The night started off well for the Pistons as they welcomed the Eastern Conference leading Bulls to town, but as the Pistons soon found out, the Bulls have a MVP candidate on their team. Rose scored 27 points on the night to go with 7 assists. The game was back and forth for a little over 11 minutes in the first quarter until Derrick Rose took the game over.
He scorched the Pistons for 10 points in a 47 second span, which was finished off by his buzzer beating 3 pointer to give the Bulls a 10 point 1st quarter lead. A lead they never relinquished, although the Pistons cut the lead down to 3 points on several occasions. The Bulls responded every time, a sign of a true championship caliber team.
Richard Hamilton scored 30 points for the Pistons and was well rewarded for his aggressive play as 11 of his 30 points came from the free throw line. But it was not enough, as the Pistons simply could not overcome the countless mistakes they made. They committed 20 turnovers on the night (guess they weren’t countless) and the Bulls took full advantage of it, scoring 27 points off those turnovers.
The lead the Bulls built up at the end of the 1st quarter held into half time. The Pistons came out with some intensity and scored 6 straight points, narrowing the lead to 5 points. They would narrow lead down to as little as 3 points on two occasions. Richard Hamilton drove to the basket and was fouled in the process of making the basket. He made the following free throw to make the game 65-62 with just under 7 minutes to play.
The Bulls responded with a run that left the Pistons chasing for the rest of the game. The Bulls went on a 12-0 run that spanned over 5 1/2 minutes and saw the Pistons miss 6 consecutive shots and commit 4 turnovers. The Pistons did muster up some backbone at the end and made the game a lot closer than it appeared, so that is slightly satisfying.
The problem I have is that I feel like I write the same thing every night about this team. They constantly give up big runs to opposing teams at critical points in the game. They cut a big lead down to a couple points, and then they follow it up with poor shooting and bad decisions. These are common occurrences for this team and the blame is on the coaching staff.
Change is not something I tend to endorse, as coaches and players deserve their chances to settle in to a team, but this season is over and the front office is going to have to look long and hard at this team. My first move as a GM would be to replace the coach with someone who is proven or has been coaching under a proven coach. There are some players I would love to ship off, but that is a discussion that deserves its very own article.
About the Author
Written by Colton Turnquist
I have been an avid sports fan my entire life and even pursued a professional sports career in golf. I played professionally for three and half years trying to make it on the PGA Tour, but never broke through. I want to stay involved with sports and what better way than writing about them!