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Philly’s own or Philly’s owned?

Essentials

  • Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (15-32) at Detroit Pistons (18-27)
  • Date: February 1, 2014
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons are currently on the outside of the playoff picture, trailing the New York Knicks. They are only three games out of the eighth spot and luckily for them, the Philadelphia 76ers are coming into the Palace of Auburn Hills tonight.

In the previous two contests, Detroit has vanquished Philadelphia by double digits. The Pistons are averaging 114.5 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting versus Philly this season.

The success of Maurice Cheeks’ group against the Sixers has been predicated on the strength of their offensive rebounding. Indeed, Detroit has snatched 41 offensive rebounds, which has helped them average a staggering 51 points in the paint in the first two meetings.

The star of the matchups has undoubtedly been Andre Drummond. He has bullied Philly to the tune of 21 points, 15.5 rebounds, four blocks and three steals per game on 63 percent field-goal shooting.

On the flip side, Thaddeus Young has been the best offensive player for the 76ers against Detroit this year. He’s produced 23 points per game on 50 percent shooting, which has kept Phill relatively close.

In the same breath, Young’s poor job on the boards is one of the reasons that Detroit has dominated his team on the glass. Thus, if he continues to average less than five rebounds per game in this series, the Pistons will likely maintain their edge as the top team in this head-to-head battle.

The Pistons have dominated the paint and the charity stripe because of their interior play against Philadelphia this season, and truthfully, there’s no reason to expect anything different tonight.

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16 Comments

  • Feb 1, 20147:09 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Do you guys think the Pistons will make the playoffs? How about those Bobcats? Knicks? Nets? IDK I Just don’t see it happening! 

  • Feb 1, 20147:41 pm
    by James

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    No, and I sincerely hope they don’t to be honest. I WANT CHANGE@@@

  • Feb 1, 20147:41 pm
    by James

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    Just watch the power forward match up tonight.

  • Feb 1, 20149:09 pm
    by gmehl

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    For once I wish they’d keep feeding the ball to KCP while he’s making shots. Let the kid go for 20+ for crying out loud!

  • Feb 1, 20149:19 pm
    by james

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    Yeah, they could and should be using him just like RIP was used. The kid can shoot if they let him.

  • Feb 1, 20149:19 pm
    by james

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    Damn Philly is a HORRIBLE team.

  • Feb 1, 20149:28 pm
    by gmehl

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    That Will Bynum/Hollis Thompson jump ball typifies our season. Good eye by the official to point out to both those dumb asses they were jumping the wrong way.

  • Feb 1, 20149:43 pm
    by james

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    And this game also showed me that Turner and Young ain’t nearly worth trading for, not even for Smith and his crappy contract. Turner is absolutely GARBAGE!!!!!

  • Feb 1, 20149:53 pm
    by gmehl

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    3 x 20/10 games tonight Drummond, Monroe & Singler. Pity it was against the Sixers. Any stat guys out there know the last time 3 pistons have done that?? I’ll take a stab at it and say the last time it was done was done by B.Wallace, R.Hamilton and C.Billups.

  • Feb 1, 20149:58 pm
    by james

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    Notice Gores hugging Andre at the end of the game tonight. Hmmmm, I wonder why he didn’t go holla and high 5 his two prized free agents, Lmao.

  • Feb 1, 201411:13 pm
    by Domnick

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    No match sixers

  • Feb 1, 201411:38 pm
    by Smitty

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    .5 games out of the playoffs 4 games out of 5th seed.

    • Feb 2, 201412:36 am
      by gmehl

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      4 games is a lot to make up for a dysfunctional crew like ours. Tonights game proved nothing to me. We were still slow on perimeter rotations for 3s and any other team would’ve hit them. These games against tanking teams like Philly are fools gold. We still suck just not enough to lose against a team deliberately trying not to win.

      • Feb 2, 20142:03 am
        by Smitty

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        The East is dysfunctional. My guess is that we make some trades and become good enough to make the playoffs. Tanking will be harder than the playoffs. Write that down.

  • Feb 2, 20142:03 am
    by Ryan

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    It feels good to get a win and really good to see lots of guys have good games. Of course it’s against a weak team but in this very ugly season we take what we can.

    I hope they can find a way to move Josh Smith there are a lot of potential deals out there if we’re willing to give him up for little in return and I completely believe that we’re better off without him. I’m hoping that we trade Smith and more than that I hope that Tom Gores has learned not to take shortcuts. Hire quality people especially in player development (Rasheed Wallace is a good start) and keep building through the draft and intelligent trades. Don’t out bid yourself for free agents no one else wants. It’s not that complicated.

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