Rebounding the key to Bulls-Pistons matchup

Rebounding the key to Bulls-Pistons matchup
March 5, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Chris Vannini

BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. — The Bulls know Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons is going to be a battle in the paint.

Both teams are in the Top 10 in the NBA in rebounds per game, and the Pistons are No. 1 in offensive rebounding at 14.5 per game. Detroit is led by Andre Drummond, who is coming off a 17-point, 26-rebound performance against the New York Knicks.

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“Obviously, their size up front, the rebounding, the point in the paint, and when you add in the dribble penetration with (Brandon) Jennings, (Rodney) Stuckey and (Will) Bynum, that puts a lot of pressure on you,” Tom Thibodeau said at Wednesday’s shootaround. “The pace that they play at, their athleticism, the way they can run the floor, we’ve got to be ready. Really, it’s a toughness factor when the ball’s up on the board.”

But the Bulls are no slouches on the glass, either, averaging more total rebounds per game than the Pistons and ranked No. 6 in offensive rebounding. Joakim Noah is sixth in the league in rebounding.

“They’re a tough team. They play big,” Noah said of Detroit. “They’re really tough on the boards. Drummond is playing excellent basketball for them. Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, (Kyle) Singler, all those guys, they cause big problems. We have to be ready for that intensity and do our best to take away the points in the paint."