Struggling Pistons visit Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Former Philadelphia head coach Larry
Brown and his Detroit Pistons stop off in the City of Brotherly Love tonight
to face the 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
This is the third meeting of the season between the two squads. The Sixers
have defeated the Pistons twice, winning once at home and once at The Palace
of Auburn Hills.
The 76ers return home tonight after going 1-2 on a three-game road trip.
Philadelphia’s All-Star guard Allen Iverson will be a game-time decision
because of a bruised right shoulder.
Iverson sat out Sunday’s practice with his arm in a sling, but received good
news that the X-rays taken on his injured shoulder were negative. In
Thursday’s victory over Seattle, Iverson hit the scorer’s table hard with his
shoulder while running after a loose ball.
Philadelphia fell to the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-88, on Friday at the Staples
Center. The struggling Sixers have just four wins in their last 14
Kenny Thomas led the 76ers in the loss to the Lakers with 22
points and 12 rebounds, while Glenn Robinson added 19 points and Iverson
scored just 13 on 3-of-18 shooting after missing all seven of his second-half
Philly is just 2-11 when it allows at least 100 points this season.
The Sixers, who have won three of their last five at the Wachovia Center, are
13-14 at home this season.
The Pistons come into tonight’s game on a two-game losing streak. On Sunday,
Detroit fell to Orlando, 87-86, in front of its home crowd. Richard Hamilton
led the Pistons with 23 points in the loss.
Ben Wallace had another solid game for Detroit, scoring 11 points and grabbing
13 rebounds. Newly-acquired Rasheed Wallace finished with 14 points and Mike
James added just seven. Rasheed Wallace was cleared to play by the NBA on
Saturday, one day after being pulled from a game because paperwork from a
three-team trade at Thursday’s deadline had not been certified.
The Pistons have allowed at least 100 points only four times this season.
Detroit, which has lost eight of its last nine games overall, is 14-14 on the
road this season.
These two teams have split the last eight meetings. The 76ers have won three
straight over the Pistons, who have lost two straight and nine of their last
11 at Philadelphia.