Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pistons Pound Sixers in Game 5

The only word I can think of to use to describe what happened to the Sixers last night was "outclassed".

The Sixers got pasted by the Pistons by a score of 98 - 81 in a game that got out of hand rather quickly. The loss puts the Sixers down 3 games to 2 in their best of 7 series and means the game on Thursday night is do-or-die for the upstart Sixers.

After being tied 10 - 10 in the 1st quarter, the Pistons went on a run from which the Sixers never recovered. The Sixers got within 12 points a couple of times, but the Pistons were dead on in their shooting last night, going 58% from the field and 46% from 3-point land.

Even during those stretches where the Sixers played flawless defense or did all the right things, loose balls always seemed to end up in the hands of a Piston or the Sixers couldn't get an easy shot to drop. The play that summed up the Sixers' night for me, was the play in the 3rd quarter, when Thaddeus Young made a nice play on a pass into the paint by Detroit, only to have the ball deflect off of Young's hand and into the net for a Detroit bucket.

If there is a silver lining to be pulled from this game, it's that Andre Iguodala seemed to find his way offensively, scoring 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting. This game, it was Andre Miller who thrown off his game, as he missed 9 straight shots during one stretch of the first half. Miller ended up with 13 points on the night and, more telling, only 3 assists.

Did you notice?

- Rasheed Wallace was dominant once again in this game. He had 6 blocks and shot 3 of 4 from 3-point seems every 3 he makes is a back breaker and occurs when you think the Sixers may have been creeping back into the game.

- What the fuck did Samuel Dalembert do to his head? That haircut was brutal.

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