Drink: Maker’s Mark w/an orange peel
After the ATL snapped the Bulls 6-game winning steak, they were given 5 days off to think about it. I know the schedule says that they had one day off, but when the next 3 “games” will feature the Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards, it is NBA code for “light shoot-arounds.”
The Bulls started the game nailing jump shots, then missed jump shots, then nailed jump shots, then hit some jump shots. A couple years ago, they lived and died by the jumper. Tonight, they must have been inspired by having Ben Gordan and Ben Wallace in the building, as they flashed back to 2007 Bulls form. Against the Pistons, it didn’t matter, but against better teams, they’ll have to get the ball in the paint for some buskets. Carlos Boozer was on fire throughout the game and D. Rose flashed brilliance at will.
The Pistons were without Rodney Stuckey. This left them hopeless. Detroit is rebuilding and giving major minutes to developing players like Greg Monroe and Swedish sexecutioner Jonas Jerebko, who stands at an impressive 2.08 meters. Monroe looked particularly impressive and should develop quite well. Jerebko better hope Hollywood plans to make the other two Stieg Larsson books into movies, as he may need off-season work.
Pistons’ coach Lawrence Frank got so bored with his team, he decided to dance during a timeout.
The Pistons must have been mad at people sitting courtside, as they threw a lot of passes directly at fans during a 10 turnover 4th quarter. The only pissy moment of the final quarter, was realizing that the ovation for Brian Scalabrine was twice as loud as the one for Rose when he went to the bench with 4 minutes left. Way to understand basketball, Bulls fans.
In the end, the starters got some rest, the Bulls got a win and played solid defense. For the Bulls next shoot-around, something with scattered tufts of hair called a Ricky Rubio will play matador defense against Derrick Rose. Ole!