The Pistons have played 60 games so far this season, going 23-37 up to this point. Tonight, they visit the New Orleans Hornets, to begin the last quarter(ish) of their schedule. After tonight's matchup, which feels like a tossup but the odds are probably in the soon to be Pelicans favor since they are at home, Detroit has three games in the upcoming week. Here's a closer look at those contests.
First, on Sunday the Pistons have to visit San Antonio. Yeah, that's a loss. Remember in 2005 when the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs met in the NBA Finals? Since then, the Spurs have remained one of the league's best teams, and currently have the best record in the NBA. The Pistons couldn't quite keep it together to that degree. A win would be a notable upset for Detroit.
Then, on Wednesday, the Pistons are at home, but they have to take on the Knicks. New York is sliding after a hot start, but they are still a better team that Detroit, and they are still going to the playoffs, even if Rasheed Wallace is out the rest of the season. Lastly, on Friday, the Pistons host Dallas. The Mavericks aren't going to make the playoffs this year. They might even finish below .500. However, that is largely in part to the stretch to start the season when Dirk Nowitzki was not healthy. In the East, they'd be a playoff team. Detroit is in the East, and they aren't a playoff team. This is another loss for Detroit.
Well, it looks like it could be a rough week for the Pistons. They might win tonight, but beyond that I see three losses, and any win would be an upset. That's not the way one wants to start the beginning of the final quarter of their season. That's not how anybody wants to spend any three game stretch, to be fair. Perhaps the Pistons will surprise us. We can only hope.