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Game Preview: Sixers Limp Into Detroit

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The Sixers finish out the road trip at the Palace against an underperforming Pistons squad. Local cats have yet to leave the ground in February.

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February hasn’t been so nice to the Sixers thus far. A four-game road swing has coincided with the team’s most important players nursing nagging injuries, and without Joel Embiid and Robert Covington, the team is mostly an aimless blowout waiting to happen.

After three ugly games, it looks like things are starting to come back together, however. Embiid remains sidelined for the time being with a bone bruise in his knee, but Rock is probable to return tonight, and coming off of a scorching hot January, his services are surely needed at full-go right now for the team to compete at a high level on a nightly basis.

On Detroit’s side, it’s impossible to know which team will show up for them. This is a maddeningly inconsistent team with loads of talent but what seems like very little synergy and/or energy. David Fernandez over at Detroit Bad Boys wrote, on the game tonight, “Should the Pistons ever find a way to string five to six solid games in a row, you’d have to pinch yourself, because you’re probably dreaming.” So things are going well over there.

Still no JoJo tonight, but with Covington looking ready to hit the floor and the Pistons being, well, the Pistons, this one looks in play. Do it for the cats, guys.