11/14/12 – On Wednesday night the Sixers (4-3) returned to action against the Detroit Pistons. They were looking to avenge a bad loss at home on Monday at hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, a game where they were out-rebounded and out-gunned from to a start to finish. The Sixers hoped the lowly Pistons (0-8) would be an easier opponent as they looked to improve their record at home. To make things easier for them, Detroit was without starting SG Rodney Stuckey. Its important for the Sixers to protect the home floor at Wells Fargo, an area where they've done pretty well over the last few seasons.
To summarize tonight's game will be quick. The Sixers jumped out to an early lead, but gave it up when they started shooting poorly. The Pistons dominated in the paint and almost doubled the Sixers in rebound totals. The Pistons were up large at halftime and in the 3rd extended their lead. You knew the game was over once the Sixers went down by 20 in the 3rd because they showed absolutely no signs of life. In another bad loss to a worse team, the lethargic Sixers fell to Pistons 94-76.
1. Lavoy – 23:04 mins., 14 pts., 6 rebs., 1 stl., 1 blk.
2. Jrue – 32:46 mins., 12 pts., 6 rebs., 7 asts., 3 stls., 1 TO
3. J-Rich – 26:04 mins., 9 pts., 1 reb., 1 ast., 1 stl., 1 blk.
4. Swag Young – 23:51 mins., 9 pts., 3 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl., 1 blk.
5. Ivey – 15:30 mins., 7 pts., 1 reb., 1 stl.
6. D Wright – 19:48 mins., 6 pts., 4 rebs.
7. Hawes – 15:25 mins., 5 pts., 2 rebs., 1 ast., 1 TO
8. Thad Young – 28:25 mins., 4 pts., 8 rebs., 1 stl., 1 TO
9. Turner – 23:16 mins., 3 pts., 3 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl.
10. Kwame - 12:24 mins., 3 pts., 1 reb., 1 stl.
11. Moultrie – 6:34 mins., 2 pts., 2 rebs.
12. Wayns – 3:19 mins., 2 pts., 1 ast., 1 TO
13. Wilkins – 6:34 mins., 1 reb., 1 ast., 1 blk.
Greg Monroe – 19 pts., 18 rebs., 6 asts., 1 blk., 6 TOs
Kyle Singler - 16 pts., 4 rebs., 1 ast., 1 blk.
Tayshaun Prince – 15 pts., 5 rebs., 6 asts., 1 stl., 1 TO
Brandon Knight – 15 pts., 7 rebs., 7 asts., 2 TOs
Corey Maggette - 9 pts., 2 rebs., 3 asts., 4 TOs
Tonight's game was truly, truly ugly. The Sixers shot a dismal 30% from the field on many poor shot selections and offensive possessions in the halfcourt. They missed 11 free throws and managed to get out-rebounded by 19. The Sixers best player tonight was Lavoy Allen, which says just about how bad tonight was. To give Detroit some credit, they do have some talented players on their roster in Monroe, Knight, etc. and they came into the game tonight (0-8) with something to prove. But the real story was that the Sixers had another terrible showing at home, with starters like Thad and Turner only managing 3 points a piece.
Stunningly the Sixers only had 4 turnovers to Detroit's 18. The fact that they still lost the game so badly despite winning the turnover battle says a lot about this team. So far this season when the Sixers look good, they look like a pretty decent squad. But when they look bad, wow they look terrible and can be taken down by practically any team in the NBA. Next game Friday @ 7 p.m. vs. Utah Jazz. TCN. More to come…
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