Robin Lopez made his triumphant return to the starting lineup against the Pistons after not playing since the All-Star break. Like Justin Holiday against the Grizzlies, Lopez didn’t miss a shot (he took four of them). He even made a 3-pointer! Lopez and Holiday both played the entire first quarter as the Bulls took a five-point lead. They didn’t play the rest of the night, and the Bulls promptly got their ass kicked and took a 99-83 loss. But, hey, this ended a 17-game streak of allowing 100 points.
Cameron Payne also recorded a career-high 17 points, which is probably the most fitting thing ever. Payne did do some of his damage in the second quarter when the game was still close, but he also did a lot in the ugly second half and has been making a killing in garbage time lately. Shooting efficiently (6 of 10 overall and 4 of 6 from 3) is progress, though, so yay Cameron Payne?!
There was almost nothing else to like about this one. Kris Dunn was the only other Bull in double figures with 13 points on 12 shots. The Bulls shot a rancid 35.5 percent from the field for the game and 28.3 percent in the second half. This basically sums things up right here:
Kris Dunn three ends a run of 10 straight missed shots from outside the paint for the Bulls spanning 15 minutes.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) March 10, 2018
The trio of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis were the biggest culprits in the brickfest. They combined to shoot an unfathomably poor 7 of 37 overall and 0 of 10 from 3. I want to say that’s discouraging, but it’s just so bad it’s funny.
Blake Griffin led the Pistons with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. He and Reggie Bullock both knocked down three triples, with Bullock also pouring in 21 points for the game. This win ended a four-game losing streak.