With all the chatter surrounding Doug Collins, his staff and their status for next season (see story), the Sixers have put their focus on their final two games of this season.

And with that, the Sixers gave their youth some opportunity against the Pistons on Monday night, but fell to Detroit for a second time this season, 109-101 (see Instant Replay). The Pistons shot 49 percent from the floor and were led in scoring and rebounding by Greg Monroe, who had 27 points and 16 boards.

“Monroe was terrific,” Collins said of the Pistons’ power forward, who made 10 of 14 field goal attempts and all seven of his free throws. “[The Pistons] have four wins in a row and they just really did a good job tonight.”

Coming down the home stretch, Collins has said repeatedly that the Sixers want to win games, but also play their younger talent, such as Justin Holiday and Arnett Moultrie -- players who have a chance to develop and fight for a job moving forward.

“I have been happy with Justin,” Collins said. “He has given us good minutes. He has played when games have counted and he has helped us win a couple games. When he is out on the floor and Jrue [Holiday] is out there [with] Damien [Wilkins] -- that is a pretty good defensive perimeter.”

In just his eighth NBA game, Justin Holiday posted career highs in minutes (28), field goal attempts (9) and points (11).