Let us join now in praise of the Detroit Pistons. They have won three games in a row, including a win over the Heat in Miami. The Pistons are now 9-10, which, in the Eastern Conference, makes them practically kings among men. They could hit .500 soon, and they are almost a quarter of the way through the season. Perhaps things are starting to come together. All I know is that Andre Drummond is awesome. That all anybody needs to know.
The Pistons will be quite busy in the upcoming week, as they have five games. So, a week from now, we will know a bit more about this team to be sure. Here's a look at the upcoming schedule.
First, on Saturday the Pistons visit Chicago. The Bulls are not as good without Derrick Rose, but they are still a good team. They did pretty well without Rose last season, after all. On the road, I don't think the Pistons win this game. Then, on Sunday, Detroit hosts Miami. Sure, the Pistons just beat the Heat, but can you really trust them to do that again, even at home? I am taking Miami here, especially since this is the second game of a back-to-back.
On Tuesday, Detroit is at home against Minnesota. I am a fan of guys like Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, so this should be fun... as long as the Pistons win. They definitely could, but it is hard to take an Eastern Conference team against a team from the West. It is a close one, but I shall take the Timberwolves. Then, on Wednesday, they visit the Pelicans. New Orleans are without Anthony Davis, which helps, but this is again the second game of a back-to-back, and it is on the road, so I think the Pistons take another loss.
Well, this isn't looking so good. However, at least next Friday the Pistons host the Nets. Brooklyn has been awful. They may be healthier by then, but how can one trust this team? Here is where I think Detroit earns a victory.
So I think the Pistons are looking at a 1-4 week. Maybe they could make it 2-3, which given this slate of games I would be fine with. Again, things are looking so dire in the East, a .500 record would pretty much guarantee the Pistons a playoff spot. If they can do that, they are golden. They'll lose in the first round, sure... but, still, golden.