The Detroit Pistons (22-37) are left playing out the regular season in an effort to improve their young players and play the role of spoiler when possible among teams jockeying for post-season positioning.
On Sunday evening, the Pistons host the Chicago Bulls (45-14) as they try to make the Eastern Conference leaders further delay their quest to clinch to top spot in the East. The game presents yet another challenge for the Pistons of late as they are 1-4 in their last five games with their only win against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. The losses have come against playoff contenders in Atlanta, Miami and Orlando as well as the Milwaukee Bucks who are fighting to sneak into the playoffs.
Meanwhile the Bulls are trying to fine tune their playing rotations for playoff action while trying to help Derrick Rose round into top shape after the dynamic point guard missed 13 of the last 15 games with a bad ankle. Rose is coming off a poor shooting performance when he made just one of 13 shots in Chicago's win over Miami on Thursday night. With or without Rose, the Bulls have been impressive, notching wins over Boston, New York and Miami in the last ten days.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 6:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.