Do you think the Detroit Pistons and their faithful have changed their tune about the underdog Sixers after last nights blasting?
ogrady500 on the ESPN Detroit Pistons message board:
“No respect is deserved. The Sixers are a little more than a collection of scrubs, but at least they are putting forth an effort, which is more than I can say for the disgraceful Pistons.
This is about the Pistons playing like complete A-Holes and has almost ZERO to do with anything the Sixers are doing.”
Chauncey Billups after Game 3:
“They’re not supposed to be where they’re at,” Pistons guard Chauncey Billups said. “They’re up 2-1 against a team nobody thought they could beat. I could understand why they’re happy.”
Umm, 11.3ppg, 4.7apg, 3.3rpg, 31% from the field and 25% from three. Mister Billups, I think you need to check yourself because looking at those numbers it appears YOU’RE not supposed to be where you’re at!
This has been stressed, and I agreed with it: The Pistons are a better team than the 76ers, they’re just not playing up to par. Well, now I’m not so sure. How good can a team be when it works so hard to grab a comeback, statement Game 2 win, only to get absolutely annihilated in Game 3.
Was there no lesson to be learned? Or are the playoff-seasoned Pistons just too experienced to have any lessons left to learn on the playoff stage?
The fact that the Sixers were able to destroy the Pistons with our leading scorer ending the game with only 10 points and 6 turnovers speaks to Detroit’s deterioration.
“i respect the philly team and the philly coaching staff immensely. i just don’t respect philly basketball fans right now. they’ve had one of the BEST stories in the nba all season and they still haven’t shown up. even one of the 76ers beat writers admitted today that he didn’t expect this from the team so he had a vacation in disneyworld to go to for games 1 and 2. what kind of “alleged” basketball city is that? the truth of the matter is philadelphia doesn’t deserve this sixers team. and the sad part is that detroit fans don’t deserve this sham of a pistons squad either.”
Guys any idea who that 76ers beat writer is if that comment is accurate? That is pretty sad if it’s true.
I give the 76ers 100% credit for beating Detroit. They have been given nothing. The Sixers could easily have been that inexperienced team that goes down 15 in game one and folds. Then go on to get swept and think it’s not a big deal because no one expected them to win anyway. They didn’t and are giving the Detroit Pistons the business right now.
With that said I think most of us agree Detroit is the more talented team, although this series is proving that to be slightly less true. But I think Detroit fans needs to face facts. The Pistons don’t come to play every game anymore, and you can’t win like that in the playoffs. The Sixers are very young and don’t have as much experience as Detroit, but they sure do work harder. And there is something to be said for effort beating out talent, especially in the NBA where everyone is a pro. That used to be a signature of the Detroit Pistons, but not anymore, evidenced by 1-6 in the last 7 playoff games to perceived lesser opponents. No need for Piston fans to jump off the ledge just yet (wait until after the game on Sunday), but I think Detroit fans should finally come to the realization that they can get beat in this series by the same thing that made them so great during their title run – hard work and defense.