Sixers Show Little Effort In Loss To Previously Winless Pistons
11/15/2012 10:30:00 AM
A terrible defensive effort doomed the Sixers to a 94-76 loss to the previously winless Detroit Pistons (1-8) on Wednesday night in South Philadelphia.
"I don't know how many times I asked the coaches, 'What's going on?' I have no idea,” said Doug Collins after the game. “I thought we were in slow motion."
The Sixers (4-4) were down just six after the first quarter and 18 at the half before eventually losing by the same margin. The Sixers were unable to get back into the game due to the fact that they set a new building record in futility, shooting just 29.8 percent from the floor.
The previous low was 30 percent against the New York Knicks way back when on Nov. 30, 1999.
Lavoy Allen led the team in scoring with 14 points off the bench. Kwame Brown started at center in place of Allen but only managed to score three points and pull down one rebound in 12 minutes of action.
Detroit came into the game ranked 30th in rebounding but they ended up winning the battle of the boards easily, 57-38. Third year center Greg Monroe pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds or more than Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Allen and Brown combined (17).
"They came out tonight and executed,” said Collins. “They defended us. They were bigger, stronger and knocked us around."
Added Hawes: "There's no excuse for the effort, or lack thereof, that we came out with tonight. We've got some stuff to work on to get ready for this game on Friday."
Four Pistons starters scored double-digit points: Monroe (19), rookie Kyle Singler (16), Tayshaun Prince (15) and Brandon Knight (15).
Possibly the only positive one can take away from this game is the fact that the Sixers only committed 4 turnovers and none of those were attributed to Jrue Holiday.
The Sixers will look to get right on Friday night when they welcome the Jazz into town in game three of their five game homestand. Utah (4-5) lost to the Celtics last night, 98-93.
Remember, you’ll be able to hear the game on 97.5 The Fanatic. Pregame coverage starts at 6:50.