The Sixers have been taking on water all season. They came into the year with expectations that were probably a bit too high, but a there was some hope they could overcome the loss of Andre Miller with the return of Elton Brand and the continued improvement of their young core. The Pistons, on the other hand, went down like the Titanic. Preview and game thread after the jump.
If you're despondent over the state of the Sixers, you can at least step back and achieve some perspective. Eddie Jordan was a colossal mistake, but one they'll be able to recover from quickly when he's sent packing this summer. They didn't re-sign Andre Miller, which hurt in terms of wins and losses in the short term, but it also cleared the way for Jrue Holiday to play maybe 1,800 minutes this season. The Sixers took a HUGE step back, when maybe a minor one could've realistically been expected.
The Pistons, on the other hand, absolutely went for broke this past summer to improve their roster and win now. Hell, they traded away Chauncey Billups to set themselves up to make a huge splash in free agency, they targeted the two guys they wanted, locked them down very, very quickly and the wheels completely fell off after that.
Detroit spent big money in free agency on the wrong guys and now they're fighting their way to the bottom for a miracle draft pick to save their asses. They've had some kind of major upheaval over the past couple of days that no one seems willing to talk about. They've lost 11 in a row, and currently they're mired in a 3-way tie with Washington and Golden State for the fourth-worst record in the league (WAS plays GS tonight).
If you ask me, there's no two ways about it, the Pistons are actively trying to tank these games. Not the players, but the franchise. Unfortunately, not a single soul in the Sixers organization has gotten the tanking memo, so what we're going to see on the floor tonight is Eddie Jordan coaching like it's the 7th game of the finals while Detroit plays their c-lineup, rests guys with questionable injuries and essentially tries to make sure they don't accidentally win this game.
The question: Is Eddie Jordan bad enough to lose a game that's being handed to him on a silver platter? The answer is yes, clearly, but unfortunately I don't think that's going to happen. Dreams of the 4th, 5th or even 6th-worst record in the league for Philly will go up in smoke tonight.
This is your game thread. I'll be here throughout, suffering on the inside. Join me if you don't care how they lose this one, as long as they just lose it.
Matchup to watch: Iguodala covering Stuckey. That should be fun. Also, Thad is listed as a game-time decision.