The Pistons have lost a few games in a row. Three to be exact. Even when they got the Knicks at home sans Carmelo Anthony, Detroit ended up having to play without Greg Monroe or Charlie Villanueva. They ended up scoring 77 points in defeat. Tonight, the Pistons get to host the Mavericks, but that could be another loss. Then, good news everybody! The Pistons are headed on a Western Conference road trip! Remember how well that went when the season began? You know, when they lost six games in a row on the road? Good times. At least this time it is only a four game trip, with three games between today and next Friday. Here's a closer look at these matchups.
First, on Sunday the Pistons have to play the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are the top team in Los Angeles this season, and are en route to winning the Pacific Division. They are very good at basketball. The Pistons, by NBA standards, are not. This will be a loss, especially with no Andre Drummond around to battle Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. This could be an ugly loss.
Then, on Monday the Pistons have to play the Jazz. Utah is fighting for one of the final playoff spots out West, and they too have a lot of big players the Pistons will have to take on. They also just got Mo Williams back, which helps them. Plus, I read a study recently stating the Jazz have one of the best home-court advantages in the NBA, likely in part due to the elevation and isolation of Salt Lake City. Also, this is the second game of a back-to-back. It's another loss.
Lastly, on Wednesday the Pistons face the Warriors of Golden State. They are also fighting for a playoff spot after cooling down recently. The Warriors have struggled on defense recently, but they have Steph Curry, which helps. They are better than Detroit, and again this is on the road and the third game of this trip. Looks like another loss.
Hopefully Detroit can beat Dallas at the Palace tonight, because if they don't I could see them going on a long losing streak. It's kind of a bummer, even if the Pistons' playoff hopes are completely dead. Maybe the Pistons can pull off an upset or two. They will need Monroe back, of course. Fortunately, that Knicks game was the first NBA game he had missed due to injury. The Pistons need you, Greg Monroe. You are our only hope.