|With Rip, Prince and potentially Ben Gordon absent from the Pistons lineup tonight, the Sixers will be facing a team increasingly in love with the jumpshot, yet oddly unable to convert them (at least from deep). Obviously, there's no better time to get your mechanics worked out than when you're playing the Sixers. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
|At least a game like this makes it easy to point out where a team went wrong. Here's a hint, when you collect only 54% of the available defensive rebounds, you are not going to win. In fact, if you're playing even a halfway decent team, you're going to lose by about 30 points. If you're playing a team as bad as the Pistons, however, you only lose by 7.|
|The Bulls and the Pistons tip it off in about 5 minutes. If the Bulls win, the Sixers drop to 7th place, but they cannot fall any lower. If the Pistons win, the Sixers are in 6th all alone, but they can drop all the way to 8th if they lose out. Who are you rooting for? UPDATE: Thad is expected to play tomorrow vs. Boston.|
|If we're judging by Tony DiLeo's substitution patterns, the playoffs have already begun. The Sixers needed this game, but how badly? Badly enough for DiLeo to call on Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller to each play 45 minutes, including every second of the second half. It was a gamble, but it paid off to the tune of a 95-90 win over the Pistons.|
|Today's afternoon, ESPN affair holds great playoff implications for the Sixers. If they beat Detroit they'll stretch their lead over Miami to a half game. They'll claim the tiebreaker over the Pistons. Also, they'll put themselves one step closer to the playoff tiebreaker over the Miami Heat. The Sixers split their season series with Miami, so the next tiebreaker is conference record. The Heat come into the day at 25-22, the Sixers are 23-21. After the jump we'll break down today's game and have our in-game discussion.|
|The Sixers have been talking about bad calls, non-calls and officiating since last night's loss. They've been delicate in choosing their words, and I don't really know if they should be. I do know that Detroit didn't commit one defensive foul in the entire fourth quarter, so draw whatever conclusions you will from that. I'm not going to worry myself with poor officiating. To be honest, I'm more shocked when the refs do a good job these days, and I count myself lucky whenever I'm lucky enough to turn the TV on and see that Violet Palmer is not on the floor. After the jump, we'll look at the stretch that cost the Sixers the game.|
|I can only assume that the headline is the general feeling in the locker room. I mean, I don't know how else you can explain the lack of a sense of urgency on the floor. I don't know how else you can explain not hustling after loose balls in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. I don't know how else you can rationalize not giving a foul when you're down by 4 points with 10 seconds left. I guess they felt like they didn't need the win.|
|Let's face facts, the Palace at Auburn Hills has been very kind to the Sixers lately. They won game 1 on their first round playoff match there last season, they beat the Pistons there the past 2 times they've met in the regular season. Maybe that annoying "De-troit Basket-ball," guy gives them a little motivation. Who knows why, let's just hope the trend continues today.|
Latest comment: from Mikewe will see them again next weekend and have to split...
|Today at 1pm the Heat will play he Pistons, at Detroit. It's pretty simple, if the Pistons win, they're percentage points behind the Sixers for the #6 seed and the Sixers are even with the Heat in the loss column for the #5 seed. If Miami wins, the Sixers are a full game up on the Pistons, but 2 behind Miami for the #5 seed. Who are you rooting for, and why?|
Latest comment: from Real and SpeightacularIt was a foul, plain as day. Heinous non-call....
|It's going to be a sprint to the finish for three Eastern Conference teams. Two games in the loss column separates the Heat, Sixers and Pistons from the coveted #5 seed. After the jump, we'll take a look at the remaining schedules for each team, and try to piece together what needs to happen for the Sixers to beat out Miami and Detroit.|
|After Ed Stefanski pulled off the coup of the Summer by signing Elton Brand, and brought Andre Iguodala back on a big money extension he put a few more pieces of the puzzle into place. He signed Royal Ivey to...|
|When the Pistons made the bold move of trading Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess to the Denver Nuggets I don't think the plan was ever to compete for a title this season. Sure, they got a great player, albeit a...|
|The better team won.That sentence stands alone because it's a simple fact. The 59 wins weren't a fluke. It's frustrating because for three and a half games the Sixers' heart, desire, hustle and team play overcame the vast chasm of...|
|An ugly first half marred by turnovers, no-calls, touch fouls, miracle threes and about 90% shooting on jump shots by the Pistons.Willie Green needs to sit for the entire second half, Rodney Carney needs to man up on Rip Hamilton...|
Latest comment: from JoshGagreed, I can't wait for next season already...