Like a bunch of unbathed hippies, the Detroit Pistons have apparently organized a group protest. Five of their veteran players - Ben Wallace, Tracy McGrady, Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox and Tayshaun Prince - all missed the team's shootaround this morning. It's being described as a protest against their head coach. It's unclear whether Keuster has lost his team, Joe Dumars thinks this one could go either way.
It appears Keuster will have six players to choose from for tonight's game, if he does indeed bench the guys who decided to go all Kent State on him this morning: Ben Gordon (a veteran who apparently didn't get the memo), Charlie Villaneuva (who probably didn't understand what protest meant), Jason Maxielle, Will Bynum, Greg Monroe and DeJuan Summers. He may have another two if he allows Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey to play, even though they missed the entire shootaround, arriving when media were granted access to the team. (Stuckey and Daye "missed the bus.")
Long story short: The Pistons are a terrible team in the midst of a complete mess with a GM asleep at the wheel and a coach who has clearly lost everyone but the clueless and rookies on his roster.
This game needs to be a carbon copy of the Wizards win the other night, minus the slow start to the first quarter. When the final buzzer sounds tonight, hopefully the Sixers will have spent their last second below .500 during the 2010-2011 season. 29-29, get it done.
Prediction: PHI 120, DET 90
Ancillary prediction: 10+ minutes for Speights, Songaila and Nocioni.
The tip is at 7pm, if Detroit doesn't throw in the towel between now and then. Game thread 90 minutes prior.