Three years after setting foot on Parisian soil for the very first time, the NBA was back in France this Thursday evening. On the bill, a historic rivalry in the Great League, between the Chicago Bulls in lack of results this season and the Detroit Pistons without great ambitions. And on arrival, Lavine and DeRozan carried the Bulls to a solid victory (108-126), while Killian Hayes was struggling.
Detroit Pistons 108-126 Chicago Bulls
11:32 p.m .: The time has come for me to leave you friends, it was a pleasure to follow this match with you. For the most enthusiastic among you, I wish you an excellent remake of the finals just now between Boston and Golden State (or a good Wolves-Raptors, why not after all).
11:29 p.m .: Without forcing more than necessary and carried by a Lavine-DeRozan duo (30 and 24 points respectively) very good after halftime, the Chicago Bulls win the match by 18 points. The start of the rise in the standings for the Illinois franchise? For Detroit, it’s a pity that Killian Hayes failed to ignite the evening…
11:28 p.m .: A last long distance shot from Ivey and Chicago is essential!
11:27 p.m.: The bench is open on the Chicago side for the last minute. Except for Drummond.
11:24 p.m.: Oh the return of Killian Hayes on Caruso! He gets up but it feels like the end of a sad evening for the Frenchie…
11:23 p.m.: Joga Bonito Chicago.
11:21 p.m.: Well well well, we have three minutes left to enjoy, even if the mass seems to be over.
11:18 p.m.: What a pity Killian Hayes who puts nothing in, the move was good though.
11:17 p.m.: Well, maybe Zach Lavine will give us 30 points.
11:16 p.m.: The bar of 100 points for Detroit thanks to Saddiq Bey.
11:14 p.m.: Time out for Dwane Casey. If the Pistons want to believe it, it’s now or never.
11:13 p.m.: Stewart may have to stop looking for him at three points.
11:10 p.m.: In fact, the highlights of the match will only be the actions of Derrick Jones Jr.
11:09 p.m.: 23 points for Lavine, 22 for DeRozan. Who will finish top scorer?
11:05 p.m.: A three points for Detroit with Livers! Too much for Donovan, Chicago timeout.
11:03 p.m.: DeRozan again, in all delicacy. The Bulls maintain their lead casually.
11:01 p.m.: But Ivey? By the time the Bulls defense reacted, he was in the circle.
11 p.m.: Good Detroit is 4/26 from three points, what to expect with that?
10:57 p.m.: And the last quarter, which starts with a three-pointer from Coby White. It stings.
10:53 p.m.: Come on, let’s stop there for this third quarter. Chicago is slowly increasing its lead, including a very hot Lavine since returning from the locker room.
10:52 p.m.: DeMar DeRozan missed a perimeter shot. I repeat, DeMaz DeRozan missed a perimeter shot.
10:49 p.m.: Derrick Jones Jr. is too much! Let those poor Pistons breathe!
10:47 p.m.: Derrick Jones Jr again the tomar! But do something!
10:46 p.m.: This quarter is Zach Lavine’s.
10:44 p.m.: Come on, Bogdanovic brings Detroit back to ten points. But Lavine doesn’t care and ends up head in the circle!
10:40 p.m.: The biggest ovation of the evening is for Magic Johnson. Obviously.
10:37 p.m.: There is a supernatural force that pushes back all objects above the Chicago circle? How it is possible all these consecutive failures?
10:36 p.m.: Beep beep Ivey.
10:32 p.m.: Timeout requested by the Pistons, to try to break the push from the Bulls since the resumption.
10:31 p.m.: Who is this pass from Zach Lavine for? Someone to get it that high?
10:30 p.m.: Another foul from Hayes on Lavine, be careful not to see Chicago escape definitively.
10:28 p.m.: Ouch Killian Hayes who bites into Lavine’s feint, the basket plus the fault.
10:27 p.m.: 6/32, thanks Saddiq.
10:27 p.m .: Come on, let’s go back!
10:23 p.m.: Wow I hadn’t seen: if the stats are up to date, the two teams are 6/31 behind the arc in aggregate. Not jojo that while we rather have the impression of a nice match on the offensive level.
10:20 p.m.: @Tarsipark We agree, Bogdanovic had a great first half. Not today that its rating will drop as the trade deadline approaches, if Detroit ever wants to part with it.
10:14 p.m.: @411VM Verratti is at the game? What a little trickster to have missed the round trip to the Middle East when Mbappé, Hakimi and company had to fight with CR7 and his friends earlier.
10:12 p.m.: @411VM I’m currently sitting at my desk in my room, well settled in front of my computer to be quite precise.
10:09 p.m.: HALF-TIME! Alec Burks is countered at the buzzer and Chicago returns to the locker room with a nine-point lead. The Bulls of a 16-point DeRozan for his return are handling things pretty well.
10:08 p.m.: In fact the poster is not Pistons-Bulls, it’s Bogdanovic-DeRozan.
10:06 p.m.: Second basket for Killian Hayes!
10:05 p.m.: A little thought for the Pistons fans in the room who believed their team was up to it and who have just taken a blow to the skull with this story.
10:03 p.m.: The ovation for Victor Wembanyama. Something tells me it won’t be the last of his career.
10:01 p.m.: Alright, let me recap. Until proven otherwise, we are of course on a +11 Chicago with already 14 points from Vucevic and 12 from Derozan. Diallo is still the best scorer with 15.
10 p.m.: Sadiqq Bey’s three point! And therefore reversal of situation, Detroit would be in front? No, a priori we have the good score on the screen, but what happens???
9:59 p.m.: Bein Sports which announces to us that the score displayed on TV is false, it is lunar. Bogdanovic has nothing to do with it and begins to heat up.
9:57 p.m.: +14 Bulls, Chicago is slowly widening the gap.
9:56 p.m.: The Americans are not yet awake, the stats and the score of the match are struggling to follow…
9:52 p.m.: @411VM That I want to believe you.
9:51 p.m.: Lavine from the car park, the gap goes back above ten points!
8:50 p.m.: Oh Dragic for Derrick Jones Jr going all the way to the ceiling! And one!
9:49 p.m.: DeRozan throws and Bercy who sings: MVP! MVP!
9:48 p.m.: Hamidou Diallo, 13 points, top scorer of the match. Everything is fine.
9:45 p.m.: @411VM Have you had the shipping costs to France also assessed for the whopper?
9:44 p.m.: Jalen Duren! Boom!
9:43 p.m.: We even have the right to see Goran Dragic and his 36 years play.
9:41 p.m.: Someone to arrest Vucevic?
9:40 p.m.: We resume with a 1/2 from Diallo, Detroit picks up a little.
9:37 p.m .: End of the first quarter. The Bulls took a small lead thanks in particular to Vucevic and Lavine, eight points each.
9:36 p.m.: It was time to ignite all this Mr. Hamidou Diallo!
9:35 p.m.: Yes my Alec Burks sure, to the good memories of his season playing the X factor last year in New York.
9:33 p.m.: TOP TWO POINTS FOR KILLIAN HAYES!!!
9:32 p.m.: It’s Patrick Williams’ turn!
9:31 p.m.: A tomar everywhere, Hamidou Diallo responds to DeRozan.
9:30 p.m.: For the moment it does not want for Killian Hayes …
9:27 p.m.: @411VM The one with an i.
9:25 p.m.: Yes Saddiq Bey, the spin move. Billy Donovan didn’t like it, time out.
9:24 p.m.: Bogdanovic at three points, smooth.
9:23 p.m.: DeRozan is in regal mode.
9:21 p.m.: Bogdanovic makes the Pistons breathe behind the timeout. And yes this Hayes pass for Stewart, alone in the paint!
9:18 p.m.: The three points for Patrick Williams! And DeRozan’s dunk behind! Dead time Detroit.
9:15 p.m.: Two straight for the Vooch, Stewart responds with a 2/2 on the line.
9:13 p.m.: And the first two points of the evening are for Vucevic, baseline.
9:13 p.m .: Let’s go!
9:11 p.m.: A short speech by Killian Hayes and Nikola Vucevic with Tony Parker, just to make us wait a little longer.
9:09 p.m.: For those who are not yet in the mood, we can’t do much more for you.
9:04 p.m.: Let’s go for the announcement of the teams. Like we’re in Michigan.
9:03 p.m.: Ah yes, for those who rarely stay up all night to watch basketball, NBA game times are not contractual. But it shouldn’t be too long now.
9:01 p.m.: Lonzo Ball and Cade Cunningham injured for the whole season but who made the trip anyway, a trip to Paris is not to be missed.
8:57 p.m.: We’re a few minutes away from the tip-off, it’s time to give your predictions! And why not a little Pistons +1 with a buzzer beater by Killian Hayes?
8:54 p.m.: Benny the Bull who revised his classics to come and hold up a sign “ Come on Alain Philippe » . Stunning.
8:51 p.m.: A floor that was also imported directly from the United States by cargo. Delusions of grandeur to the end.
8:49 p.m.: Come on, the Bulls players enter the floor for the end of the warm-up. Very fast trackers for Motor City players.
8:48 p.m.: @Back_to_the_future Canal+ in clear and Bein Sports 1.
8:47 p.m.: @Verano82 By the way, do you think Thomas and Jordan are going to watch the game together? No just kidding.
8:45 p.m.: Tony Parker, Ronny Turiaf, Flo Pietrus… The whole of basketball in France is celebrating.
8:42 p.m. : Phew, Benny the Bull and Hooper, the two mascots, look in good shape.
8:40 p.m.: As three years ago with Charlotte-Milwaukee, we will therefore have a Frenchman on the floor. After Nico Batum, place for the kid of Cholet, player of the Hexagon drafted the highest in history (for the moment).
8:37 p.m.: Opposite, the Detroit Pistons of Killian Hayes, who evolve in the bottom of the Eastern Conference and would welcome another youngfrenchiein some months.
8:35 p.m. : And so on the menu a beautiful historic poster, even if the two teams are not necessarily at their best this season. On one side are the Chicago Bulls of DeRozan, Lavine and Vucevic, who aren’t on target for their lofty goals right now.
8:32 p.m. : An opportunity to ask the question: are there any ball-orangix among you?
8:30 p.m.: Good evening ! For once, it’s time for basketball on this Thursday evening. The NBA is visiting us in France for the second time in its history, so we will all enjoy it together. Are you ready?
By Tom Binet