.337 – The field goal percentage of the Bulls’ shooting in Game 3, as Chicago lost to the Detroit Pistons 81-74 Thursday night to go down 3-0 in the series. Despite the Bulls having four players in double figures in rebounds (Luol Deng – 14, Ben Wallace – 12, Kirk Hinrich – 11, P.J. Brown – 10 ) and outrebounding the Pistons by 17, including 12 on the offensive glass, it was their poor shooting that led to their demise, as the Pistons managed to win shooting only .395% themselves. That’s because the Bulls managed only 30 second-half points after Detroit scored just 28 points in the first half and blowing a 19-point lead in the third quarter at home. That’s definitely worse than Chicago’s 47-point combined drubbing in the first two games.
Deng and Ben Gordon have both gone downhill shooting-wise since their series with the Heat. Check out their shooting percentage in their four wins against Miami and in their three losses against the Pistons:
Deng – Then: 44 for 76 (.579%), Now: 19 of 50 (.380%)
Gordon – Then: 31 for 70 (.443%), Now: 9 for 32 (.281%)
Together – Then: 75 for 146 (.514%), Now: 28 for 82 (.341%)
No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win a seven-game series, but the Bulls better start playing the way they did when they impressively swept the defending champion Miami Heat in the first round or else they should expect to get impressively swept themselves.
Game 4 is Sunday at Chicago at 12:30 pm PST on ABC.