Mike is back with another first-person report after gutting out another ugly loss at the Wach. He'll give us his reaction as one of 12,000+ fans to witness this atrocity with his own two eyes.
- Unless AI arrived early tonight, he did not take any additional
practice. At 6pm Iguodala & Lou were the only Sixers shooting around,
with Aaron Mckie feeding each of them as usual. Lou was the last
Sixer to leave the court. After he finished shooting, he sat next to
some fans courtside and launched shots from his seat. I thought his
jaw was wired shut but he was definitely talking. For the Pistons it
was Prince, Bynum, Kwame Brown, and Ben Wallace. Wallace remained on
the floor after everyone else had left, shooting nothing but long
range jumpers. I have no idea why. Stephen A Smith was in the house
again, and had a fairly lengthy conversation with Ed Pinckney. There
was also a rare Tony Dileo sighting.
- When I saw the Coatesville Step Team take the court for their
pregame routine I remembered that Coatesville, PA was Rip Hamilton's
hometown. A large group of family & friends in attendance were
probably disappointed to see him not suit up for the game. Hamilton's
mom was pretty easy to identify, and I confirmed that it was indeed
her after speaking with one of the members of Rip's fan section. He
told me to stick around after the game to meet Hamilton & a few other
to be determined Pistons, but by the time the crapfest ended I just
wanted to leave.
- When the full squads took the court for layup lines, AI was in his
white sleeveless T again, while the rest of the team wore their red
warmups. After sharing long hugs with just about every Nugget in
uniform Monday night, Iverson didn't approach any Piston during
pregame. He did eventually embrace Stuckey & Atkins at the opening
- The lack of fanfare for Iverson stood in stark contrast to the
festivities the other night. The lower level was about 2/3 full, and
upper level about 1/3. It really felt like just another game until
the Iverson chants started in the 4th quarter, which I will get to in
a moment. And while Iverson obviously gets the biggest reaction
during pregame intros, I am glad that Iguodala is still being
introduced as the last Sixer. If nothing else it's just a nice
gesture to the guy who is still the best player on the team.
- They play Jay Z's "Run This Town" right before tip-off every game
now, and I've noticed they cut the lyrics in the same spot each time.
I was curious so I checked, and the edited lines are "Black cards,
black cars, all black everything, and our girls are blackbirds, ridin
with they dillingers," before the vocals come back in. Not really
sure why they do that.
- Seeing AI run to the foul line by the visitor's bench and jump in
place for a few seconds just before the opening tip, egging on the
crowd, is pretty cool to see again.
ONTO TO THE SHITTIEST GAME EVER:
- I'm not going to talk much about the actual play during shitfest
'09, because I can't afford to fix a broken computer monitor.
Everyone knows how shitty it was. The first 3 quarters may have been
the shittiest I have ever seen. I am actually glad Iguodala missed
the potential game winner, because then they would have thought they
won this shitfest, when I don't believe there is anything noble in
letting Rodney Stuckey plus a bunch of scrubs take you to the final
possession. It is the coach's responsibility to make sure his team is
ready to play every night, no matter the opponent. When the team
consistently plays up & down to the level of competition it's on both
the coach and the team's veterans. So something is seriously wrong
here, in case we didn't know.
- Pistons Coach John Kuester was an assistant in Philly from '97-'03,
and then again in '05-'06, so at various points during the game, some
of his former Sixers would approach him. Very early in the 1st
quarter, during a stop in play, Iguodala discretely made his way over
while Kuester was barking at an official, and stole something out of
the breast pocket of his suit. Kuester finally noticed Iguodala
standing inches away from him, so Andre stuck it back in his pocket
and they both laughed.
- Everyone on Detroit's bench doubled over laughing after Maxiel
crossed up Sam and sent him falling backwards. One of the bigger
reactions on the Sixers' bench came from Sam & Primo Brezec, who both
lept out of their seats when Brand hit a bank shot while being fouled.
- Iguodala had a great WTF look on his face after Thad sailed away a
pass attempting to start a fastbreak in the 1st quarter.
But I was disappointed in his game tonight. He played well in the 4th
when he finally turned it on, but he is settling for far too many
jumpers right now. He is most effective when driving & dishing to
open teammates or taking it himself & finishing strong. He is
supposed to be this team's leader, so when he is settling for
contested jumpers, the whole team seems to follow his lead, which
brings us to...
- Sixers offense in quarters 1-3: 15-18 ft jump shot after jump shot
after jump shot after jump shot after jump shot after jump shot after
jump shot after jump shot after jump shot after jump shot after jump
shot after jump shot after jump shot after jump shot after jump shot
after jump shot after jump shot after jump shot after jump shot.
- This new breed of Sixers' fan may be the dumbest in franchise
history. They start playing well towards the end of the 3rd and into
the 4th, finally take a 75-71 lead with 6 minutes and change
remaining, and the crowd starts a "We Want Iverson" chant. Forget
wins & losses, we just want to see Iverson play. The mongoloid
sitting behind me actually screamed "Don't give it to him!!!" as
Iguodala drove to hole in the final minute. Of course he was ready to
shit a brick when Iguodala missed the final wide open 3. Obviously
Iverson should have taken on 3 Pistons and not passed the ball to the
guy standing by himself outside the 3pt line who has already hit more
game winners than Iverson has in his entire career. My favorite
Iverson play of the night was actually on Kapono's jumper that
increased the lead to 77-74, when he ran underneath the baseline high
fiving fans by the Sixers' bench.
- They should be ashamed that they didn't win this game by double
digits, but at this point, whatever, I guess they are content with
more ping pong balls.