The Detroit Pistons are mired in a rough stretch. They've lost seven straight games, and they have won one of their last 11 contests, a one-point win over the Wizards. They still only have 23 wins on the season. Suddenly 30 wins, admittedly an arbitrary round number, seems to be a pipe dream. Detroit was only really noted recently because Brandon Knight was dunked upon with tremendous authority by DeAndre Jordan. So, it's been bad. Detroit has a light week ahead of them, with only three games between now and next Friday. Here they are.
The Pistons end their Western Conference road trip Saturday with a game at Portland. The Blazers are a decent team. They have no bench, but they have a better starting five than the Pistons do. Plus, this game is in Portland. It seems like another loss for Detroit. Then, on Monday the Pistons return to the ghost town known to some as the Palace of Auburn Hills. They have to play the Nets. Brooklyn is a playoff team. Detroit is not. Probably a loss.
Finally, on Friday the Pistons visit the Miami Heat. You know, the team that is on a 20-game win streak. Maybe the streak will be over by Friday, but the Heat will remain one of the best teams in the league. Yeah, this is a loss.
Man, what a rough triumvirate for Detroit. Two road games, one against the Heat, and then home against the Nets. I would be surprised to see them win any of these games. It looks like this seven game losing streak could easily turn into a 10 game losing streak. Sure, it increases the chances of a beneficial ping pong ball in the lottery, but it'd be nice to see the Pistons win. I blame DeAndre Jordan for all this.