In a case where it appears the Sixers awakened a sleeping giant, the Detroit Pistons came out last night and blew the Sixers' doors off by a score of 105 - 88. Watching this game, it felt as if the Pistons simply squeezed the life out of the Sixers defensively. Sometimes, you see a score like this one and wonder if the game went as badly as the score indicated. In this case, the game went every bit as bad as the score.
Andre Iguodala had another rough night, shooting 1 for 9 from the field. As a team, the Sixers shot a shade under 40%. Just a bad night all around and really, not much to discuss.
In contrast, 4 of the 5 Piston starters scored in double figures, led by Rip Hamilton's 20 points. Antonio McDyess scored 16 and added 12 boards. Tayshaun Prince played very well defensively, despite constantly looking like he could blown over any minute by a stiff breeze. Someone get that kid a couple burgers or something.
Further underscoring how dominant Detroit was in this game is the fact that the Sixers only got out and scored 10 fast break points. If there is any prayer of the Sixers pulling the upset here, they must get out and run. On the other hand, it's tough to run, when the other team shoots 55% from the field.
The Sixers return home to play games 3 (Friday night) and 4 (Sunday night) and will need every bit of the energy the home crowd can give them. In support of this, I believe I heard on the telecast last night that the Sixers are doing a Penn State-style "white out", where everyone in the crowd wears white and it looks real cool on TV. I was working on my mother-in-law's computer at the time when I heard it, so I may have heard it wrong.....if I see anything else on this, I'll post it.
Also: Did anyone see the interview with Comcast suit Peter Luuko? The same jack ass who runs both the Sixers and the Flyers apparently doesn't know the name of the team's point guard, referring to PG Andre Miller by the name "Reggie Miller". Lord knows we could use Reggie Miller right now.
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