Tuesday , May , 15 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich & the Chicago Bulls Win Game Five, Detroit Pistons Look Lacksadasical

The Chicago Bulls embarrassed the Detroit Pistons winning game five by a 16-point margin … What’s up with the Bulls? … Where’s this momentum coming from? … And what’s up with the Pistons? … Why haven’t they closed this series out? Click here for your recap, reaction, and analysis …

What Happened:  Where were these in the first three games of the series? Has apathy once again set in on the?

These are a few of the questions being asked after game five of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons.

Here’s why these questions are being asked: The Chicago Bulls dominated the Detroit Pistons, winning game five 108-92 on Tuesday evening.

The Pistons, despite the loss and their poor play, still lead the series 3-2.

Once again Chicago’s young players led the way. scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting. chipped in with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich had 17 points and 13 assists.

Veteran P.J. Brown contributed 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Bulls made 72% of their shots in the first-half, which allowed them to build a significant lead.

For the third straight game, the Pistons were not at their best. Their defense was lackluster and, unlike the last two games, they did not even muster a late challenge.
led the way with 17 points and six assists. had 16 points, while scored 15 points.

Game six is Thursday in Chicago.

Reaction of Chicago guard Ben Gordon
on the Bulls getting back into the series:
 "A lot of people were writing us off. But we had a lot of confidence in ourselves and I think that showed in the last two games.”   (ESPN)

Reaction of Detroit guard Chauncey Billups
on his team’s recent stumbles:
 "I can’t say we did that intentionally, but it’s human nature when you get that kind of a cushion to let up a little bit. Our team, as you know, is not that good with cushions. Unfortunately, we’ve done that time and time again and have had to go on the road to win.”  (NBA.com)

Reaction of Detroit coach Flip Saunders on Chicago’s hot shooting:
"It’s tough to shoot 70 percent with no one guarding you in an empty gym, much less doing it in that kind of pressure situation. Having a team shooting like that is demoralizing.” (ESPN)

My Quick Take: The Pistons should be concerned-very concerned. Their play has been disappointing. However, I’m concerned with their attitude.

Through the series first two games, Detroit displayed the confidence and pedigree of a champion.

For the last three games, Detroit has looked distracted and uninterested. For example, in game five, they got caught-up arguing with the refs.

Like last year, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is definitely chilling in Motown. Unfortunately, this is an inopportune time for the Pistons to display schizophrenic tendencies.

The Bulls are heading home. They’re feeling good about themselves. They’re young stars are rolling. And Tyrus Thomas’ athleticism is presenting problems for Detroit.

Game six will be a war. I’m looking forward to watching a big playoff game in Chicago. It takes me back to my youth, watching those great Bull teams.

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