Final: Pistons 109, Sixers 101The Sixers came into Detroit the night after it was reported that Doug Collins would be done coaching after the season is over. Despite the news, the team didn't play terrible. It wasn't a great performance, but not bad. Normally in a loss for the Sixers that's hard to say, but not today. The problem today for the Sixers was #10 on the other team, Greg Monroe. It didn't seem to matter who was dealing with Monroe, he wasn't going to be stopped this game. Greg Monroe was 10/14 for 27 points and 16 rebounds. The Sixers don't have too many great defenders with size. When a 6' 11" man like Greg Monroe gets hot, there isn't much a team like the Sixers can do.The Sixers defense wasn't at its best tonight. They gave up 30 points in the first quarter tonight on 69% shooting and 33 points in the third on 48% shooting. It was a 9 point defecit heading into the fourth quarter, but clearly the Pistons were too much. Monroe continued to hit the boards and score inside while the rest of the team continued to drop three point shots. Defensively this game could have been a lot better and will need to be in the next game.
Dorell Wright led the way tonight for the Sixers with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Except for Damien Wilkins, all the starters finished with double figures in scoring. They did enough to win the game on the offensive end, but not being able to stop the other team has been the story all year.
Wednesday night is the season finale for the Sixers as they head to Indiana to take on the Pacers. The Pacers have the third seed in the east locked up so we should expect the Pacers to give their starters some extra rest. The Sixers should be able to pull out a win if they face the second string of the Pacers.