Pistons vs. Bulls Game Preview - March 5, 2014
Regular Season Game #61The Chicago Bulls hope they're poised to learn from their latest loss and ready to begin another winning streak.
After seeing their four-game run end and losing for the second time in 11 games, the visiting Bulls look to rebound Wednesday night against a Detroit Pistons team trying to win two in a row for the first time in more than three weeks.
A day after Chicago (33-27) recorded a franchise-low three turnovers during a 109-90 rout of New York, it committed 28 that resulted in 30 points for Brooklyn in Monday's 96-80 road defeat.
"It was definitely a letdown," center Joakim Noah told the Bulls' official website. "The highs and lows of the NBA. It's all part of the journey."
The Bulls, one-half game behind Toronto for the third spot in the Eastern Conference, averaged 104.8 points during the four consecutive wins. Though it shot 46.4 percent Monday, the Nets scored the first eight points and led by as many as 18.
D.J. Augustin scored 16, but Noah had only 10 with six rebounds, one assist and six turnovers. The center recorded 13 points, 12 boards and 14 assists against the Knicks.
"Things can change quickly," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "So the important thing is to study this one, make our corrections, get ready for the next one. Sometimes you're not going to play great. When you don't play great, you have to bounce back and get the next one." Chicago hasn't dropped consecutive games since Feb. 1 and 3, but it's lost two of three to Detroit (24-36) since winning 18 straight in the series.
The Pistons, though, haven't won two in a row since a three-game run Feb. 7-10.
Andre Drummond had 17 points and a career-high 26 rebounds to match a single-season team record with his 44th double-double Monday, helping Detroit snap a four-game slide with a 96-85 home victory over the Knicks. Reserves Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey each scored 16 for the Pistons, 2-7 in their last nine.
"We definitely need to play like that more as a team; everybody needs to play with that type of heart and tenacity," Bynum said. Drummond matched Houston's Dwight Howard for the most rebounds in a game this season. His double-double team mark tied Bill Laimbeer's set in 1983-84, which Grant Hill equaled in 1995-96. "I haven't really seen a person (like) that who goes aggressively to the boards and gets a lot of tip-ins or extra possessions for a team," teammate Josh Smith told the Pistons' official website. "He's playing great for us."
Drummond, who grabbed 17 rebounds in each of the previous two contests, has also averaged 16.3 points in the last three. He's averaged 12.3 rebounds in his last four against Chicago but only 7.3 points in six career matchups with the Bulls.
Teammate Brandon Jennings is scoring 16.7 points per game, but he's averaged 7.5 and 28.1 percent shooting in the last six contests. He scored 33 and went 12 of 22 from the floor in a 92-75 win at Chicago on Dec. 7.
Noah had nine boards and two points on 1-of-7 shooting in that contest.
Augustin has scored 39 points and shot 11 of 19 in two games after totaling 26 and going 7 of 37 from the field in the previous four.