- Teams: Chicago Bulls (42-33) at Detroit Pistons (25-52)
- Date: April 7, 2013
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD
What to look for
This game is about two teams headed in incredibly different directions. The Chicago Bulls have been without Derrick Rose for the entirety of the season but they haven’t used that as an excuse to underperform.
The Bulls are currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference standings and have won six-of-eight contests. They also sport a positive scoring differential and have a shot at defeating the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs.
Tom Thibodeau’s leadership and direction have made the Bulls an incredibly tough out. Heck, the head coach’s success allowed him to recently sign a contract extension despite the long odds the team faced this season.
Murphy’s Law just doesn’t hit Chicago like it does other NBA cities.
The Detroit Pistons on the other hand are nowhere near close to being a .500 team. They’ve lost 8-of-10 games and do not seem to have a clear direction.
In addition, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Pistons’ coach Lawrence Frank might as well start looking for a new job in the offseason:
League coaching sources consistently submit Frank’s name as poised for dismissal when the regular seasons ends […]
The Pistons sport the third worst scoring differential in the east (minus-4.8) and have often looked listless.
The irony here of course is not lost on some of us. The last time Chicago and Detroit faced off on March 31, the Bulls were victorious in a fairly tight and competitive game that was decided by a point.
An argument could be made that both teams aren’t truly that far off, but the debate quickly ends when we take at look at the standings and notice the 17 wins separating both teams.
Detroit’s loss in Minnesota last night is somewhat indicative of the season as a whole. Despite facing a Timberwolves team with issues scoring the ball, they allowed Rick Adelman’s unit to hit them up for 107 points thanks to 24 turnovers.
Taking on the Bulls tonight should be a tougher task, but perhaps playing a divisional opponent at home should get them focused and lead to a good head-to-head matchup.