Chicago scored 35 in quarter number one to Detroit’s 20, setting the tone for nearly the entire game. At one point Chicago converted 10 straight field goal attempts in the first quarter. Final score: Chicago 108, Detroit 99.
Detroit would climb back and make it a one possession game during the second half, however, the Bulls always had an answer. Five Bulls scored in double figures with Zach LaVine leading the way with 25. Second-year big man Daniel Gafford scored an efficient 14 and Luke Kornet, also a second-year big man, scored 15. Kornet came in to the game with a 2.6 points per game average.
Coming in, three of the Bulls 13 wins had come against the Pistons. Now, push that total to four of 14. Yikes.
61-49 at half, advantage Bulls.
Bulls got any shot they wanted in the first half, scoring 61 (35 in first quarter) on 55-percent shooting. Chicago played the night before and didn’t seem to be lethargic.
Pistons were just not connected on defense in the first half. No consistent (see: smart) plan for the Bulls pick-and-roll attack. The Pistons also collectively jogged back on defense a few times, one time leading to an inexplicable Daniel Gafford bunny.
Greg Kelser at one point in the second quarter said that Detroit needs to ask themselves if they’re playing with full effort. You could definitively say that about the Pistons pretty much every other game this season.
Christian Wood put up eight points and seven rebounds in 12 first half minutes, yet gave up a number of plays in the paint to Gafford (also scored eight in first). Boxing out / getting a body on your man sometimes seems like a foreign concept to Detroit’s big men.
Sekou Doumbouya showing his playmaking ability and some touch in the second quarter:
Sekou Doumbouya continue de nous montrer sa panoplie de moves avec ce shake-and-bake. Toujours aussi prometteur. pic.twitter.com/xHJ5N1Sjlg— Pistons France (@DetPistonsFR) January 12, 2020
Derrick Rose to start the third quarter, which has been customary lately. Svi Mykhailiuk didn’t have a good first half, so he was the one to sit.
Andre Drummond was ejected after picking up two technical fouls during a weak back of head ball toss directed towards Gafford. One technical, alright. Two? The league is so soft sometimes. I miss the 90s.
Wood is very active since replacing Drummond. Well, since when is Wood not active? That’s never been his problem. Wood has been swatting everything, even doing the Mutombo finger wag after a rejection of a Kris Dunn shot.
Markieff Morris, back from a sore foot and seeing his first action since December 21st, is playing like he did to begin the season: that is, he’s playing poorly. Through three quarters he’s 0-of-7 from the field with four fouls. If Markieff has any value on the trade market, he’ll need to shake off the rust and shake it off quick.
Detroit wins the quarter 22-20. Bulls up 81-71 heading to the fourth.
Thon Maker gave the squad some valuable minutes and hustle, as usual.
Langston Galloway’s value is dropping by the game. He scored just three on 1-of-4 shooting in 20 minutes. Langston is shooting 39-percent from downtown this season, but just 33-percent (7-of-21) in January. He’s also generally not converting other scoring opportunities like floaters and
Derrick Rose’s trade value remains as high as it can. Despite the continued issue with turnovers, Derrick can get to his spots and make all kinds of shots. He scored a team-high 20 points on just 11 shots.
The Pistons will host the New Orleans Pelicans this Monday evening. The Pelicans have been ravaged by injuries most of the season, although there’s an outside chance Zion Williamson sees his first NBA action quite soon. Maybe it will be in Detroit.