Jrue Holiday And The 76ers Set To Host The Winless Pistons
11/14/2012 3:30:00 PM
Detroit Pistons (0-8, 5th in Central) at Sixers (4-3, 3rd in Atlantic)
7:00 PM ET, November 14, 2012
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
PG: Jrue Holiday – 19.1 ppg. / 9.0 apg. / 3.4 rpg.
SG: Jason Richardson – 10.0 ppg. / 9.5 rpg. / 3.3 apg.
SF: Evan Turner – 11.7 ppg. / 8.7 rpg. / 3.6 apg.
PF: Thaddeus Young – 13.9 ppg. / 7.3 rpg. / 1.7 spg.
C: Lavoy Allen – 4.4 ppg. / 3.1 rpg. / 1.2 apg.
PG: Brandon Knight – 11.0 ppg. / 6.5 apg. / 3.8 rpg.
SG: Rodney Stuckey – 9.3 ppg. / 4.3 apg. / 2.3 rpg.
SF: Tayshaun Prince – 11.8 ppg. / 4.1 rpg. / 1.8 apg.
PF: Jason Maxiell – 9.3 ppg. / 5.6 rpg. / 0.3 apg.
C: Greg Monroe – 15.4 ppg. / 8.8 rpg. / 3.4 apg.
Kwame Brown – Calf (Game-time decision)
Andrew Bynum – Right Knee (OUT)
Corey Maggette – Left Calf Strain (Day-to-day)
Last Five Games
L- 11/12 vs. Milwaukee / 105-96
W- 11/10 at Toronto / 93-83
W- 11/9 at Boston / 106-100
W- 11/7 at New Orleans / 77-62
L- 11/5 vs. New York / 110-88
L- 11/12 vs. Oklahoma City / 92-90
L- 11/10 at Houston / 96-82
L- 11/9 at Oklahoma City / 105-94
L- 11/7 at Sacramento / 105-103
L-11/6 at Denver / 109-97
Three Keys to the Game
1. Greg Monroe vs. The Sixers Centers: Greg Monroe is one of the few bright spots for the Detroit Pistons. The third year center out of Georgetown really broke out last season, averaging 15.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for a Pistons team that went 25-41. This year he continues being a very good player on a very, very bad team.
Monroe’s defense is not well-regarded but offensively he is far and away better than any of the Sixers options in the middle. Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes will have their hands full trying to slow him down.
2. Gotta take care of business: Simply put, the winless Detroit Pistons are not a very good team. They rank near the bottom of the NBA in almost every statistical category. They almost pulled a rabbit out of their hat against the Thunder on Monday night but they fell apart in the fourth quarter, allowing OKC to outscore them 30-17 to pick up a two point win.
These are the games that the Sixers absolutely have to win. Losing to a winless team when you hope to be a contender is absolutely unacceptable.
3. Break the 100 point plateau: The Pistons have allowed opponents to score 100 points or greater in five of the team’s eight losses this season. The Sixers have only hit 100 once so far after averaging over 102 points in the preseason. The Pistons are an embarrassment on defense and the Sixers should use this opportunity to get the offense in rhythm.