Pistons eliminated from playoffs with loss to Sixers, 115-108

posted by Dr. Darrius - 


The Detroit Pistons' last hopes for a possible playoff berth stalled tonight with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-108.  The loss halts the Pistons' 5 game win-streak and potential post-season play. A win tonight, and a few hopeful loses from other teams would've put the Pistons in good position for the 8th spot in the NBA playoffs. With only 4 games remaining in the regular season, Detroit is officially eliminated. 

The Sixers constant offensive motion is what makes them one of the toughest teams in the league to guard. Coach Stan Van Gundy credits Philly for having, "two of the three best guys in the entire league moving without the ball with Redick and Belinelli and they tore us up tonight, they were 16-for-25 and 9 and 14 from three and they just kept getting space we just couldn't keep up with them." 

Four of Detroit's five starters shot 50% or better. Andre Drummond added his 60th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds.  Anthony Tolliver recorded a season-high-tying 25 points, connecting on a career-high seven 3-pointers.  Stanley Johnson dropped 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assist, and 3 steals - averaging 15.3 points in the last 3 games. 

The Pistons have 2 home games left: Friday vs Dallas Mavericks, and Monday night against the Toronto Raptors. 




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