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Old 11-22-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default Sixers notes after losing to Pistons

Detroit Pistons 97 @ Philadelphia 76ers 87
November 21, 2006
Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Maurice Cheeks
On today's game ...
"That was a tough game for us considering who we were up against. Playing against a team like Detroit, a veteran, savvy team, that has been to the Finals, I thought that they made the plays when they had to. Early on they took control of the game and we tried to get back in it but we couldn't score the ball. We couldn't make shots."

On the Detroit Pistons...
"I think that they are a savvy basketball team. Tayshaun Prince, although he hasn't been in the league as long as some of those other guys, he is a savvy player offensively and defensively."

On Willie Green's performance...
"I thought Willie (Green) was good. Driving the basketball was one of the things we stressed and putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket a lot. He was certainly a guy that did it. Kyle (Korver) unfortunately couldn't make any shots but normally he makes those shots."

Philadelphia 76ers Forward/Guard Andre Iguodala
On what the Sixers need to do if they are missing Allen Iverson and Chris Webber...
"We need to bring more energy, and look for more help from each other."

On what the Sixers can take away from tonight's loss...
"A game like tonight helps us understand the little things. Penetrating, kicking to the open man and playing team basketball."

On how the absence of Allen Iverson and Chris Webber affected the Sixers offense tonight...
"The quality of shots [wasn't] too good tonight. [There were] too many quick shots, and we didn't get enough ball movement and reversal. I think that is from [Allen and Chris] not being here."

Philadelphia 76ers Guard Willie Green
On tonight's loss...
"We played a veteran team, a team that may not be exactly the same team they used to be, but they play well together. It would've taken an A+ game to beat those guys tonight, and we went out there and played B basketball."

On how the Sixers can win if Allen Iverson and Chris Webber are out again...
"We've got to use our energy more. We kind of sat back a little bit, we didn't pressure them enough and we just didn't run enough against those guys. In order for us to win without Allen and Chris, we need to use our energy and get out and run more."

Detroit Pistons Head Coach Flip Saunders
On tonight's game...
"We're at our best when we have the ability to execute offensively and not turn the ball over. Defensively, try to control as much as you cannot allow teams to get on runs and have the ability to change your defense knowing at some point you're going to be able to get on a run and get that six, seven, eight, nine-point cushion and play off of that. "

On Rasheed Wallace's performance tonight...
"I think he's getting in better shape. He's got a good focus right now; doing it all; rebounding, blocking shots. Defensively we're getting better contesting shots. He's getting comfortable and they're all getting comfortable playing together."

Detroit Pistons Guard Chauncey Billups
On tonight's game...
"It was a good win for us a win like tonight without their big two stars it's easy to let your guard down. I thought we came in very aggressive and took control of the game. We pretty much controlled the game the entire way."

On the team's third straight win...
"We're starting to get better and that's all we can ask is that we try to get better every single night. Our effort is there every single night now and we're picking up our defensive intensity."

On Rasheed Wallace's performance tonight...
"Rasheed is and always will be our X-factor. He's a guy who is capable of a double-double every night. You can't ask somebody to get better every night but he's capable of that. When he gives us a double-double in the game it's tough to beat us, we rarely lose when it happens."

Detroit Pistons Forward Rasheed Wallace
On his team's chemistry...
"It hasn't changed, its not different at all. We're still a hard-nosed defensive team. In the beginning of the season, we struggled a little trying to get our lineups together. Eleven games in the season we're not concerned with anything but we're still playing hard-nosed defense, don't get it fooled."
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