The Detroit Pistons have rattled off two wins to open their season, but they’ll face their biggest challenge yet when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBA TV (nationally), NBC Sports Philadelphia (in 76ers markets) and Fox Sports Detroit (in Pistons markets). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
NBA TV, NBC Sports Philadelphia (local markets) and Fox Sports Detroit (local markets) are all included in the main Fubo bundle, which has 85 channels and is tailored towards sports. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
Fox Sports Detroit (local markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel packages, while NBA TV is in the “Sports Extra” add-on. NBC Sports Philadelphia is not included. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
This is only an option for local viewers, as NBC Sports Philadelphia and Fox Sports Detroit–but not NBA TV–are included in the “Hulu with Live TV” channel bundle. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Though the 76ers employ Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick played the role of hero down the stretch for Philly in their 116-15 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday.
The 34-year-old came off the bench to score 31, including a three-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to give the team the lead. Embiid assisted on the designed play, which failed in their season opener against the Boston Celtics.
“I was (mad) in Boston because we usually understand each other so well,” Embiid said, according to the Associated Press. “But I love playing with him. When it comes to sharing the ball, whether I’m going to set a screen for him or just hand the ball off I know I’m going to be happy with the outcome. The only thing is I wish he was 24 years old so we could play 10 years together, but he’s old.”
Embiid scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half, and finished with 10 rebounds and three assists. The team relied heavily on him after Simmons was pulled from the game with back stiffness, having played just eight minutes.
Simmons is listed as questionable to play against the Pistons.
In his first season with the team, head coach Dwane Casey has the playoff-hopeful Pistons at 2-0. In training camp, Casey worked to define players’ roles, assigning each one an index card with their roles written on them, and reading them aloud to the team. Players’ responsibilities are malleable — they can expand or diminish as the season goes along.
“Guys, when they question their role or get confused or forget, just look at their role card,” Casey told ESPN. “That way there’s no confusion in your role. Just like being in a company, there should be no confusion in your role, in your alley, in your lane for what you can do to help us win or be successful.”
Last season’s Coach of the Year with the Toronto Raptors, Casey also made a point of getting to know his players off the court. He asked Andre Drummond, an aspiring musician, if he could attend one of the center’s recording sessions.
“I’ve never really had that type of relationship with my coaching staff, where I can go to them and just talk to them about certain things … just have a regular conversation and joke around with them,” Drummond said, per ESPN. “So having him being that type of guy, not even just for me, but for the rest of the team, as well, it’s amazing.”
Drummond missed the team’s Monday practice with an illness, and his status for the Tuesday tilt is uncertain.
After narrow victories over 2018 lottery teams in the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls, a tilt with a 76ers team expected to make a deep postseason run will be a huge test for Blake Griffin’s squad, whether Simmons can go or not.
Source: Heavy Sports