As we all saw in the series against the Heat, the Bulls can out-run an older team, both in transition and through ball-movement in the half-court. The Pistons aren't nearly as decrepit as the Heat, but the Bulls still have that advantage in this series. And while the Bulls can't make the Pistons any older, they can get younger, and that means more Tyrus Thomas, who's had some of his best games against the Pistons.
Time for Skiles-a-plenty:
Well excuse me for blindly liking the guy who blocks and dunks. You can take that 'know where everybody is' stuff, I want the Pistons to get a front row seat to Tyrus Thomas Teabaggin' Theater! (this is why I'm not a coach)
Sam Smith saw something I didn't during the Heat series, but he had a press pass, no fair:
Well that's two mentions of Tyrus' ability to get behind the Pistons' defense, but another way Thomas can help is through offensive rebounding, a weak link in the Pistons defense (25th in the league). Beyond that, it's also the idea of putting pressure on the Detroit frontcourt. When guys can't handle Tyrus athletically (and besides what may have happened in the Heat series, Tyrus isn't afraid to try and create a shot) he does draw fouls, and can generally create havoc on both ends.
I was advocating Tyrus over Noc before the Heat series too, but I can see why Skiles didn't play him much in the Heat series: because he didn't have to. When Thomas came out there and didn't perform Skiles could go back to Nocioni as the backup big and know that he still had the overall advantage in athleticism and speed. But that's because of just how slow and old the Heat were.
I believe against the Pistons, Tyrus Thomas won't be as much of a luxury as a need. The Pistons are much taller in their frontcourt rotation and especially considering that Noc may be hobbled, Skiles should be more ready to take on the risk of playing Tyrus to exacerbate their team strengths. I don't think the Bulls can out-grit the Pistons, that's playing into their style. Against Webber and Wallace (and McDyess, Dale Davis, and the actual athlete of the group Jason Maxiell) the Bulls can counteract by having a guy who can jump over their heads, while hoping he figures out the rest along the way.