The Bulls jumped out to a 12-4 lead early on and have not trailed at all, but the Pistons have kept within striking distance despite their offensive troubles. Greg Monroe is pacing the Pistons with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 17 minutes.
Rodney Stuckey (groin) remains out for the Pistons, and Brandin Knight started in his place at point guard, but the rookie has two points and zero assists in 15 minutes.
The teams entered the game on opposite ends of the Central Division, as the Pistons (2-6) share the division cellar with the Milwaukee Bucks and are hoping to break a three-game losing streak while the Bulls (7-2) trail only the Miami Heat (8-1) in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 2-0 at home and the Pistons are 0-3 on the road.
The Pistons may have earned a solid home in over Orlando last week, but their slow start at 2-6 and their struggles on the road have seen them continue to fall in the NBA standings. SB Nation's NBA expert Tom Ziller has not been impressed with them so far, and as a result, he has Detroit at No. 28 in this week's NBA Power Rankings, only two spots above dead last:
For the rest of the season, Pistons fans should wake up, look at themselves in the mirror and say: "At least we have Greg Monroe."
At least Detroit's two victories this season have been impressive. They defeated No. 7 Indiana at home and No. 12 Orlando, so they are capable of competing with the better teams in the league. This week's schedule begins tonight with a difficult trip to Chicago to face the Bulls.