarter by the Pistons in which they were outscored 22-9 put the Pistons down 47-35 at half. The Pistons closed the gap in the 3rd and tied the game going into the 4th. However, the Bulls won in the end by beating the Pistons in the 4th quarter 29-23. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 22 points and 9 assists. Andre Drummond contributed with 14 points and 22 rebounds, seven of which were offensive. KCP also scored 14.
For the Bulls, Pau Gasol scored 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Jimmy Butler scored 18 points. Nikola Mirotic came off the bench to score 11 points. Despite Andre Drummond's effort, the Bulls outrebounded the Pistons 54-46.
-- Anthony Tolliver and Doug McDermott both went to Creighton University.
-- Jordan Crawford was born in Detroit.
-- Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg coached Bulls guard Jake Anderson at Iowa State.
Bulls 98, Pistons 87
Pistons: Jackson, KCP, Morris, Illyasova, Drummond
Bulls: Hinrich, Butler, Dunleavy, Gasol, Noah
Pistons: Jennings (Achilles), Blake (Concussion), Martin (Hand), Granger (Knee)
Bulls: Rose (Orbital Fracture)
Do you think players like Jordan Bachynski and Darrun Hilliard will get more minutes tonight because it is the second night of a back-to-back?