The Detroit Pistons welcomed the Sixers to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night, hoping for an easy win. Nearly every team has written the lowly Sixers off, and rightfully so. Detroit, at just 17-27 heading into tonight, handed them a loss much worse than the 113-96 score line indicated.
Heading into the game, the two teams had met two times previously this season. In those two meetings, the Pistons front line of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, and Josh Smith corralled 38 and 31 rebounds respectively.
In the Sixers’ defense, the bad news came even before tip-off when starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams was ruled out due to a sore right shoulder.
Drummond, in particular, was extremely effective against the Sixers in their last match-up, finishing with 31 points and 19 rebounds. Tonight was no different. The 20-year old budding superstar finished with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting and 14 rebounds.
Monroe chipped in another productive night for Detroit, netting 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting while hauling in 12 boards. At one point in the first half, Drummond and Monroe were a combined 10-0f-10 from the field for 24 points.
While Smith struggled, Kyle Singler looked great in extended minutes. In minutes, he managed to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds.
For Philadelphia, it was more of the same. The defense, or lack thereof, proved detrimental once again. Detroit scored at will inside when they wanted to. As a matter of fact, the two bigs, Drummond and Monroe, finished a combined 18-of-21 from the field.
The size of Detroit proved to be too much for the Sixers to handle as well. As a team, the Pistons managed 22 offensive rebounds and 57 total. In retrospect, the Sixers grabbed just 44.
Dewayne Dedmon is on his second and final 10-day contract of the season. However, it expires tomorrow, meaning Sam Hinkie and company will need to make a decision on whether or not to retain his services for the remainder of the season. Despite the less than eye-boggling numbers that he has posted over his 20 days as a member of the Sixers, he has provided some much-needed energy, length, and activity at both ends of the floor. In a 17-point loss, Dedmon was the most energetic player on Brett Brown’s squad once more.
Next on the Sixers’ schedule is the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays’ Center on Monday. All in all, this was a sloppy game on both ends, but as usual, the Sixers were sloppier.