For the first time since 2020, the NBA is packing its bags Paris for a regular season game between Pistons in Bulls. The opportunity for Killian Hayes (4 points, 8 assists) to play at home, in front of his family and a crowd behind him.
It is difficult, however, for the French leader to resist the popularity of this group of Chicago, pushed throughout the night by a crowd that largely won its cause. Galvanized, the Illinois players did not fail to start the meeting strong, quickly leading by ten points in the first half, under the power of Nikola Vucevic (16 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists), then DeMar DeRozan (26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) and Zach LaVine (30 marks).
Despite the efforts of Bojan Bogdanovic (25 points), Detroit too limited tonight to expect to compete over time in this game. To the annoyance of the spectators at the Accor Arena, who were surely expecting a completely different show than the one-sided match (126-108)…
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
— One sided match as a “poisoned gift”. As we know, the NBA is more afraid to see a significant difference in the scoreboard, when it exports its “product” abroad. Unfortunately, this was the scenario that the public witnessed at the Accor Arena. Hampered by their inability to make baskets, the Pistons quickly ran after the score against these Bulls who knew where to go to score. This delay, Detroit players of course sought to fill it, but Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and the entire Chicago collective guarded the grain. Fairer, more reliable, stronger.
— Nikola Vucevic stole the show from Killian Hayes. In this rivalry between the Francophones who enthusiastically rose to fame in Paris, the pivot of the Bulls showed himself more to his advantage, compared to the leader of the Pistons. Perfect for launching his team in the first period, the Montenegrin dominated the top and punished the defensive mistakes of his counterparts, quite far from the basket. A little more discreet after the break, and still not hitting the mark on 3-pts, he still finished with a double-double. As the Frenchman tore himself from start to finish…
— Shower of stars in Paris. Magic Johnson, Tony Parker, Victor Wembanyama, Joakim Noah, Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Pharrell Williams, Lil Baby, Ciryl Gane, Aya Nakamura, Aurélien Tchouameni, Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc, Teddy Riner, Kevin Mayer, Esteban Ocon, Marco Verratti , Gerard Pique and Khaby Lame. To say that the NBA wants to hit hard for this event, inviting many personalities for the occasion. After all, that’s the point of these relocated meetings…
✅ The DeRozan/LaVine duo. For his rematch, DeMar DeRozan did what he does best, which is to score. Very clean, he let the game come to him and was comfortable in his preferential zone, meaning in the middle. When the opposing defense was tight on him, he was unselfish in dropping the ball to his teammates. In particular Zach LaVine, author of a great third quarter, while ensuring the show, to help Chicago further widen the gap. Not an All-Star pair by chance, and the Pistons realize that.
✅ Bojan Bogdanovic. Present in a pack of transfer rumours, the Croatian has once again shown that he is worthy of the interest of all these teams. The offensive leader of the Pistons, he did his best to keep the Michigan franchise afloat in each half, while being aggressive. With the exception of Hamidou Diallo, whether Saddiq Bey, Jaden Ivey or Jalen Duren in that order, he has been without support on the offensive front for a long time and this partially explains Detroit’s decline.
⛔ Killian Hayes. Tony Parker asked him to make sure before the match, but unfortunately the French did not let out especially: 2/13 on shots, including 0/6 on 3-pts. In addition to his good passes and good shifts, we haven’t seen him succeed on an offensive level. It was even worse after the break, as he completely disappeared from the game. The appointment was therefore not obtained, for his return to France.
Detroit (12-36) : reception of Milwaukee, in the evening from Monday to Tuesday (01:00).
Chicago (21-24) : reception of Atlanta, in the evening from Monday to Tuesday (02:00).