Chuck's Daily Check In - 12.21.19


Bulls (11-19, 5-9 on the road) at Detroit (11-18, 7-8 at home)

TV: NBCSC. Mark Schanowski and Stacey King 6PM CT
RADIO: 670 The Score: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, David Schuster

LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 23ppg. Pistons:Drummond: 17ppg
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 9 per. Pistons: Drummond: 16 per (#1 in NBA).
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 5 per. Detroit: Rose: 6 per.


Preview: A well-rested Bulls team take on a tired Pistons club tonight playing their third game in four nights. Last night, Boston blasted the short-handed Pistons 114-93. The Celtics put this one to bed early. The Pistons committed 24 turnovers. The Celtics fans got a win and cheered on 7-5 Tacko Fall when he entered the game late in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin and Luke Kennard sat out last night's loss at Boston with injuries. Griffin has appeared in only 15 games this season. Kennard is having a break out season averaging 15 per game. Their status is unknown for tonight's contest. In two games against the Bulls, Andre Drummond is averaging 15 points and 19 rebounds. The Bulls look to take care of business against the Pistons and Magic on the road before a lengthy four-day break between games.

Derrick Rose is having a solid season for the Pistons averaging 16.5 PPG.


Our CCI " Game of the Night": Dallas 117, Philadelphia 98: The Mavs crushed the Sixers in Philly without Luka Doncic no less. Kristaps Porzingis with a filthy game of 22 points and 18 rebounds. That Dallas-NY trade is looking so one-sided. Wowza. Porzingis has recorded three straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Joel Embiid had a monster performance of 33 points and 17 rebounds.

Boston 114, Detroit 93: Jaylen Brown (26 PTS in 29:01) and Jayson Tatum (26 PTS in 27:15) are the first Celtics duo to each score 25 or more points in fewer than 30 minutes played since Kevin McHale (31 PTS, 24 mins) and Reggie Lewis (26 PTS, 26 mins) did so in February 1990. (NBA.com)

Toronto 122, Washington 118: The Raps have a ton of inactive players-star players but Kyle Lowry is in uniform and that's always a good thing for Toronto. Lowry with a 26-4-9 game. Bradley Beal dusted off a so-so game against the Bulls and poured in 37 points for the 8-19 Wizards.

Miami 129, New York 114: The Heat led by 19 after the first quarter and led by as many as 34 points. Bobby Portis had 30 for the Knicks. The Heat improved to 21-8.

Oklahoma City 126, Phoenix 108: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career-high 32 points. The Thunder have won three straight.

Denver 109, Minnesota 100: The Nuggets went 5-0 on their homestand. Nikola Jokic had a 22-10-10 game for his fifth triple-double. He has eight straight double-double games and two triple double-games in that span.

Indiana 119, Sacramento 105: The Pacers won their fifth straight. Indiana registered seven double-figure scorers.

Golden State 106, New Orleans 102: The two teams are a combined 13-47.

Portland 118, Orlando 103: Since Carmelo Anthony joined the Blazers they have posted an 8-7 record. The Magic finished their western trip 1-3 and host the Bulls Monday.

Cleveland 114, Memphis 107: The Cavs rallied from a 12 point, fourth-quarter deficit. Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 33 points. The Cavs have won back to back games for the first time since November. Ja Morant missed the dunk but I can't help myself. This is nasty. Can you spell POSTER?

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