Bulls Beat Pistons, Moving One Game Out of Playoff Spot: 119-107

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Bulls Beat Pistons, Moving One Game Out of Playoff Spot: 119-107

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The Chicago Bulls are undefeated! Well, at least against the Detroit Pistons.

The Bulls picked up their second-straight road victory with a 119-107 win over the Pistons tonight. Now, 3-0 against the boys up north, the Bulls have moved one game out of a playoff spot (I know, I can’t believe I’m writing that sentence either).

A lot of games rest ahead, and the Bulls schedule only gets tougher, but the fact that this 12-19 team is only one game behind at the moment proves just how weak the bottom of this Eastern Conference really is. A lot of bad basketball, folks.

Still, talking anything playoffs feels absurd, so instead, I’d just recommend enjoying some of these recent wins. All things considered, the Bulls have shown some improvement as of late (whether you want them to or not). Through the month of December, they’re now 6-5 and  have taken care of two “should beat” teams in a row. Plus, the scoring effort has been pretty nicely balanced thanks to Lauri Markkanen’s more consistent play and Tomas Satoransky’s aggressive approach.

I’m not going to go as far as to say this team is starting to click, but Kris Dunn sure will.

Dunn is at least right about one thing, Coby White looked like his early-season self! The rookie knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 19 points in just 18 minutes of action.

Check it out:


When the Bulls can get some buckets from Satoransky along with sparkplug minutes from White off the bench, this truly feels like a different team. Full disclosure, I didn’t get to watch the entirety of tonight’s game from start to finish as usual but even seeing these two contribute the way they did on the stat sheet makes an obvious difference.

Anyway, with the Magic and Hawks up next, the Bulls do have a legitimate opportunity to gain some momentum before heading into a tough three-game stretch against the Bucks, Jazz, and Celtics. By no means am I hanging my hat on anything; after all, mometum is as foreign of a concept to the Bulls as celebrating Christmas is to the Grinch (before his heart grew 3 sizes, of course). But, hey, we can all hope for a little holiday miracle!

Let’s all raise a glass of eggnog to the Bulls tonight and drink to (hopefully) improved basketball!

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.