Pistons Vs. Bulls: Chicago Cruises To 83-71 Victory

The Chicago Bulls (42-11) defeated the Detroit Pistons (18-33) on Friday night thanks to strong play from its frontcourt.

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Tom Thibodeau Contract Situation Won't Be Played Out In Public With The Bulls

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau won NBA Coach of the Year last season, and could be primed to win the award again in the 2011-12 season. In fact, no head coach in NBA history has ever reached the 100-win mark faster than Thibs, but all this success still hasn't led to a big extension with the Bulls. Thibodeau signed a two-year deal with a team option for a third season when he first joined the organization, which means the team controls his rights for another year, but that doesn't mean he is happy about the situation. But if he is displeased with the lack of an extension, it's all happening behind closed doors.

Mark Stein of ESPN reported on Friday that "the NBA's reigning Coach of the Year is dismayed that he hasn't been offered a more lucrative extension" and that "his displeasure with the situation is an open secret in team circles." However, when Nick Friedell followed up with the coach after Friday's win over the Detroit Pistons, Thibodeau denied feeling any frustration or displeasure:

"I don't know where that's coming from," Thibodeau said. "I'm not worried about any of that stuff. I'm under contract. I'm fine with everything here."

Furthermore, team Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told ESPN Chicago last month via e-mail that he expects "Tom will be with the Bulls well beyond his current contract," so perhaps the whole situation is just being overblown. In any case, Thibodeau will be paid like a top coach in the NBA when he signs his next deal, now all the Bulls have to do is make sure he signs that deal in Chicago.

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Bulls Vs. Pistons Recap: Bulls Secure 12 Point Victory

The Chicago Bulls aren't known for pretty victories, and that's gone double for when Tom Thibodeau's crew has been without reigning MVP Derrick Rose. Friday night was no exception, as the Bulls defeated the Detroit Pistons 83-71 at the United Center despite not even reaching the 85-point plateau.

The Bulls were powered by strong play from its frontcourt, with both Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer putting up double-doubles on the night. Noah was second on the Bulls in points with 19 and first in rebounds with 12 while Boozer contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds. Luol Deng, who led Chicago with 20 points, was one rebound away from joining the double-double crew. The Bulls as a team dominated the Pistons on the glass, grabbing 53 boards to Detroit's 37.

The Bulls will take Saturday off as they travel south to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in a nationally televised showdown.

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Bulls Vs. Pistons Score Update: Bulls Up 44-35 After Two

With Derrick Rose out of the line up, the Chicago Bulls have relied on their superior unity as a team to weather the storm and remain atop the Eastern Conference. The first half of Friday night's game vs. the Detroit Pistons was no different, as every player had a hand in driving Chicago to a 44-35 halftime lead.

The Bulls were lead in the half by Joakim Noah who was tops on the team with 10 points, but Carlos Boozer (nine) and Luol Deng (eight) were right on his heels. Noah also collected five rebounds, which was the second highest total in the half for Chicago, trailing Boozer's six boards. C.J. Watson led the backcourt with five points on 2-3 shooting to go along with an assist.

The Pistons were powered by Brandon Knight (10 points) and Tayshaun Prince (eight points) but only shot 36% from the field as a team. The Bulls meanwhile made 17 of their 34 field goal attempts.

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Pistons Vs. Bulls Score Update: Chicago Leads 28-25 After One

The Chicago Bulls lead the Detroit Pistons 28-25 after the first quarter tonight at the United Center. Shooting guard Richard Hamilton is active and in uniform tonight in what should be his first game back from a shoulder injury, but Hamilton didn't start and has not played through the first quarter.

Power forward Carlos Boozer has seven points and six rebounds to lead Chicago. Small forward Luol Deng has six points, while center Joakim Noah has four rebounds (all offensive), three assists, and six points at the end of one.

The Pistons were led by rookie point guard Brandon Knight, who finished the quarter with eight points. Tayshaun Prince had six points in the quarter for Detroit and Austin Daye had five.

Chicago out-rebounded the Pistons 13-3 in the first quarter. Which is hilarious.

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Rip Hamilton Update: Shooting Guard Expected To Be In The Lineup Tonight, According To Report

We learned on Wednesday that Chicago Bulls shooting guard Rip Hamilton was getting closer to returning from a shoulder injury. Hamilton has been out of the lineup since exiting a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month in the opening minute of the contest. While Hamilton's status isn't officially *official* yet, Comcast SportsNet's Aggrey Sam is hearing Hamilton will play tonight when Chicago takes on the Detroit Pistons at the United Center.


Related: Illini Hire John Groce: Promising End To Shameful Coaching Search

You may remember earlier this season Hamilton rushed back from injury to play against the Pistons, his former team, only to miss the next eight games.

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Pistons Vs. Bulls Preview: Chicago Hosts An Improved Detroit Team On Friday

The Chicago Bulls (41-11) host the Detroit Pistons (18-32) on Friday night.

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