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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 at 8:51 am  |  22 responses

Pistons-Sixers Game 2:Philly Gets Mugged

And we have our first 1-1 series

By Michael Tillery

Remember when you used to mug your little brother in the face with your whole hand? Maybe you were the little brother who got mugged. Maybe you still get mugged. It’s not cool is it? Gives you that messed up feeling in ya gut huh?

Well last night the Philadelphia 76ers were mugged by the Detroit Pistons with a ten man hand, 105-88. The Pistons have been big brothers to the Eastern Conference for the better part of the decade so did you really think they weren’t going to respond after the Game 1 shocker like they normally would have in the past?

The Pistons have so much pride and their nucleus has been together for so long that there was just no way they were going to let the little brothers of the Eastern Conference take two in the D.

They constructed a veteran tough and professionally clean philosophy to dissect the upstart Sixers with defense that was Bad Boys playoff reminiscent. They fought through screens, kept the Sixers thinking with crisp ball movement, while also getting offensive boards that created extra possessions to efficiently suck the life out of Philly. Then, they made open shots initialized by Roscoe and Rip to give the Sixers an insecure feeling not usual after winning the first game of a series on the road. Detroit challenged themselves to perform at a heightened intensity not seen since the first couple games of last year’s playoffs.

Visualize Sheed being so heated that he slept in the arena ever since the loss in Game 1…cussin’ out the janitors just because they whistled while they worked as he tried to sleep on the training table one sock on, one sock off with crooked Clark Kent glasses–with the tape in the middle–and slobberin’ and snoring all over an Ultra Man blanky.

Imagine that.

You know the next day the man put the fear of West Philly Wilt running through a bunch of Broad Streets in his teammates to the tune Chauncey probably said: “That shut yo mouth’s crazy!”

Anyway, I guess the brotha got his proper rest because he came out and shot 6-10 for 16 points had 7 rips and 3 blocks to effectively make sure the Sixers left Detroit with a sickening inferiority complex as they return home to Philly.

Rip Hamilton hasn’t been playing well after suffering a recent hip injury, so Flip Saunders gave him the lion’s share of starter minutes and he responded with a game high 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 dimes.

Every starter with the exception of Billups scored at least 16 points in minimal minutes. The Pistons shot 60 % in the first half and 54% for the game while holding the Sixers to 39%.

Chauncey, who finished with nine points, was hot after Flip took him out. That doesn’t bode will for Andre Miller in Game 3.

Miller’s level of play (14 points) fell off as well, so look for a spirited battle between he and Mr. Big Shot Friday and Sunday.

The kids on the Pistons bench mopped up and finished the Sixers off with workmanlike and steady play.

The Sixers reserves outscored the Philly starters 50-38 and were led by Lou Williams with 17 points. If there was anyone who played with straight fire it was Reggie Evans. Evans followed up his stellar play in Game 1 with 13 points and 11 boards. He went after everything loose and matched the Pistons energy with some of his own, but he was the only Sixer able to do so.

Mo Cheeks will have to find a way for his young team to step up with confidence, intensity and precise execution of his game plan or his overachievers will be thoroughly embarrassed for the duration of the series.

For all the wreck Flip has caught from his critics for perceived recent Detroit post season failure, he has early on in the series convincingly put together a game plan that has ripped the soul out of Andre Iguodala’s air and floor game. He only scored 4 points last night. In the first two games of the series, Dre has shot 5-24 and is averaging a gotta get better 10 points. Tayshaun Prince has Iggy on lock and the Sixers have no chance unless the man who falls from the ceiling gets his game off track.

Remember he turned down a contract extension in November. The rest of the series will be a definite indicator whether or not he breaks the bank this summer and maxes out.

The question must be asked: Is Andre Iguodala a budding superstar?

We shall see as the Philly faithful welcome their game changer back for two–dressed in crowd electrifying white tees as they fanatically boo Sheed’s Apollo Creed.

Jason Maxiel’s only bucket was a boof on Jason Smith’s dome that symbolized a quick kiss goodnight…just when you thought you were getting a little bit more but ended up mad and sighing yourself to sleep–frustrated but snoring–while clutching a Deeetroit Basketball Roscoe blanky.

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  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    McDyess and Tay were actually the difference last night, Dice with his double-double, and Tay with his D on Iggy and efficient offense and usual stat stuffing. Good stuff, Mizzo.

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  • Tuomas

    Thanks Michael, great stuff. Nothing is quite like those good ol’ classic Detroit whuppings. I’m probably most pleased with the Zoo Crew continuing what they started in the regular season. Won’t hurt either if the Dice Man keeps this up.

  • http://www.anthonyxgilbert.com AG.

    Watching this series is tough Mike. We have been covering the 76ers all season and because of that fact, we believe in them. We are also tried and true PHILADELPHIA, so it is always a good look to watch Sheed do what he does best.

    Friday in Philly is going to be insane.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Tuomas: Preach. I enjoyed last nights game. BTW, you need to stick around. I need some more Detroit faithful in here.
    On a side note: I’m tempted to call out of work tomorrow, drive to Philly tonight, and be at the game tomorrow. I’ll meet you there, Mizzo!

  • B. Long

    This series is gonna be way better for the Pistons in the long run than the Celtics laughing there way past the Hawks. Sheed and The Preying Mantis(Tyshaun) got there game face on.

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  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    The greatest South Park of all time was on last night(Mr. Towelie!!!), so i didnt watch this. Thanks for the notes…..i guess. This is like thanksgiving all over agian!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks for waking up, Pistons.

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    Last night was the first when I wasn’t really looking forward to any of the Playoff games. This was the only one that wasn’t wholly predictable, but as soon as it started it was obvious that Philly were going to get “mugged with a ten-man hand” (nice way to put it, Mr. Tillery!). I will say this though: Detroit can afford to act all condescending like they’re the 72 Lakers against an inferior Sixer squad, but if they keep this up, they’ll be done before long.

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    I refuse to respect Detroit as a serious Championship contender. They’re the Ronaldinho of NBA teams: ability but no motivation. That irritates me.

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    Plus Billups kinda looks like Dinho.

  • Marvin

    Thanx Pistons. Now lets take the series, and move to the next round, take that, Conference finals, take that too, Finals, well guess what take that too. Pistons Champs 2008.
    Rosqoe, Tay, Mr. Big Shot, Rip, Dice, Zoo Crew.

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    Marvin:

    The Pistons are too good to actually WIN the chip.

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    sixers will win game 3 and then lose out

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    Khalid:

    Why do you say that?

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    Because, I mean, I would think that Detroit will win the next game, then play with no urgency in Game 4 and losing before killing off the series.

  • http://www.tasa201.wordpress.com Tariq

    I apologize for my Reggie-Miller-like grammar skills.

  • Tuomas

    TAD: I was just about to post how I’ll hang here more since I now finally have a working and relatively fast internet connection. However, at that point it of course went awol for several hours. Woulda loved to see the whole game, now I had to settle for highlights since I live in nba periphery (a.k.a. Finland) and have to get by mostly on torrents.

  • michelle

    Philly is in over their heads. Pistons in 5.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Finland, huh? Slam unites the world!

  • Tuomas

    There’s not many of us at the slamdome, the only one I’m aware of (living here at some point or another) is Slobo Chutzpah. Yeah, don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t copped Slam no. 2 with SK on the cover. Now I even own almost every Curtis Mayfield album…

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