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Sixers hope to have Joel Embiid vs. winless Pistons
Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
- Since the beginning of 2017-18 season, Philadelphia is 12-2 against the Pistons. In that span, the only teams with more wins against a single opponent are the Sixers against the Knicks (15 wins) and the Hornets against the Pistons (13 wins).
- The Pistons are the only team this season that is averaging less than 100 points per game with an average of 91.3. Detroit has finished 25th or worse in scoring in each of the last three seasons.
- Saddiq Bey has scored 20+ points in consecutive games with a 21-point effort against Atlanta on Monday. A rookie last season, Bey has never had three consecutive games with 20 or more points.
- Philadelphia lost its only home game so far this season, a 114-109 loss to Brooklyn. Last season, the 76ers had the second-best home record in the NBA at 29-7 and lost consecutive home games just once (April 19-21 against Golden State and Phoenix).
- Joel Embiid was held to 14 points on 2-for-7 shooting in Philadelphia's 112-99 loss to the Knicks on Tuesday. In Embiid's 231 career games with 25+ minutes played, it was just the second time he has made two or fewer field goals.
- Tobias Harris led the 76ers in points (23), assists (9) and rebounds (9, tied with Andre Drummond) in its game against New York. It was the third time in Harris' 11 NBA seasons that he has led his team in all three of those categories in a game.
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Joel Embiid has suffered through a litany of injuries since joining the league in 2014.
In fact, he missed his first two full seasons.
While Embiid worked his way into a Most Valuable Player candidate last season, he was still sidelined for 21 games with knee and back issues. Embiid also played with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee in the playoffs.
Embiid's right knee was banged in the season opener and it has clearly affected his game through the Philadelphia 76ers' 2-2 start. Embiid had only 14 points on 2-of-7 shooting in a 112-99 loss on the road to the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
Embiid is questionable once again when the Sixers host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
"It's not an excuse, but I don't think I've played like this to start the season or any stretch in my career so it's not an excuse," Embiid said. "I'm gonna keep pushing and hope for the best."
Without Ben Simmons (personal reasons) and Shake Milton (ankle), the Sixers' offense has been stagnant at times.
Embiid has made a conscious effort to defer to his teammates early in games.
"You can look at the stat sheet even from the previous games, not saying I'm too passive, but it's also I want to get my guys going," Embiid said. "I gotta give them the confidence to believe in themselves and make shots. That's been my mentality trying to figure out how to, coming into the season, to be point center. I'm gonna keep working at it. I'm gonna keep working and I'm definitely gonna get better so that's not gonna last long."
The Pistons have scuffled through their first three games, two losses to the Chicago Bulls followed by a resounding 122-104 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.
To be fair, the Pistons have been competing without Cade Cunningham, the No.1 overall draft pick from Oklahoma State. Cunningham has been recovering from a sprained right ankle.
"He wants to play," Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said of Cunningham. "The medical people are holding him back. You don't want to rush him back if it's not 100 percent. There are certain movements he has where it's still sore."
Also without last season's leading scorer Jerami Grant (elbow), the Pistons struggled on the offensive end against the Hawks.
Kelly Olynyk and Saddiq Bey led the Pistons with 21 points apiece, but the team shot just 9 of 33 from 3-point territory and committed 14 turnovers.
"It was a lower number, but it was the type of turnovers," Casey said. "Live-ball turnovers. They're going down dunking, the crowd's going crazy. It was the type of turnovers."
In addition, the Pistons continue to miss way too many open shots. If they hope to pick up their first win in Philadelphia, the shooting must improve.
"Hopefully, we can start knocking some shots down soon," Josh Jackson said. "That's one thing that we do talk about. We're getting the right ones. We're getting open shots. We move the ball."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 27, 2021