Emburned Pistons

By: Kylan Watson

The Detroit Pistons travelled to Philadelphia with vengeance on their minds after the Sixers blew them off their home-floor on Sunday afternoon. Whatever plan they had got thrown out the window because Philly once again dropped Detroit 147-116 thanks to an explosive return from Joel Embiid.

The Sixers jumped on the Pistons from the opening tip-off they hit their first few shots from the field and were led by the trio of James Harden (16-points, grabbed 11-rebounds, and had 15-assists), Tobias Harris (14-points), and Joel Embiid (36-points, and grabbed 11-rebounds) who combined for 66 of Philly’s 147-points.  The trio was dominant tonight as they made the Pistons defenders pay for daring to give them room to put a shot up. If they overplayed on the perimeter, they would use their size to attack the basket. Harden’s playmaking ability has continued to open more dimensions for Philly’s offense. Tonight, he rewarded his teammates for finding holes in Detroit’s defensive scheme, with an on-point pass that led to a dunk, lay-up, or wide-open corner three-pointer. If Philly can continue to take advantage of Harden’s adept passing ability, they will be the best offense in the league. Embiid returning from a foot injury only adds to a surging offense. He picked up right where he left off and Philly was so dominant tonight, he did not have to play in the fourth quarter. He made 12/20 shots tonight and Detroit had no answers for him and not many teams do when he’s that efficient from the field.

Despite the offensive explosion from Harden, Harris and Embiid, Detroit continued to fight tonight. They were led by Saddiq Bey the former Villanova product scored 15-points tonight. It was not enough but he did all he could to keep his team in the game. At times the Sixers had to devote extra attention on him to keep him in check during this game. Philly also did enough to keep everybody else on the team in check so Bey did not get the required offensive help it would take to overcome their lead.

When the Sixers play like they did tonight not many teams can keep up with them. They now will prepare for the Oklahoma City Thunder. This is another squad with a young and athletic backcourt that presents defensive challenges for Philly. They will need to play like they did tonight to keep them in check. Additionally, they will need to make sure the Thunder do not have any room to breathe, when they have an offensive possession.  If they want to get their 26th victory of the season on Thursday night.

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