Lifeless Detroit Pistons get blown away 95-117 by Chicago Bulls

Mar 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo (9) dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Detroit Pistons have turned in a lifeless perfomance against the Chicago Bulls, falling 95-117 and slumping to a 34-38 record.

The loss means the Detroit Pistons are now tied with the Chicago Bulls in the standings and now find themselves in an uphill battle to make it into the playoffs.

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Signs were worrying early, with Chicago pulling off a first quarter 0-13 run and jumping out to 25-13 lead.

There were spurts of life in the following three quarters, most of which came from Jon Leuer and Stanley Johnson, but these were never sustained enough to give the Pistons a serious shot at winning the game.

The biggest talking point at tip-off was Stan Van Gundy’s decision to bench Reggie Jackson in favour of Ish Smith.

The decision was ultimately a mixed bag.

Smith had 9 points, 7 assists and 3 steals, however he picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter, which was less than ideal.

Jackson’s bench play didn’t set the world on fire either, as he dished out 4 assists but turned the ball over 3 times, while also shooting 30 per cent from the field.

The only other bright sparks for the Pistons were Andre Drummond‘s activity on the boards and Tobias Harris continuing his great shooting form.

Despite missing Dwyane Wade and Robin Lopez, the depleted Bulls had their way with the Pistons on the offensive end, shooting 58 per cent from the field and an insane 47 per cent from three, which is even more staggering considering they are second last in the league for three-point percentage.

Nikola Mirotic had a night out, dropping 28 points on 12 of 15 shooting.

B-. Ish Smith was a mixed bag as he took over the starting role from Reggie Jackson. He dropped 9 points and 7 assists and was very handy with 3 steals, however he was also in foul trouble for most of the game and picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter.. PG. Detroit Pistons. ISH SMITH

F. People weren’t happy with the lack of shots <a rel=. SG. Detroit Pistons. KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE

Marcus Moris again contributed on the scoreboard for the Pistons, scoring 14 points, however his 5 of 12 shooting and 0 of 4 from deep were less than stellar. Morris needs to fins his jumper soon.. SF. Detroit Pistons. MARCUS MORRIS. C

B. Tobias Harris chipped in a handy 14 points for the Pistons tonight on 50 per cent shooting, while also bringing down 4 rebounds and dishing 3 assists. Harris continues to be the shining light for the Pistons this season.. PF. Detroit Pistons. TOBIAS HARRIS

Detroit Pistons. ANDRE DRUMMOND. B. Andre Drummond had a monster night on the boards, grabbing 17, a considerably higher amount than his 7.3 average against the Bulls in the first three encounters this season. However, even with Robin Lopez not playing, Drummond was unable to dominate on the offensive end as he finished with only 8 points on 4 of 12 shooting. His game was also plagued with all the usual criticisms that have been thrown at him this season.. C

REGGIE JACKSON. D+. Reggie Jackson’s move to the bench wasn’t the smoothest transition in the world. He had just 6 points and 4 assists while shooting 30 per cent and turning the ball over 3 times.. PG. Detroit Pistons

Stan Van Gundy continued to give <a rel=. SG/SF. Detroit Pistons. REGGIE BULLOCK. D-

B. Stanley Johnson looked fired up against the Bulls, perhaps trying to send a message to Stan Van Gundy and show him that he was wrong to bench him last game. In his 16 minutes off the bench he dropped 12 points shooting per cent from the field and from three, while also pulling down 3 rebounds.. SF. Detroit Pistons. STANLEY JOHNSON

Detroit Pistons. JON LEUER. B+. Jon Leuer had himself a solid performance tonight, shooting the ball well and crashing the glass. He finished the night with 16 points on 62.5 per cent shooting, while also grabbing 6 rebounds, the second most for the team behind Andre Drummond.. PF

D-. <a rel=. C. Detroit Pistons. ARON BAYNES

B. <a rel=. C. Detroit Pistons. BOBAN MARJANOVIC

<a rel=. PG. Detroit Pistons. BENO UDRIH. Inc

Inc. <a rel=. SG. Detroit Pistons. DARRUN HILLIARD