It’s an unexpected setback, and it’s a stain! In the race for first place in the East, the Sixers lost last night on the floor of the Pistons (102-94), and it could be expensive at the time of the accounts. Without being great, Joel Embiid’s teammates led for 43 minutes. With the handbrake, but that was enough. Thanks in particular to their aggressiveness, with a lot of free throws.
And then Killian Hayes and Kelly Olynyk took matters into their own hands. Braxton Key and Isaiah Livers plant at 3-pointers, and the Sixers begin to doubt. Dwane Casey brings Cade Cunningham into play, and in the momentum of his 3rd quarter, he gives the advantage to the Pistons (86-85). Doc Rivers put Joel Embiid back in the game, but the “momentum” is for Detroit, and Cade Cunningham will take the game on his own.
He distributes the game wonderfully, supported by a very good Hayes. Their teammates are served in good conditions, and Saddiq Bey lets go. He planted 10 points in four minutes, and the Pistons flew to victory!
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– Philly grids a joker. The Sixers drop to 4th place, with two fewer wins than the Heat and Bucks. Unlike these two formations and the Celtics, Philly has not yet validated its ticket to the playoffs, and it remains under threat from the Bulls and Raptors.
– Detroit is no longer last. Dwane Casey keeps saying his team is progressing, and after three straight losses, his young troop hold their landmark victory. As a reward, the Pistons are no longer last in the NBA.
✅Cade Cunningham. He is now well placed for the title of Rookie Of The Year. He’s become a real boss, and his influence on the game is immense. He got stronger as the match progressed, and his second half was remarkable. He dominated the Maxey-Harden duo. Who can say the same?
✅The Pistons bench. After the match, Dwane Casey explained that his substitutes turned the tide of the game, and it’s true. In particular the Hayes-Olynyk duo which displays the best +/- of Detroit. The coach left them as long as possible in the 4th quarter.
✅Joel Embiid. Even if he loses 7 balls, he is the only one who gave his all for 48 minutes. He martyred the racket, but lacked support down the stretch. All of a sudden, the Sixers stopped playing…
⛔James Harden. 4 out of 15 on shots. A defense that does not exist. No influence in the “money time”. He was the Harden of bad nights, almost caricatural in his search for the fault on the drives. His lack of impact in the 4th quarter was really worrying.
⛔The Sixers bench. A stat to sum up the lack of impact of the substitutes. The incumbents scored the team’s first 69 points… It took until the end of the 3rd quarter, and a 3-pointer from Shake Milton for the bench to unlock its counter. Opposite, the Detroit bench scored 39 points, against 8 for the Sixers…
Detroit (21-56) : back-to-back on the OKC side
Philadelphia (46-30) : Saturday reception of the Hornets