I didn't see too much of Bulls/Pistons on Wednesday night, but what I did see wasn't all that pretty as Detroit dominated the fourth quarter in a 114-91 victory. The Bulls were outscored 38-16 in the final frame, and while fourth-quarter action in preseason really doesn't mean much, the lackluster defense in that quarter and throughout this one (and much of the preseason) is somewhat concerning.
With Taj Gibson back in the fold, Fred Hoiberg started his jumbo lineup with Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic. Predictably, it didn't fare all that well, and Hoiberg went away from it in the second half.
Not that that mattered all that much, as the Pistons shot 54.4 percent overall and 9-of-21 from three. Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond all scored in double figures, and Reggie Bullock surprisingly poured in 17 points off the bench on 7-of-8 shooting, doing a lot of damage in the fourth quarter.
For the Bulls, E'Twaun Moore played pretty well back in the starting lineup with Kirk Hinrich out, scoring 16 points. Bobby Portis had 11 points in 21 minutes, but he also had five fouls and the Bulls were destroyed when he was on the floor (the same happened with Moore), so a bit of a mixed bag there. Gibson played 10 minutes, scoring four points and pulling down two rebounds.
Overall, not a great showing from the Bulls. Hopefully the big lineup thing is mostly dead, and hopefully the defense starts to show some improvement.