Pistons/Sixers 1st Round Game 3, Fri April 25th 7:00 PM

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  1. Dlev59

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    Pistons/Sixers 1st Round Game 3, Fri April 25th, 7:00 PM

    TV 20 Detroit HD, TNT

    The scene switches to the city of brotherly love for game 3. Which Piston team will show up?
     
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    Brotherly love!

    This is the break the back game. Whoever wins this game takes control of the series.
     
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    Imagine going back home down 3-1...

    Scary stuff.

    And this isn't a pretend down 3-1 like if we were facing TMAC or something.
     
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    In the game 2 thread, Dre posted some stats showing that the one difference for the Pistons in this game was making a much higher percentage of shots. Philly's stats show that their production in both games was almost identical:

    Game 1
    90 points (qrtr-by-qrtr breakdown: 22/16/25/27)
    43% FGs (35-81)
    19-27 FTs
    18 offensive rebounds
    16 assists
    12 turnovers

    Game 2
    88 points (18/18/26/26)
    39.5% FGs (32-81)
    23-35 FTs
    19 offensive rebounds
    12 assists
    10 turnovers

    The 4th quarter in Game 2 was basically all garbage time, but the numbers still came out almost identical.

    Blowing teams out on the road is always hard, certainly when it's a playoff game against a team that improved over the course of the season like Philly did, so I'm not expecting a repeat of Game 2. But it's pretty clear that the Pistons will be OK against this team as long as they just execute consistently.
     
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    I would also add that chalking up last night's win to better defensive intensity, if anyone's saying that, just doesn't seem right at all. We all know how important defense is, but it was already good in Game 1. The difference really came down to far better execution on offense.
     
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    I except to see more rodney carney in Game 3, and Lou Williams playing alot better in front of the home crowd.

    We're going to need the bench. 3-1 coming home not 2-2 or god forbid 3-1 in favor of Philly.

    Still hasn't learned.
     
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    I would expect this to be a little different. Last game the Sixers scorers were not getting enough shot attempts due to Reggie Evans still "feeling it". A 5 PPG scorer who usually rebounds and kicks it out trying to be the man could not have helped their cause.

    On our end they now have to worry about McDyess along with Sheed. With all the other guys playing well they can't afford to double on anyone.

    Pistons by 8
     
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    I agree they all will be playing better.

    Who do you like more Stucky or Afflalo?
     
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    Pistons win this one easy.
     
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    I like them both. I think they compliment eachother really well. AA with the defense and extra ball handling. Stuckey with the quickness/scoring ability. They are both great at pushing the break.

    I think they balance eachother out well, and AA just improves the defense so much.

    If Flip is having a problem playing them together then he really needs to go back back to the Rip/Stuck, and then Chauncey/AA rotation. Worked beautifully, and put both players with the vet they play best with.

    edited to add;

    ORL lost tonight, with a win tomm we keep pace.
     
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    They seemed to work well for most of the season.

    I pick Stucky myself. I believe he will be a very special player. AA will be solid and may even start if he improves his shot but Stucky has shown signs of greatness.

    As in the last game. Two Sixer guards move in to pressure him in the backcourt, try and bully the rookie. Stucky responds by blowing past them both and running the length of the court for a wide open layup.
     
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    That play was great! For most of the rest of the Pistons I think the goal would have been to simply advance the ball across midcourt, but Stuckey was heading to the rack.

    IMO against this Sixers squad we should be using CB/Rip/Stuckey and maybe a little AA in the backcourt, but then have AA spell Tay at SF for 8 to 10 mins. Let AA take on the task of defending AI2.
     
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    I completely agree. As we advance into the later rounds; AA may be a little over matched so we should be using him as much as possible in the early rounds to help keep Tay fresh.
     
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    He did a great job staying in front of him, granted it was maybe two possessions, but i think that would work. AI2 doesn't really post up so it's not like he'll overpower him, and if Afflalo can stay with LBJ, he can stay with Iggy.
     
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    Did we have Afflalo guard LeBron at some point this year? I must have forgotten about that game.
     
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    Yes and he did quite well. He is quick enough to keep him in front (for the most part) and big enough not to get plowed over.
     
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    I'm beat, it's going to be a real challenge to stay awake for this one.

    Hopefully we blow them out early!
     
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    Hopefully that's not what the starters are thinking! :pound:
     
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    Have yourself a 5 Alive. The energy boost without the crash.
     

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