Chicago Bulls still on the hunt

Chicago must catch up with some of its delay in the top 6 of the Eastern Conference, synonymous with direct qualification in the play-offs.

Classic at the turn of the 1990s, the Detroit-Chicago poster pits two franchises with different objectives tonight (9 p.m.). “They are in a phase where they are trying to develop their young people, while we are trying to win now”summed up the Montenegrin and French-speaking pivot of the Bulls, Nikola Vucevic, on Wednesday after his team trained in Levallois-Perret.

Beaten by Milwaukee in the first round of the play-offs last spring (1-4), the Illinois players advanced with ambition around the All-Star trio formed by Vucevic, Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, whose return is expected this evening after three matches on the flank (quadriceps). But Chicago stagnates in 10th place in the Eastern Conference (20 wins – 24 losses), the last jump seat to snatch the « play-in » (dams).

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Vucevic passed 43 points to Golden State on Sunday (132-118) to secure a victory before crossing the Atlantic. Second to last in the East (12 wins – 35 losses), Detroit is heading towards a new choice in the top 5 of the draft. “It takes patience, I know a lot of NBA fans lack it, smiled Pistons coach Dwane Casey, deprived of his young star Cade Cunningham until the end of the season (injured in the tibia). Although our record may not reflect it, we are seeing progress. » Starting with those of the French leader Killian Hayes (21), in full bloom (10 points and 5.7 average assists) for his third NBA season.

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