Dario Saric (elbow) scheduled to return for 76ers on Friday

  • Dario Saric (elbow) scheduled to return for 76ers on Friday

Dario Saric (elbow) scheduled to return for 76ers on Friday

The Sixers have four games remaining, while Cleveland is down to three games left.

The Detroit Pistons five game winning streak was snapped and the team has been eliminated from playoff contention after a 115-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers last night at Little Caesars Arena.

It had been apparent for several weeks that the Pistons (37-41) would not qualify, but a five-game winning streak, which matched their season high, delayed the inevitable. We can tell you he's expecting a low-scoring game and is leaning toward the under. A lottery team since, Philadelphia, with its "process" of perpetual tanking and draft-pick piling, can beat the Cavs and wind up in third in the East with a pretty clear path to the conference finals.

Anthony Tolliver led Detroit with 25 points and Stanley Johnson had 19. Pistons power forward Blake Griffin sat out for the third straight game with a bone bruise in his right ankle.

Embiid had surgery Saturday to fix the broken bone around his left eye. They also harassed the Pistons forcing 13 first-half turnovers and 17 overall. An alley-oop to Holmes put the 76ers up 36-28 after one. The Sixers closed the quarter on an 8-0 lead, sparked by a couple of baskets from Redick. Philadelphia was up 65-49 at halftime, and the margin didn't reach single digits again until the waning moments of the fourth. It had a 12-game streak that year from January 13 to February 5. Sixers center Joel Embiid remained sidelined by a concussion and orbital fracture, while power forward Dario Saric is recovering from an elbow infection.

Reserve guard Marco Belinelli had 19 points.

Andre Drummond double-doubled with 13 points and 15 rebounds, but this wasn't a strong showing from him.

During Simmons' one-and-done season at LSU in 2015-16, he shot 56 percent from the floor but a awful 31 percent on jump shots, ranking him 5,054th out of 6,873 college players taking at least as many jump shot attempts that season per Synergy Sports.

The Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 106-102 win on Tuesday night, getting a confidence boost against a short-handed opponent they could face in the first round of the playoffs.

The Pistons have missed the playoffs in eight of the past nine seasons.

JJ Redick tormented the Pistons.

"The spirit of the city, we saw it with the Eagles, we're feeling it with Villanova", 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "It is always going to be hard and there's going to come a point where you have to break their spirit to finish them off". We've got Detroit tomorrow."In the early stages of this pleasantly evolving season, blown leads were blowing the starters" opportunity to save their legs.

Moe Wagner, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson, fresh off their Final Four appearance with MI, were shown on the big screen at the game and drew a roar from the crowd.

Basketball Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving gave a glowing assessment of Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons on Tuesday.