Hamilton, Watson doubtful vs. Pistons

Hamilton, Watson doubtful vs. Pistons
January 9, 2012, 6:55 pm
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By Chris CasonCSNChicago.com

To say the Bulls (7-2) have had the Detroit Pistons (2-6) number over the past three seasons would be an understatement.

The last defeat Chicago suffered at the hands of their Central Division foe came in Derrick Roses 28th game as a professional on Dec. 23 in the Palace of Auburn Hills. Rodney Stuckey scored a career-high 40 points for the Pistons as they beat the Bulls 104-98.

Since that time, the Bulls have won the last 12 meetings between the two teams, including 10 straight home games.

Coming into tonights matchup, all odds appear to be in Chicagos favor with having suffered an embarrassing loss against the Hawks on Saturday and their penchant for coming out even more focused than usual the following game. The Pistons are also on a three-game losing streak and is a team still searching for an identity with each of their six losses being by 11 points or more.

The Pistons will also be without Stuckey, whos recovering from a sore groin he injured in the Bulls 99-83 win at the Palace last Wednesday.

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C.J. Watson and Richard Hamilton are doubtful for tonights game. Watson is no longer wearing the sling for his left elbow which he injured in the Bulls home opener against Memphis and has started to do some conditioning and dribbling drills.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has said Watsons return to the rotation will depend on the reserve guards pain tolerance.

Hamilton is still recovering from a sore left groin which has caused him to miss four out of the last five games.

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