With the Pistons fighting for every loss, DBB is left without a game thread. So The Boourns, better known for his intentional walk of Prince Fielder in AAA Little League Baseball 18 years ago steps up to ensure a proper forum for buffoonery.
The Pistons (4-16, Last in Central) are taking on one of the more surprising starts in the NBA in the 76ers (13-6, 1st in Atlantic). While the only game I've seen the Sixers play this year was a prior win over the Pistons, I get the feeling that Doug Collins has this team playing "the right way". They feature 8 guys averaging at least 9 points a game, and their scoring leader is their 6th man in Lou Williams.
As a team, they sport an almost 4:1 Assist to Turnover ratio, most of which is driven out of Andre Iguodola and Lou Williams (Holiday leads the team in assists, but also leads the team in turnovers). Iguodola is producing all over the floor with 13 points, 6 boards, and almost 5 assists to go along with 2 steals per game.
Needless to say, the Pistons could have their hands full with the defensive tenacity that the Sixers have played with thus far.
Keys to the Game
Feed the Moose
You wouldn't think Monroe would be bothered too much by either Hawes or Brand, however both are playing spectacular defense with D-Ratings of 91 and 92 respectively. Getting Moose going could ultimately help balance the floor and allow for cutting and driving lanes.
Move the ball from side-to-side!
Pistons aren't going to get easy buckets against the Sixers and they're about to embark on an exhausting schedule with 7 games in 9 days and their first triple header of the season starting on Monday. Moving the ball through crisp passes can keep our young legs a little more fresh rather than depending on isolation and drives to the basket.
Against a team as defensively gifted as the Sixers have been this year, our only hope for keeping it close is to limit turnovers and play efficient basketball
Questions of the Game
Who will be the scoring threat off the bench tonight? Daye broke out against Miami and then Maxiell against the Hawks...will Jerebko give us the necessary spark to keep it close?