As it turned out, rebounding was exactly what the Sixers struggled with in their 94-76 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday. Detroit completely dominated the glass, outrebounding the Sixers 57-38 en route to their 18-point victory. Pistons' center Greg Monroe led the way with 18 boards (to go along with 19 points), while power forward Jason Maxiell grabbed 12 rebounds.
Rebounding and defense is all about effort - a trait that seemed to be in short supply tonight. The Sixers are now 1-3 at home on the season, and 4-4 overall.
- Rebounding wasn't even the team's biggest issue tonight: The Sixers shot 29.8% on the night, which happened to be a record-low for the Wells Fargo Center. And the cherry on top? They shot 65.7% from the charity stripe (21-for-32).
- Much like the rest of the team, "Jrue Holiday's Turnover Extravaganza" took the night off. The Sixers' starting point guard only had one turnover against the Pistons, and he finished with 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. He did, however, shoot 4-for-13 from the floor.
- Lavoy Allen came off the bench tonight and chipped in 14 points and 6 boards before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
- Once again, there was way too much standing around, and not enough ball movement on offense. Through three quarters, the Sixers had 10 assists. Holiday was responsible for seven of them.
- And once again, Evan Turner turned in a subpar effort (3 points on 1-for-6 shooting, 3 rebounds, 2 assists). Turner logged a shade above 23 minutes on the night, and one has to wonder if he's getting closer to Doug Collins' doghouse.
On behalf of the Sixers, I would like to take a moment to apologize for that horrible display of basketball. Even Andrew Bynum's hair was surprised at the lack of effort shown tonight.
Our very own Dave Reuter crafted a haiku in the game thread that summed up the game succinctly:
The Sixers got worked
But I guess somebody had
To lose to Detroit
Full recap to come. Spoiler alert: It doesn't get any better.