The Bulls are very banged up at this point in the season, which isn’t a good sign. Only 18 games into the season, the Bulls have played most of those games without Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler. Now it’s Luol Deng. If this calf injury lingers and the Bulls are without Deng for an extended period of time, they are in trouble.
A nine point third quarter pretty much sums up how the night went for the Bulls. They were outscored by 15 points in the quarter and were unable to dig themselves out of that hole.
Taj Gibson started for the injured Luol Deng and continues to be impressive. Gibson had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 42 minutes on the floor. Mike Dunleavy and Marquis Teague combined for 26 points off the bench for a Bulls team that shot just 33% from the field.
Then on the other hand, the Bulls had trouble slowing down Piston’s point guard, Brandon Jennings. Jennings had 33 points and 5 assists on 12-22 shooting, including 5-8 from behind the arc. Kyle Singler was next on the scoring list for the Pistons, he had 12 points off the bench.
The Bulls will now wait until Tuesday when they welcome in the Milwaukee Bucks (4-16). I don’t have a timetable on when Deng will return to action, but lets hope it’s sooner rather than later. Tip off for the game against the Bucks is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.