Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls are playing some of their best basketball of the season with the playoffs just over a week away.

A visit from the Detroit Pistons isn't likely to slow them down.

The Bulls continue their pursuit of the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed when they face the Pistons, who hope to avoid a 15th loss in 16 games at the United Center on Friday night.

CHICAGO – Gigi Datome never expected to come to the NBA and lead the Pistons to a the Finals or capture league MVP honors as he’d done in Italy. But he didn’t envision shooting 17 percent from the 3-point arc, either. Or sitting on the bench without taking off his warmups for 50-odd games.

Thanks to a win by the Detroit Pistons, the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff hopes remain alive - barely.

For the reeling Cavaliers to keep their slim chance of reaching the postseason intact, they will need to beat the Pistons in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Detroit enters this game after a 102-95 win at Atlanta on Tuesday. The Hawks are currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, 3 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland, and would have eliminated the 10th-place Cavaliers with a victory in that contest.