Bulls-Pistons Preview

Detroit Pistons Status Check:
Record: 12-24
Division: 2-2
Conference: 8-11
Road Record: 3-16
Last game: Won 112-109 vs. Sixers (OT)
Last 10 Games: 4-6
PPG: 95.1 (24th)
Opponents PPG: 100.1 (18th)
Offensive Rating: 104.8 (22nd)
Defensive Rating: 110.4 (25th)
Pace: 89.1 (29th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .488 (18th)
Turnover Percentage: .131 (9th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .721 (25th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .255 (16th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .207 (27th)
Opp. eFG%: .519 (27th)
Opp. TO%: .138 (14th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .230 (15th)
Leading scorer: Rodney Stuckey (15.3 PPG)

Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.

Pistons Injury Report:
Jonas Jerebko: Right Achilles surgery (out 5-6 months)
Terrico White: Right foot surgery (out indefinitely)
Chris Wilcox: Strained left groin (questionable)

Overview:
By the number, the Pistons range from “terrible” to “average” in every category except turnover percentage. So, hey, they take care of the ball, which is nice.

Otherwise, they stink. Especially on the road. They’ve lost nine of their last 10 games outside of Detroit and their three road wins are against the Clippers, Kings and Raptors.

Still, the Pistons might feel hopeful after their 112-109 overtime win over the Sixers on Saturday. Austin Daye forced overtime by drilling a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation. Daye — who finished with 15 points — also scored the first five points of OT and Detroit went on to win.

Said Daye: ”(The future) really looks good to me, but hopefully it looks good to (team president Joe Dumars). Joe’s the one who drafted us … and I bet he’s pleased seeing us out there on the floor at the end of games, making plays.”

Dumars would probably feel better if his team wasn’t 12 games under .500.

Joe might also feel better if his team wasn’t playing in Chicago tonight. The Bulls are 16-3 in the United Center and the Pistons — a terrible offensive squad — face the daunting prospect of scoring against a Chicago team that ranks 2nd in Opponents FGP (43.2) and 6th in Opponents PPG (93.9).

The Bulls are even better at the UC, where they’re holding teams to about 91 PPG. And they’re giving up only 82.5 PPG over their last six home games. That includes three games in which their opponents scored fewer than 80 points.

And the Pistons may need help from God if they want to stop Derrick Rose. Forget the fact that he’s averaging 24.2 PPG and 8.1 APG while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. He’s finally figured out how to draw fouls.

Rose has earned 29 free throws in the last two games. He went 10-for-10 against the Sixers in Philly and notched career-highs in free throw attempts (19) and makes (15) in Saturday’s home win over the Celtics.

Said Rose: ”Usually I just try to take off and avoid the contact or take off, and they block my shot or something. (I’m) just making sure I take my time in the hole and go up to their body first.”

I bet the Pistons are thinking “uh oh” right about now.

After all, according to STATS LLC, Rose has averaged 25.8 points in four career home games versus the Pistons. In those games, Derrick has shot 62.5 percent from the field. And now he may be even more unstoppable than ever?

Like I said: “uh oh.”

Of course, what makes the Pistons so potentially dangerous is that they have a roster full of streaky shooters like Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Tracy  McGrady…any one or more of those guys could get hot at any time.

I’m not all that worried about it, but it could happen.

3 Responses to Bulls-Pistons Preview

  1. Inception January 11, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    hmm….CHI sure looks impressive vs. a 3-16 road team.

    *sarcasm*

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    Scottie Pimpin January 11, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    uh oh is right, and i dont know what up with these arkansas dudes and defense, but i can dig it , BULLS BABY BULLS !

  3. dunkatron January 11, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    STOP IT DERRICK!

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