I thought Ben Gordon was a big time scorer that could propel teams to victory just by getting his shots off. Hmmm. Maybe not? Last night Gordon stunk up the United Center in his first game against his old team and the Bulls beat the Pistons 92-85.
Gordon shot just 6-16 and was 2-8 from beyond the arc. He played some point and had the ball in his hands quite a bit, but somehow ended up with no assists. True, the Pistons are without their main players, but the loss still sends them to 6-12. And Gordon could not lift them to victory, even if he did have ancient Lindsay Hunter guarding him for part of the game.
I hope now that since Gordon is in a different uniform fans can focus on his defensive play. He was terrible as usual in that department last night and he had 5 fouls. And when his shot isn’t falling — like last night — he’s a big zero. For the year he’s shooting 43% and just 36% from 3.
The Bulls miss Ben Gordon? A bit. Of course they do. At least his points. But the main problem offensively has been that Pargo, Hinrich and especially Salmons have not played to their abilities. Those 3, as well as Rose to an extent, have to pick up the scoring that is missed with Gordon now a Piston.