Bulls Play Like S#!& Again
By Benjy Lipsman in News on May 8, 2007 12:23PM
It was a different night, but the same results for the Bulls in Game 2 in their best-of-seven series against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons jumped out to another early lead and never looked back, pounding the Bulls once again 108-87.
The Bulls were outplayed in every aspect of the game yet again. The Bulls still couldn't shoot; a 34% overall shooting percentage just won't cut it. Kirk Hinrich was 0 for 7 from the field, while Ben Gordon, Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni combined to hit just 11 of 29 shot attempts. In fact, rookie Tyrus Thomas led the team in scoring with 18, but most of that came in garbage time.
Detroit also outhustled the Bulls, outrebounded the Bulls, and generally played like the Bulls typically do. Against a better team, those are the things that allow the Bulls to win. But getting outrebounded by 21 certainly will not help. Neither does early foul trouble for a number of starters. Ben Gordon and P.J. Brown both saw their action limited by early fouls.
The series shifts back to Chicago on Thursday, where the Bulls have been pretty tough. They had the best home record in the Eastern Conference at 31-10 during the regular season. But will their home court be enough to get back into this series?
Ultimately, a loss is a loss whether by one point or 20 points, and all Detroit did was hold their home court advantage in the series. All the Bulls would need to do is win one game on Detroit's court to move on. Is that realistic? We'll have a better idea of which direction this series is headed after the next game. Chicagoist has spent the past two games sitting in about the same pose as Kirk Hinrich ... we certainly hope we're not like that again on Thursday!
Photo via AP Photo/Duane Burleson.