Jim Boylen is providing motivation wherever he can as the Bulls face Blake Griffin and the red-hot Pistons again – Chicago Tribune

Sunday’s early tipoff against the Pistons fits neatly into Jim Boylen’s recent habit of finding meaning and motivation — even if it’s quirky — for seemingly meaningless regular-season games.

The 11 a.m. Central tipoff in Detroit finishes a home-and-away series against the Pistons. The Bulls completed the same scheduling rarity last Sunday against the Hawks, losing at home after winning a four-overtime classic in Atlanta.

Boylen has talked about how facing the same opponent in consecutive games serves as experience for preparing for the same opponent — just like in the playoffs.

Before the Bulls defeated the 76ers at home on a nationally televised broadcast, Boylen told his team that appearing on just three such games all season should be viewed as motivation. Then on Friday, Boylen cited the Bulls’ poor Central Division record before facing the Pistons.