|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 41 MIN | 10-21 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | -8It was the sort of offensive performance we’ve come to expect: solid, efficient, and impressive. Thad worked inside and out and put some pressure on Detroit’s bigs early on.|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -7Hawes was active in all facets, sure, but he couldn’t keep Drummond off the offensive boards (again). He was able to lure the Detroit front court away from the basket with his 3-point shooting, but the Pistons’ bevy of bigs was too much on both sides of the floor.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 9-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -7Heck of a first half for MCW, wreaking havoc in transition and scoring effectively in the paint, even taking Will Bynum down to the post. The second half was a different story. He definitely interrupts the passing lanes with his long arms, and that’s a plus, but Bynum routinely burned him off the dribble and burst his way into the lane. His on-ball defense left something desired.|
|Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -2With Wroten having an off-game, Williams served as the team’s energizer bunny. He had some electric dunks and attacked the rim all night.|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-6 FG | 3-6 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -11There were the flashy moments that are always there — some quirky-looking passes and two incredible blocks. But overall, it was a really rough game for Wroten. He was 1-of-6 from the field, he turned the ball over in key moments, and didn’t make his free throws.|
By the numbers: 62 rebounds, 25 offensive boards, and 14 blocks: the numbers for the Pistons’ uber-physical and athletic starting front-court (Drummond, Monroe, Smith) Philly’s respective numbers (Hawes, Young, and Turner)? 19, 4, and 1.
Parting shots: Philly started the game hot, taking a 16-point lead at one point in the first quarter. The Pistons, despite a slew of turnovers, kept themselves in the game and narrowed the score to single digits by halftime. Between the monster night from Josh Smith and the sheer obliteration at the basket by Drummond and Smith, Detroit’s size was too much.