|Thaddeus Young, PF 29 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -7Thad and Co. gave Greg Monroe fits. The Pistons forward shot 1-of-6 from the field and had three turnovers, and two technical fouls, resulting in a second-half ejection. Thad, quietly (as usual), scored a team-high 24 points in 29 minutes.|
|Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1An efficient 20-point afternoon for Turner. His two 3-pointers late in the third quarter that gave the Sixers false hope heading into the final period.|
|Hollis Thompson, SF 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13He was underwhelming in his first career start (in place of James Anderson), but that’s to be expected from an undrafted free agent. The question: was this a one-time deal? Or will the rookie swingman get some more appearances in the starting lineup?|
|Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -3Andre Drummond scored and rebounded at will against Spencer Hawes, and anyone else the Sixers threw at him. Hawes wasn’t entirely responsible for Drummond’s 12-of-15, 31-point performance — this was a team effort — but he was rendered useless against the 6-foot-11 center.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8Another sexy, albeit inefficient stat line for the early ROY favorite, who did a decent job handling Pistons’ second-leading scorer Brandon Jennings. Nothing that MCW, or anybody can do if and when Jennings is hitting fadeaway jumpers.|
By the Numbers:
Five. The number of Pistons with double-figure points after the first half. Also, the number of Pistons in double-figures after the game.
Quote of the Game:
“Throw it down, big man.”
The Pistons caught fire early from downtown and Andre Drummond was unstoppable. Whatever.
What stood out, though, was Brown’s coaching. Trailing by 19 points, coach Brett Brown decided to hack Andre Drummond — something I suspect would have been frowned upon by a certain former head coach. (Reader(s?), please correct me if I’m wrong — but I don’t recall Doug Collins once using a hack-a-strategy).
The strategy worked, at least temporarily. Drummond, a 29 percent foul shooter, hit 2-of-8 free throws (six of which were off intentional fouls) in that stretch, and was subsequently subbed out of the game. Playing against a Drummond-less Pistons, the Sixers took advantage and cut the deficit to 12 heading into the fourth quarter.
Drummond returned to the court and subsequently dominated the Sixers’ undersized frontcourt. That’ll happen. But the big takeaway here is that when Brown had no answer, personnel-wise, he coached outside-the-box. It was Popovich-esque.