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The Bulls not only wrecked the Pistons' Palace coronation. They forced them to sit through a virtual re-run of Sunday's meeting in Chicago. Just like in Game 4, Chauncey Billups got in foul trouble, Rasheed Wallace lost his temper and Tyrus Thomas got to do his kangaroo act.
The only difference for Detroit was Flip Murray didn't get to dunk on Kirk Hinrich.
Could the Bulls actually make history and become the first NBA team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series?
Maybe. Chicago is headed back home for Thursday's Game 6 riding a wave of confidence and knowing it blew a 19-point lead in the second half of Game 3. Otherwise the Bulls might be leading this series 3-2 right now.
Ben Gordon is heating up. Thomas is bringing energy off the bench. P.J. Brown is quietly doing all the dirty work inside.
If Ben Wallace were ever to decide to join the party (like he did in Game 4), Chicago just might be able to shock the world.
But as scary as the Bulls might be starting to look to Motown, here are three reasons why the Pistons have no reason to panic just yet:
Chicago won't shoot as well as it did in Game 5. Not over two more games. The Bulls basically turned into the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, swishing deep shots all over. Gordon, Hinrich, Luol Deng and Chris Duhon were especially hot. They might be able to do it again in Game 6, but it would be extremely unlikely they could keep burning the nets for a third straight contest -- especially in a Game 7 back at The Palace.
Billups won't get in foul trouble. It's no coincidence the Bulls took off in Games 4 and 5 when the Pistons QB had to leave the floor with early foul problems. Chicago needs turnovers and fast break points to generate offense, but it doesn't get nearly as many when Billups is controlling the flow. Chicago went on a 15-2 run in the third quarter of Game 5 to blow it open after Billups picked up his fourth foul with 7:46 left and the Pistons trailing just 70-62.
The Pistons have been here before. Last year they blew a 2-0 series lead to the Cavs in the East semifinals, losing three straight, before getting serious again and taking the next two. This is just the way Detroit goes about its business. It seems as if the Pistons need to be slapped in the face to wake up.
Win or lose, the Bulls have shown mental toughness in this series. It's another reason to think they can crack the NBA's elite soon. But coming back from a 3-0 deficit to beat a veteran team like the Pistons is just too much to ask.
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Too much to ask would be for the Pistons fans to show some class
We only lost 10 games at home this season (Chicago Bulls) and the series is on the way back to chi-town. There is no way with all of this confidence that our ROOKIES are showing and the great defense they are playing, and the calm nature lets not forget, they have alot of momentum in their favor. There is no doubt going to be a 7th and final game in D-town.....Watch out Detroit....The Bulls Are Back and Charging
Should the Bulls come back from 0-3 and win the series, it could only mean one thing: a changing of the guards in the East.
It's not hard to imagine the Baby Bulls upsetting the solid but aging Billups, Sheed, C-Webb, and McDyess.
Until the Bulls make history, it's still just a tall task that's easier said than done.
in 7. I'm betting the Bulls win at home with the frenzy crowd behind them, but Game 7 at Palace is definitely in Detroit's favor.
The smart money would undoubtedly be on the Pistons putting the Bulls away emphatically, if not in Game 6 then most definitely in Game 7... but truly, the Bulls are performing at an incredible level right now.
I would never count out a young squad this hot and complementary, though... Hinrich, Deng and Gordon with some help from Tyrus Thomas are crashing this 3-0 series with a bang, and this seems like the year for pulling off improbable postseason heroics. Go Bulls!
But it would be nice though if they could, right?!
Go Bulls, show them you can do it.
Well, I guess there is no point in watching the rest of the series, since Marty Burns told us the outcome.
Sports writers as the announcers these days comment on anything, overexplaining, getting into immaterial nonsense that really has little or anything to explain the caliber of the action taking place.
Pistons are to good to let this slip away
pistons in 6.
This is the year for the Pistons. They're going all the way. Every team has slip ups now and then, but they're going to put these two games behind them and beat the bulls in 6.
Two down. Two more to go. The Bulls just have to take it one game at a time. Granted they probably won't shoot 70% from the field again. But if they keep running their offense, rebound, force turnovers, and keep Billups off the floor, they have a very good chance and making history. Billups is the glue to the Pistons. If he's not on the floor, then they will self destruct.
Just so people know... what on earth is the Bulls have only lost ten home games talking about??? The ROOKIES are showing what? The individual that states that the Pistons are to good.... etc.. should have put 'too' good.... Anyway.... Go Bulls... Let's win Game Six at home and let it all on the line Game Seven back in the Palace.... by then the Pistons are going to be nervous.
I think its time for a team in the NBA to win a series after being down 3-0. Bulls in 7!!
From watching Bulls play Pistons and other teams in regular season, I thought that Bulls are going to win pretty easily in the playoff series against Piston. The first two games were just out of ordinary.
Looking at the game 3, 4 and 5 I think Bulls are playing like they played in the regular season and if they continue to do so for next two games, I would predict Bulls to Win in 7. It's hard to imagine Pistons defending their basket under the rim and at the perimeter at the same time.
I've been watching the Pistons all season and they just get in a funk sometimes - I can't explain it.
I was AMAZED that they went up on Chicago 3-0, as I know Chicago is a very good, tough, young team. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.
Chicago was lights out in Game 5 and as soon as Billups picked up a 4th foul early in the 3rd, I sent my kids to bed and watched the Red Wings.
I am still a Piston Fan, but you'd have to be crazy to think that the Bulls won't give them a run for their money. I could see this going 7 games and then its anyones game at that point. Wake-Up, Detroit!!! You have to win 4 games not 3!!
Posso says that the Bulls are the best team in the East. They got off to a sloppy start against Detroit, but absolutely have the talent and drive to get the next four. It's going to happen. First the Mavs, now the Pistons.
damn!!i'm dissapointed on the pistons.they should have finish the bulls.hope they win game 6,lets show chicago we can get it done anywhere !!!!!!!!!GO PISTONS!!!!GO DUMARS!!!!!!!
If the pistons were such a "great" team, they should not let their guard down and act like they are so cocky they can show up and win. I hope the Bulls stick it to em the next two games. I am sick of the Pistons getting credit for being a "great" team. Great teams dont take nights off. Did you see Jordan's teams slack in the playoffs knowing they were up 2-0 or 3-0? No. The pistons are nothing more than a crybaby team, who are very good, but never to be considered "great".
There will be a 7th game. We got the Pistons on their heels and all the excuses in the world won't make up for hustle last night.
If the Bulls upset Detroit it would give our baby Bulls something out from under the shadow of the Jordan/Pippen era...
Not hard to see them starting off a new era like breaking a record of thier own.
The Bulls better just look ahead to game 6, and not ahead to game 7. Just because these last 2 games went well, and just because the next is at home, is no reason to take it for granted. Win game 6 first, then start thinking about history.
Aging or not Billups is the key, heart, soul, motor....whatever you want to call it he's it. With him on the floor it's a very tough team for the Bulls. Minus him the Bulls are beating them handily. As a Bulls fan I'm lobbying for a 2 game suspension for Billups for leaving the bench.....so what if it was after the game.
Gimme a break, Bulls will go out with a whimper on Thursday.
Pistons will roll by 25, the game will be done by the end of the third quarter.
But thanks for the wakeup call. I guess even low level teams can out play the elite for a game or two.
This is all planned out to bring in fans/money for the two teams - Chicago fans are great but lets be real - the longer any series goes the better it is for revenues via this season and the next. Think about it.
Hey, the Pistons shot lights out in games 1 and 2 and the third quarter of game 3 while the Bulls were cold. The Bulls took 3 of 4 games over the season from the Pistons - 4/4 is not much different. The Bulls are hot - the Piston are not.
Hey, the Pistons shot lights out in games 1 and 2 and the third quarter of game 3 while the Bulls were cold. The Bulls took 3 of 4 games over the season from the Pistons - 4/4 is not much different. The Bulls are hot - the Piston are not.
Piston Pete-if the the Bulls are low level-what does that make the Pistons the last two games? High School level?
This much we know: if the Bulls play their best and Billups is on the court (which he will be), then the games are a tossup. So I expect game six to go down to the final buzzer. And if the Bulls win...it will be a fun weekend anticipating game seven!
ALL the pressure is on the Pistons to win this series now. No matter what happens from this point forward, win or lose, the Bulls are not going to roll over. They're having fun now, they've figured out what Detroit is trying to do.
Will the Bulls win the next 2? Who knows? But I wouldn't count them out nor would I automatically say Detroit is going to win. This series is up for grabs now, and Detroit is starting to crumble under all that pressure....
Yes, the Bulls could make history. For these reasons-the Boston Red Sox, George Mason University, and the Golden State Warriors. Those 3 teams have shown over the past 3 years that it's never over until it's over. No lead is safe anymore, no team is the absolute favorite, and any series is up for grabs until someone wins 4 games.
The Bulls aren't going to win it all, but not because I don't want to see them win. They just aren't ready for this sort of turnaround. They are still one player away from being a premiere team and the Pistons have seen this situation before. I wish the Bulls luck, but I'll be rooting for the Pistons in the conference and league finals.
Seriously, if the Bulls didn't blow a 19 point lead in Game 3, this series would be 3-2 in favor of Chi-Town.
The Pistons will lose a nail biter in Game 6, and then Mr. Ben Wallace will FINALLY show up for Game 7 (mainly because it is Game 7, and partly because he will show up his old team) and then it's BYE BYE Pistons.
There is NO WAY the Pistons will lose 4 in a row, games 4 & 5 were just the wake up call they needed. The Bulls are not going to be able to shoot 70% again even though it will be at home. I think their egos will get the best of them in game 6 and they will crumble like they did with their 19 pt lead in game 3. The Pistons are an excellent road team and will come out on fire Thursday and wrap this thing up. We know that they play their best with their backs up against the wall...hey whatever works
two words for Piston Pete: Dallas Mavericks - and the Bulls are certainly a better team than the Warriors. Remember, anybody can beat anybody on any given night these days!
I am not an expert in this game
but one thing I won't miss is
Detroit players' attitude problem.
I feel Rasheed is a deterrant to
the team and should be thrown out
of the league.
Piston Pete, do you promise to post something after Friday's game regardless of outcome?
A short series is not good for business; gate receipts, tv coverage sales, pizza/hotdog sales, etc. The NBA just wants to take more of our money. Just imagine how much money one game can generate. Having said that, it will be Pistons in 7.
Watch out Detroit-your old legs are catching up to you. Chicago has outplayed the Pistons the last 3 games, except for the 4th quarter of Game 3.Time for some new blood to rule the NBA.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a seven games series. So odds are the NBA is due for this to happen. How could it not? (I know this logic is flawed, maybe?)
c'mon! a low level team?! they just swept the defending champs.
I'm sick and tired of all these "nobody has come back from..." and "making history..." comments. The Pistons are up 3 games to 2. Who cares in what order they happened in??? All I know is the Bulls are hot and playing the way they did against Miami - loose and with lots of confidence and the next game is in Chicago. Go Bulls!!!
if they can out play them for a game or two, or maybe 5 this year so far seeing as we won the season series too, why not 7 games?
Chicago WILL NOT win this series. I think it ends on Thursday. They were invisible the first two games and blew a huge change in the third game. But they have shown heart and a lot of soul in this series. Win or lose, I think this is the Pistons' last year of dominance in the East. The Bulls will take over the East next year, with the Lebrons a close second.
Piston Pete, with a stupid name like that, everyone expects you to be biased, but you sound like you're on the Pistons yourself. Why not admit that the Bulls are on the upswing, and the Pistons may have already peaked. I guess that would make it harder for you to live vicariously through other people
Wow, Pistal Pete... can you spell denial for me?
No way the Bulls can shoot 70% again in game 6? Perhaps, but as good as they looked at the Palace last night, the Bulls were outscored 14-2 from the foul line in the first quarter and could improve dramatically on the defensive boards. If they take of those two stats, they can win games 6 and 7 without lights out shooting.
I think the bulls take this in 7. Did you see the old man Pistons last night. They were simply exausted! I don't think they have anything left in their tank. The Bulls are young and full of energy. Its hard for the Pistons to even keep up at this point.
I think it'll be
Pistons 89 Bulls 80
im a long time bulls fan i was there during the good (90s)and the bad....this team is just amazing to watch...i dont think the bulls will win this series and i dont think they will even win game 6,but atleast look at the fight they are putting up the "we will fight till death" mentality is just amazing..the pistons are a better team overall but this will be the last year we will hear that...pistons in 6 (by 14)...(although if any team in the NBA has a chance to pulloff a redsox move it would be this team,i wish it would happen)
i think the bulls did so well because they've been playing with a different mentality over the past two games.
they seem to respond well to pressure, and playing with nothing to lose seems to be working.
lets hope the bulls just play ball and not overanalyze too much.
Statistics rule the world.
The Bulls shot terribly in games 1-3 (mid 30%s). Well, during the year they shot 43%. So, the law of averages says they should improve, and they did in games 4-5.
Over the series:
Chicago Bulls 41.4
Detroit Pistons 43.4
The series ended when the Pistons won game 3. It is possible that the Bulls continue to shoot a very high percentage, but not very probable.
Why is flopping rewarded?
Well, like clockwork the Flip Saunders meltdown has begun. I'm not saying the Bulls will do it, but if it were to ever happen (an NBA team wins a series after being down 3-0), this just might be the 1st.
Without imploding in Game 3 and blowing a 19 point lead, the Bulls would have the Pistons on the brink of elimination. They are playing better than they are given credit for, most likely because of the first two games.
The simple fact is that in the first three games, the Bulls shot WELL BELOW their season averages. That is a kiss of death for a team that relies on a lot of jump shots. But they don't need to shoot lights out like last night. Just shooting in line with their average would be fine. They have started to figure Detroit out, and Detroit's again bodies are getting tired.
It is still a tough task, but with the way they've been playing, I don't think there is any reason to think the Bulls will lose Game 6. At the very least, they should be favorites playing at home. If they manage to win that one, it's a one game series and the Bulls will be riding a lot of momentum into Game 7.
Anything can happen.
Hola everybody, yo espero que los Bulls ganen la serie contra los Pistons, yo se que es muy dificil, but i believe in Chicago Bulls. Chicago tiene un equipo muy joven, solo 2 o 3 jugadores con mas de 3 años de experiencia, pero i think they can make it, well i have a great day and good luck for Pistons and Bulls, hope Chicago wins the series and make history. Bengy from Mexico.
Only goes to show how biased the media can really be. Nothing more than bandwagoners. Pathetic. Pathetic also describes how detroit has played for 3 games now, if they were that great it would be done. The bulls slapped detroit around in the regular season, and there is no reason to think that now that they have their confidence back that they wont give everthing they got to pull the series out. Anything is possible, and the bulls seem to always pull out the impossible. Just ask the 91 Bulls after they spanked Detriot out of the playoffs to win the championship that year.
Actually, should the Bulls come back from 0-3 and win the series, it'll mean more than a "changing of the guards" in the East. WAAAY more. Can we do it? Sure. Will we do it? No one knows. (Not even you, Pistol. But then again, you woulda been leaving with the lemmings last night during the Mass Emptying of the Palace.)
All I know is what I saw last night was Bulls basketball...the way it's supposed to be played, and the way the Bulls play when they're playing their game. And win or lose on Thursday, the Bulls fans will stick around until the game is truly over...not leave with six minutes to go.
Some cities' fans deserve championships. Detroit's fans proved last night that they don't.
Old legs cant continue to run and gun with the young bulls. The bulls have figured it out. Take billups out you end detriot. Why would they end that formula. BYE BYE DETRIOT. I know they wanted to make histroy but...I dont think they wanted to be the first team to go up 3-0 and then get spanked out of the series. Go bulls, detriot is overated.
The reason why the Pistons have not put away the Bulls is money. The NBA and TNT have to recoup operating costs and then make a proft, hence the need for more games on TV. Look at the officiating if you need even more proof this is true.
You people amaze me sometimes. Win 2 games in a row and all of a sudden the Pistons are not only tired, but are going to be a much worse team next year, considering their top 3 players (Billups, Prince, Hamilton) are all under 31. I'm sure the two draft picks (15, 27) will also contribute to them being a much worse team next year. Jason Maxiell (24), and his 15 P.E.R will also only make the Pistons that much worse. Pistons in 6, get a clue.
P.S. Throw in Amir Johnson (20) too on the train of reasons why Pistons will be a lottery team next year.
If the Bulls continue to play 48 minutes of intense energetic B-ball and focus on winning Game 6, there will be a Game 7 and the Pistons will really have something to worry about. The Bulls are playing confident, like they did in the Miami series and they are moving the ball well.
Gordons hot and Tyrus is finally getting the minutes we need him to play. Bulls in 7!
there's no question that the bulls have the momentum, the confidence and the young talent to take this series to the end and win it, and i love my bulls for that reason. at the same time, game 6 is huge cuz the pistons are awake again but the bulls are at home where they almost never lose and they believe in themselves more now than ever. it's gonna be a good fight. either way, the bulls have made this a series again, and the haters and the deranged alike, have had to shut the hell up.
Bulls in 7, NBA new history is written. Bulls win NBA Champ over the Jazz. New Bulls Dynasty begins.
Remember Piston fans, there is a new playing style in the NBA, you cannot teach old dogs new tricks, that goes for Webber and R Wallace!!! What worked couple of years ago, do not work now!!!
It's a long way to history, but here is a Chicago fan's viewpoint on your post.
- Chicago doesn't need to shoot last night's percentage to beat Detroit. See Game 4.
- Billups may or may not be in foul trouble in Game 6, unless you have some sort of crystal ball. Hinrich and Gordon (and PJ Brown) have been in foul trouble pretty much the whole series. The Bulls can survive without either of their starting guards. Can Detroit?
- This year's Bulls are better than last year's Cavaliers.
I think that this years Bulls are better than this years Cavs, as well.
The East winner will go through this series!!
The Bulls have too much speed and youth for the Cavs and the Pistons have too much talent and experience. As a Piston fan, its hard not to like the toughness of the Bulls. I like the Bulls except when they're kicking my team's butt.
Just wish the Pistons would get it in gear. Blowing 2 straight closeout games is really stupid. This is when GREAT teams are supposed to get it done!!
No way will the Bulls win in seven.
They are not seasoned enough..
Could the Bulls Make History? Sure. Anything is possible. The Pistons have not played well enough the past two games to win. Bulls D and Pistons lack of offense really handed it to them yesterday. The former more so than the latter. If the Pistons can somehow change their mindset, If Billups can stay on the floor, If the team limits its turnovers and the bigs at least match the rebounding of Chicago, then Detroit should win. Lately those are big "IF"'s. If not, then the pressure is transferred to the Pistons, but for one more game the Bulls are under the gun. We shall see, nothing like playoff basketball. One last thing, did you see that hit on Nash, wow, he can probably take a hip check though, he is Canadian. GO PISTONS!!
i told me and my dad that if the bulls win game four and steal game 5 they will do exactly like the red sox in 04 down 3-0 to an archrival with their backs against the wall. I think the pistons will lose game 6 but win in 7
All i'm gonna say is that if Billups doesn't get into any foul trouble and plays in each quarter in game 6, Pistons will blow out the Bulls just like in game 1 and 2.
I personally would love to see it Chi-town coming back from 0-3 to win the series. Not just for the drama, but to bring even more parity back to the NBA playoffs, since they went to the 7-game first round. With Golden State's first round upset and the comeback, it would help revive the league abit.
The problem with the Pistons is that they get BORED with teams like the Bulls an the Cavs. I can't wait to see the looks on the Bulls fans faces when their team is put out of their misery on Thursday night! PISTONS IN 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the optimism of these chicago fans.... starved that you haven't been past the first round of the playoffs? reminiscing about the good ol' days of jordan/ pippen?
well don't write off detroit yet!!! everyone's expecting chicago to route detroit back at the united center.
but these are the detroit pistons we're talking about.... able to come back from behind 3-1 in previous series. able to beat cleveland last year after being behind 3-2!!!
and i'll guarantee you that the pistons are NOT gonna play like they did these past 2 games!!!
maybe next year, bulls fans!!!
pistons in 6!!!
It has been a series of one hot team & one cold team. The only close game score-wise was when the Bulls choked-away a 19-point lead. We are due for a tight game for at least one of the next two and I have to go with the veteran Pistons over my Bulls. I'm still cheering for the men in red.
go bulls!!! show that "never say die attitude" bulls in 7
Though I'm rooting for the Bulls, I think that it will be too difficult for them to win 4 in a row over Detroit with no margin for error- but the lessons they learn in this year's playoffs will be really valuable in the next few years.
Bulls are not that good. They will never again shoot 70% in a half for as long as the franchise is around. It's GAME OVA tonight!!! The Baby Bulls will be sent home where they belong. The raw talent of the Pistons is too much for them to handle. Two words for you Bulls fans: Chauncey B-B-B-Billups!
Two words: Da Bulls
Enjoy it while you can, Bulls fans. I commend the Bulls for not giving up....but if you seriously think they will win four straight over the Pistons, you are delusional.
Pistons in 6....or 7....it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.
Peace and Chicken Grease.