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Pistons head out to Philly

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (0-8) at Philadelphia 76ers (4-3)
  • Date: November 14, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

After losing a tough contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, the Detroit Pistons will try to bounce back tonight when they take on a Philadelphia 76ers team looking to rebound from a home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tonight’s game should prove to be intriguing because it will be a contest of weakness versus weakness.

Doug Collins’ crew runs multiple sets (curl screens, pin downs, screen the screener actions, etc..) on the offensive end with the intent of getting open mid-range jumpers. His players will occasionally put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, but this mostly comes in the form of fast break points. Thus, the 76ers score 34.3 points in the paint per game (28th in the NBA), which is aided by their 15.7 fast break points per game (ninth in the league). As previously stated, scoring on the interior is not an area of strength for Philadelphia.

Detroit makes this matchup compelling because one of their biggest weaknesses is their inability to stop opponents from scoring at the rim, as evidenced by their 49 points in the paint allowed per game (worst in the league). One can only wonder if Collins will deviate from his typical drive and kick philosophy to instead try to attack a Pistons team that’s been unable to provide any interior resistance so far this season. Getting away from their core values as a basketball group could however compromise the team’s identity as players with no business of putting the ball on the floor could choose to do so.

On the other side of the ball, Philadelphia’s defensive philosophy relies on the idea of keeping the ball out of the paint at all costs. Against the Milwaukee Bucks — a team with a diminutive backcourt like the Pistons — the 76ers big men played off ball-handlers in the pick-and-roll and retreated to the paint. Every other action away from the ball that could potentially spring a player free resulted in the defenders backing away from the screen action just in case a player cut to the basket.

The end result is that the Sixers prefer to allow players to shake loose out on the perimeter as opposed to anywhere else on the court.

The Pistons will have to get creative against the 76ers because they lack the shooters needed to make them pay for the defensive strategy.

This is where going to the pick-and-roll as well as post up situations can be beneficial for Detroit. Indeed, Philly is a good team defensively as a unit, but their individual interior defenders aren’t exactly stoppers. Thus, a patient approach with the ball going inside and then out could be a way of moving the defense and getting them out of position and then driving the ball to the rim.

The Pistons’ offense will be tested tonight, but they need to stay the course and also hit the glass for second chance opportunities at the expense of the 76ers defense.

Read about the 76ers

Philadunkia.

28 Comments

  • Nov 14, 20127:23 pm
    by Mel

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    I like Monroe but he always seems to start games off like he’s smoked a big bag of weed. Too many turnovers.

    • Nov 14, 20127:26 pm
      by theicon77

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      I agree…his eyes always seem sleepy.
       

  • Nov 14, 20127:46 pm
    by Al

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    … Anyway, Pistons look good so far without Stuckey! Monroe and Drummond on the floor together early!! And they look good so far. Singler is looking good as well, good effort so far.

  • Nov 14, 20127:51 pm
    by Mel

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    Yeah the weed must be good. Miss a layup. WOW

  • Nov 14, 20127:57 pm
    by Ron

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    Brandon playing extremely well

  • Nov 14, 20127:58 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Knight looks like he finally gets it

  • Nov 14, 20128:01 pm
    by Mel

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    Knight will be ok, it just takes time to learn the game he still has alot to learn. I’m not worried about him. If you notice he’s playing better without you know who.

  • Nov 14, 20128:03 pm
    by Corey

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    Diminutive backcourt for the pistons? 6-3 and 6-5 is diminutive?  I’d call it rather average. Although Bynum is diminutive for the nba.

  • Nov 14, 20128:06 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Knight looks great without Stuckey

  • Nov 14, 20128:08 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Knight and Singler… looks better than Stuckey has ever looked

  • Nov 14, 20128:11 pm
    by Mel

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    Ok we can get rid of Stuckey now. We now have a smarter player at the 2 and he can shoot 3s. SINGLER!!!

  • Nov 14, 20128:11 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    Still at work — how’s the D looking? Score looks like we’re getting stops, but is it Pistons playing better D or just Philly sucking?

  • Nov 14, 20128:11 pm
    by Al

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    Bk and Singler are ballin tonight!

  • Nov 14, 20128:12 pm
    by Desolation Row

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    Also, whoever was set off earlier on the comments in another thread about Singler starting (Sebastian?) — you’ve just been Singlered. 

  • Nov 14, 20128:13 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Beware of the Process talk after this game and starting Singler again

  • Nov 14, 20128:15 pm
    by Mel

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    I guess we can look at the Pistons playing all of those west coast teams as preparation for playing the east coast teams. Even though we’re turning the ball over alot we still look better than the 76ers. But it’s not over yet, yeah I know.

  • Nov 14, 20128:23 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    i like Brian Hill

  • Nov 14, 20128:28 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    Shaq said Singler looks like Pistol Pete!

  • Nov 14, 20128:30 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    knight is thinking too much now…overpassing…

  • Nov 14, 20128:42 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    who been yelling “BALL DONT LIE” lately?

  • Nov 14, 20128:46 pm
    by Reaction

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    That was such an awesome alley oop pass from Tay to Knight dangggg

  • Nov 14, 20128:59 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    SINGLER WHOA!!!!

  • Nov 14, 20129:14 pm
    by theicon77

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    Figures I have to work tonight so I can’t pay as close attention and this is going to be the game they win.

  • Nov 14, 20129:16 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    lately Knight has been playing some really good defense

  • Nov 14, 20129:26 pm
    by EMBRACE THE PROCESS

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    still need to play Drummond more

  • Nov 14, 20129:32 pm
    by Al

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    Nice win!

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