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artificial 04-17-2008 10:22 AM

Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers

Game 1 - Sun April 20 Philadelphia at Detroit 6:00PM ET TNT
Game 2 - Wed April 23 Philadelphia at Detroit 7:30PM ET NBATV
Game 3 - Fri April 25 Detroit at Philadelphia 7:00PM ET ESPN2
Game 4 - Sun April 27 Detroit at Philadelphia 7:00PM ET TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 29 Philadelphia at Detroit TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 1 Detroit at Philadelphia TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 3 Philadelphia at Detroit TBD TNT

Post your series analysis, game comments, etc. here. :)

ppierce34 04-17-2008 11:48 AM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
Don't like the match-up despite the Sixers playing them well this season. Detroit is too experienced and just more talented. I think Detroit will be able to slow down the game and take away the Sixers' strength on offense and the Sixers half-court D isn't strong enough to get the consistent stops to speed up the pace. I think the lack of a legit scorer will hurt them, I just don't think Dre is that guy, and you need that in the playoffs.

I say it goes 5, Sixers steal one at home with a poor shooting game by Detroit.

Jailblazers7 04-17-2008 10:12 PM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
Probably a 5 games series but this is more about getting our young guys playoff experience and a sense of what it takes to succeed in the playoffs. It will be good for our guys to see how Detroit handles their business in the playoff.

artificial 04-20-2008 02:31 PM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
Found some articles about the matchup on I quoted what I found interesting and left some things off; click on the links to see the rest.

And anyways, the sixers' series starts today. Go sixers :D


The Back Court

Point Guard- Andre Miller vs Chauncey Billups

This match-up will be the most compelling of the series. Miller had a career year for the Sixers, averaging 17.0 points, 6.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2% from the floor. (...)For the Sixers to have success they are going to rely on Miller to do more of the same (getting teammates involved and stepping up when a bucket is needed). Their half-court offense has struggled at times, so Miller will need to assert himself as a scorer when the O can’t get it going.

Miller’s job won’t be easy though as he’ll have to contend with the Pistons best player- Chauncey Billups. Billups was named to his third All-Star Team and should certainly be in consideration for an All-NBA selection (would be his third straight). Billups and Miller have similar styles in that they both like to bully smaller guards by backing them down on the low block.(...)

It’s not as much about the percentage of field goals Miller connects on as it is about the timing of those field goals.

Shooting Guard- Willie Green vs Richard 'Rip' Hamilton


The key to guarding Hamilton will be Green’s ability to stay on him as he runs through the screens. The Sixers will also have no problem switching assignments as Miller, Green, and Andre Iguodala can all match-up with the Pistons back court, but limiting Hamilton’s open looks will be essential if the Sixers are to have success.

Small Forward- Andre Iguodala vs Tayshaun Prince


Iguodala’s opponent will be Tayshaun Prince, who is having his typical solid season. Prince will never light up a box score, but his talents can not go unmentioned. At 6-9 with a 7-2 wing span, Prince has freakish length. Combined that with his above average agility and high basketball IQ and you have one of the league’s best defenders.

(...)Although the Sixers could put Thaddeus Young on Prince to match his size, I doubt Head Coach Maurice Cheeks will want to leave him on Prince for long stretches.

artificial 04-20-2008 02:32 PM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers

The Front-court

Power Forward- Reggie Evans/Thaddeus Young vs Antonio McDyess

Weíll list both Evans and Young, because at some point in the series, there is a chance Head Coach Maurice Cheeks is going to give a start to both players. (...)

Reggie Evans has been a source of energy for the Sixers all season long. Cheeks has given free reign to Evans, allowing him to trap and press over all 90 feet of the court. (...) Although Reggieís defense gives the Sixers an edge, his offense might set them back. You wonít see the Sixers post Evans much, and if you see him take a jumper let alone make one, chalk it up as free points.

Thatís where Thaddeus Young steps up to the plate. Young will give the Sixers some offensive fire power from the four position. He has become very crafty around the rim, and has shown the ability to step back and hit jumpers. Young also gives the Sixers an injection of energy. Most power forwards canít stay with him on the break, so look for the Sixers to run with Young leaking out into the open court as much as possible when he is on the floor. Young can also hold on his own on the glass, averaging 4.2 rpg.

Their opponent will be the veteran Antonio McDyess. (...) McDyess wonít play with his back to the basket much, but has a deadly mid-range jumper. The Pistons will look to drive and kick to him if his man leaves him open. McDyess has always been a solid defender, and leads the Pistons in rebounding this season (8.6 rpg), so donít look for any lapses at that end of the floor either.

Center- Samuel Dalembert vs Rasheed Wallace

(...) Sammy has become a force in the paint- rebounding, dunking, and blocking shots. (...) He became one of the Sixers best one-on-one defenders, not needing his teammates to help double-team guys in the low post. That ability allowed the Sixers to stay at home on their primary assignment, and in turn helped the defense improve dramatically.

At 6-10 Rasheed can bang with the best of them on the low block, and has no problem stepping outside and knocking down threes. He is an extraordinary defender, rarely leaving his feet, yet always keeping his hands high in position to block shots. He can rebound and is one of the leagues better passing big-men, not to mention he is the emotional spark for this Pistons team. Chauncey Billups has gone on record saying that when Rasheed is playing well, no one can stop him. The question has never been how good Wallace is, but rather when he will turn it on.

artificial 04-21-2008 12:21 AM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
Holy sh*t, Sixers pulled the game 1 upset :eek:

Couldn't see the game, so game comments are welcomed and appreciated.

iggy> 04-21-2008 03:11 AM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
wow the sixers forum is dead:eek:

o well, lets go sixers. game 2 upset :rockon:

CAAIDN 04-21-2008 05:37 AM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
Congrats to you guys :applause:

ppierce34 04-24-2008 05:00 PM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers
Last night was a bit more of what I thought it would go like. Detroit controlled the pace and took guys out of the game. Still think the Sixers might fight one out at home, but my gut says they lose 3 straight.

Jailblazers7 04-24-2008 09:07 PM

Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers

Originally Posted by ppierce34
Last night was a bit more of what I thought it would go like. Detroit controlled the pace and took guys out of the game. Still think the Sixers might fight one out at home, but my gut says they lose 3 straight.

Im surprised they got one on the road. I thought they would go down 0-2 then win the third at home and lose the next 2 to end the series.

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