After three straight wins and on the second game of a two-game series, the Sixers looked to finally get a win without their superstar center Joel Embiid. They did not. In fact, it was a rough go from the start with the Pistons jumping out to a 17-4 lead and they never looked back.
Offensive rebounds hurt the Sixers early, the Pistons shot 45% from three, and the Sixers as a team committed a season-high 26 personal fouls. The three combined along with poor shooting nights from Seth Curry and Shake Milton were a recipe for disaster and the 76ers fell to the Detroit Pistons 119-104. Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with 25, and rookie Tyrese Maxey poured in 17.
The Sixers are now 12-6 for the season. 12-2 with Joel Embiid, and 0-4 without. Doc Rivers was asked postgame if he was concerned that the team does not have a win without Joel Embiid. Doc said he wasn’t, not this early in the season at least. He said they have to get the team in order first. Pregame Rivers’ was asked if he thought Joel would be ready for Wednesday versus the Lakers, he said he expects him to play.
The 76ers take on the defending champions LA Lakers at home on Wednesday at 7:30 pm on ESPN. As far as the team being ready for the game? “We’ll be ready when the time comes. It’s not a hard team to get up for. They have Lebron James”