Man, how about those Detroit Pistons? Thanks to a three game home winning streak, they now sit at 12-22. Not only that, one of those wins came against the Miami Heat. Sure, that Heat team was without Dwyane Wade, but he is only one prong of their venerated triumvirate. It was still a good win, is what I'm trying to say. If the Pistons can win at home tonight, they may be able to keep their winning streak going a couple more games. This is, admittedly, in part because they only have two games in the next week after tonight's Hawks game.
On Sunday, the Pistons get to host the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. Last season, the Bobcats set the record for worst win percentage in a season. This year, they got off to a nice start, but then proceeded to go on a 17 game losing streak. They are still a really bad team, perhaps the league's worst. This is absolutely a game Detroit should win. I would be disappointed if they don't.
Then, next Friday, Detroit has to head on the road again with a trip to Milwaukee on the docket. The Pistons eked out a 96-94 win over the Bucks on Sunday as part of their win streak, but winning on the road will be harder. This game is probably a bit of a tossup, but I have to lean toward Milwaukee at home.
After a very slow start, the Pistons are starting to round into the form I expected. They aren't good, they aren't going to make the playoffs, but they can compete most nights and will likely finish with one of the better records in the East among teams that miss the postseason. Sure, in a way that just hurts them in terms of their draft positioning, but it is nice to see Detroit making strides, with a potential for a big offseason after this year is out.