Game Preview: Embiid critical of Drummond, Van Gundy wants better effort as Pistons Meet Sixers

The Detroit Pistons (14-7) travel to take on the Philadelphia 76ers (12-9) for their second stint of a four game road trip.  Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Pistons will look to put forward a better performance than they did in their 109-91 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday.  The 76ers are in the same boat as in their last outing they were trounced by the Boston Celtics 108-97.

Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid is an emerging star in the NBA, but he’s had his fair share of injuries since entering the league in 2014.  The 76ers rested Embiid Thursday, and he’s expected to be full-go tonight in a face off against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond.

In a recent interview, Embiid had a few choice words about Drummond’s game, and they weren’t complementary.

From CBS Sports:

Embiid’s full comment:

“No disrespect, but he can’t shoot. So, you know, I just gotta worry about the defensive coverages that we have. As you’ve seen they run a lot of down screens, backside action, and he’s always the roller so he gets a lot of lobs and stuff, so as a team we gotta make sure that don’t happen often, and make sure we close out on shooters too.”

Though Drummond may not be the best shooter in the world, he has been dominant this season averaging a double-double with 14.3 ppg and 15.2 rpg.  Drummond was the most impressive in their last outing posting 14 points and 17 rebounds, and although we had five players in double-figures, the overall effort wasn’t close to where Pistons Head Coach Stan Van Gundy wants it.

From Detroit Press:

“They played so much harder than we did,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We did nothing. I don’t really have an explanation for it, but I know what we all saw.
“They played a lot harder at both ends. They brought more offensive energy, they brought more defensive energy, intensity. We brought nothing to the table. It was an embarrassing effort.”

Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons has been on a tear this season, and he posted his first career triple-double in the first meeting with the Pistons on Oct. 23.  Simmons finished that game with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Projected Starting Lineups:

Detroit Pistons

PG: Reggie Jackson

SG: Avery Bradley

SF: Stanley Johnson

PF: Tobias Harris

C: Andre Drummond

Philadelphia 76ers

PG: Ben Simmons

SG: J.J. Reddick

SF: Robert Covington

PF: Dario Saric

C: Joel Embiid

Featured Image: Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports


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