The Detroit Pistons move onto (2-0) while the Chicago Bulls fall short and end up (0-2)
With :10 seconds left the Pistons came out a timeout and ran a play for Ish Smith, Smith cut to the lane and put up what ended up being the game-winning layup, putting the Pistons up 118-116.
Despite the tough loss, the Bulls have something to still be happy about, young guard Zach Lavine showed once again that he just might actually be worth the big contract he got in the off-season. Lavine did the best he could for his team putting up 33 points, 3 of which included a big-time 3 point jumper to tie the game at 116. Despite a slow night offensively, developing big man Bobby Portis still did his part grabbing 13 rebounds on top of his 6 points.
Even though he fouled out with 1:19 left in the fourth, he still added a signature double-double putting up 10 points on top of grabbing his 13 rebounds. Coach Casey showed he has heaps of confidence in veteran guard Ish Smith as he continued to have him out there in clutch minutes and Ish showed why, although his 15 points may not seem to be a lot in the box score, they came when the Pistons needed most including the game-winning layup.
Without a doubt, tonight’s win is due in a major way to Blake Griffin and his monstrous performance. Blake went 5-7 from deep on his way to putting up 33 points on top of 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At many points of the night, for better or worse it seemed that coach Casey was set on letting Blake do his thing and getting his own buckets.
Overall, it looked rough at certain points and the defensive schemes left a lot to be desired but a wins a win. Young guards Luke Kennard and Bruce Brown jr didn’t see the floor tonight, assumably because of Lukes lingering knee issues and is not in complete shape and Bruce because of his rough offensive performance on opening night.
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