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Detroit Pistons lose home court to Philadelphia 76er’s

by james on April 21st, 2008

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

The Pistons just could not take care of business. They missed shot after shot. It got ugly.

Philadelphia was behind by 15 points in the 3rd quarter and rallied back. With 4 minutes in the 4th quarter, Pistons fans got the sense that the 76ers were going to win. That is an unfamiliar feeling.

Usually at that time of the game it is all Pistons as they choreograph one easy bucket after another and put the stops on opposing team’s offense, but not tonight as an inspired Philadelphia led by Andre Miller kept charging towards victory.

The 76ers usually sent 3 and sometimes 4 to the glass on Piston misses of wide open shots. Those rebounds resulted in running opportunities at the other end and the 76ers made them pay.

Rip Hamilton missed his shots off the curl plays. Rasheed Wallace missed a couple of inside bunnies, one a turn around that left him wide open and one on a beautiful inside drop step that left him with a layup. Tayshaun Prince was brought in the rescue them and missed two wide open mid-range jump shots. It got ugly.

Maybe the worst stretch was when Chauncey Billups missed 3 free throws in a row and tried to squeeze in a layup in a crowd and missed. This happened while 50% free throw shooter Reggie Evans buried two free throws and made a turnaround jumper from the top of the key. Ouch. Oh my, it got ugly.

Maybe even worse was wasting a monster effort by Rasheed Wallace.

Wallace had 24 points, nine rebounds and matched a franchise playoff record with seven blocks.

The Pistons were leading by 7 going into the fourth quarter, and as usual were plagued by inconsistent offense.

The Pistons, notorious for their inconsistent effort, proved the cushion wasn’t large enough.

“That’s Detroit,” Iguodala said. “They turn it on and turn it off.

“We just kept fighting the whole way.”


There were concerns that Coach Flip Saunders would shorten the bench during the playoffs and the same old tired Pistons that lost to LeBron and the Cavaliers last year would be stuck on the floor too much.

The guard play needs to improve. (Hamilton missed 12 of 17 shots.) The celebrated “new” bench was little more than Maxiell. Wallace said he’ll “take this one on the chin,” but he’s the last guy who should feel responsible. He played hard from the opening tip.

Well, Flip did keep the bench on the bench during the important moments and hopefully he will think twice before doing that again.

NBA Basketball special comment Before Piston fans start complaining, keep in mind this is a seven game series and it will be hard for Philadelphia to repeat what it did here tonight. They buried a lot of shots, while Detroit missed quite a few easy ones.

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