DETROIT – The Pistons brought minimal focus and energy against the Bulls last night, falling behind by 18 in the first half en route to a 108-99 loss.
By early in the third quarter, Andre Drummond had enough.
Chicago rookie Daniel Gafford, who’d recently taken an elbow from Drummond while going for a rebound, scored on Drummond then yelled in his face. Drummond – who’s in the thick of trade rumors – threw the ball at the back of Gafford’s head.
The centers received double technical fouls, and Drummond got ejected.
“I’m not just going to come out and a guy bigger than me is just going to bully me like that,” Gafford said. “I mean, I understand you have the size on me, stuff like that. But I’m not going to back down from a challenge. I like challenges. I either succeed or I fail it. But tonight, I succeeded. And I’m pretty sure he knows that.”