The Philadelphia 76ers took care of business and beat the best tanking team in the land, your Detroit Pistons, 124-106. It was all Philadelphia's game from the second quarter on, as they improve to 29-2 on their home floor. Detroit has lost 35 of its last 36 games, or something. It doesn’t matter. Tank city.
Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson both returned from fairly lengthy injury vacations to bless the tanking Pistons with their talents. Ben Simmons is hobbled and did not return, and isn’t due back for several more weeks. Embiid, when he wasn’t getting his jumpers blocked by Christian Wood, did his thing to the tune of 30 points and 14 rebounds (five offensive). Al Horford could not be handled by any of Detroit’s bigs either, scoring 20 points on just 11 shots (Al was four assists away from a triple-double).
For Detroit, Svi Mykhailiuk scored 11 in the blink of an eye to begin the game. I was late to my own personal Pistons watching party, but thanks to Pistons-mafia on Twitter, here’s at least one of the early swishes from Svi:
Svi is on fire to start the game pic.twitter.com/6xgWq3zHf3— Christian Groot (@RedAlternates) March 11, 2020
Svi turned out not to be on fire for much of the game, shooting 4-of-13 from the floor. He did, however, have some success setting up others via the pick-and-roll and doing a host of other very Svi things.
It’s more apparent every game it seems like, that Wood is a big time talent and is going to be drowning in green beginning this offseason.
.@Chriswood_5 did it again.— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 12, 2020
Then adds a three to top it off.#PistonsNow powered by @RocketFiber pic.twitter.com/cNRay3nbD2
Wood scored a career-high 32 points, on 14-of-18 shooting. He can score in so many ways. And he plays with consistent effort. We’re here for it.
Khyri Thomas and Donta Hall played a few shifts and didn’t look the part of NBA caliber roster pieces. Donta was manhandled inside by Embiid a fair amount, so I’ll relent and I’ll give him the Prava pass for tonight and won’t be too hard on him. I like that Donta doesn’t back down.
Shout out to Thon Maker. He didn’t play a ton of minutes but he didn’t play poorly either.
Sekou Doumbouya continues to look out of sorts, yet will impress with good situational defense or a strong take, here and there. Sekou played 23 minutes and scored one bucket, grabbed a board and dished had two assists.
The Pistons travel to Toronto on Saturday to tank it up some more...or not. The NBA season has been suspended per the league. Mark is all of us:
The moment Mark Cuban found out the NBA season was suspended. pic.twitter.com/5VxQtVazEy— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) March 12, 2020