obviously a really disappointing and wholly unnecessary loss. we all saw all kinds of good things up through around the 8 or 7 minute mark of the fourth. up until that point, good ball movement and active defense from the starters and the usual force and energy from the bench. what i saw after that that was driving me crazy: philly upped its defensive intensity, overplaying passing lines from the point to the wing, and picking up ball handlers. very tough on ball defense. at that point, it seemed to me the pistons just needed to go to the basket. stuckey and Ai getting a step on their guys, going hard to the basket to finish, get fouled, or else dish to someone else cutting through the lane. Except they didn't do that: they didn't drive to the basket, and when they did, nobody else moved. so they settled for jump shot, which created long rebounds and philly runouts and nobody got back on defense, and even if philly missed the first shot, the pistons weren't in a position to pull defensive rebounds.. in a way, this game really illustrated the symbiotic relationship between offense and defense and vice versa. active tough defense makes for easy baskets. settling for too many jumpshots makes for more misses fewer offensive boards and makes it harder to get back and set up a defense and to rebound. still, i think it would be a mistake to group this loss into the same category as either of the boston losses, or minny or portland. the pistons played really well for most of this game and looked in synch all around for most of it. i'm not saying that the collapse wasn't a problem, or that it wasn't frustrating in the moment. just that i don't see it as tremendously meaningful or portentous. on the contrary, once you put the disappointment and frustration of the moment aside, and look at the game on balance, there are, in my opinion, more positives than negatives. alright...whale away!