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Detroit Pistons' week ahead: Is it summer yet?

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A Detroit Pistons season that begun with big moves and playoff dreams is now, mercifully, almost over. After a loss to the Nets on Friday, the Pistons are now 27-49. A top eight draft pick seems pretty safe now, as only some draft lottery misfortune would stop them at this point more than likely. What's most pressing now is the Pistons' "battle" with the Sacramento Kings. Both are 27-49. If the Pistons can sink below the Kings, everything will be safe.

Oh, and the Pistons do have some games left, I guess. In fact, there are only six games left this season, so I'm just going to go through them all. First, tonight the Pistons host the Celtics. Both teams are on the second night of a back-to-back. The Celtics just lost to the 76ers, which is bad, as we all know. Detroit did the same thing. This is a tossup, but I'll take the Pistons at home.

On Tuesday, Detroit is visiting Atlanta, and the Hawks are fighting for a playoff spot. That's a loss. Wednesday is the same deal. The Pistons are in Cleveland. The Cavaliers are probably going to still be in the playoff race, and Kyrie Irving is healthy now. That feels like another loss. Friday ends a road trip with the Pistons in Chicago. Yeah, this is a loss, as the Bulls are much better than Detroit and they still need to win.

Next Sunday, the Pistons have their final home game, as they take on the Raptors in the afternoon. I expect, like, 12 people in that crowd. Anyway, this is a loss. Lastly, and finally, it all ends, with a visit to Oklahoma City next Wednesday. This is only a win if the Thunder are resting guys like Kevin Durant, which they may be. Of course, if the Pistons need the loss, expect some world class, genuine tanking.

I don't think that will be necessary though, because Detroit looks like they will win two more games at most. They won't get to 30 wins. I could see them settling for 28 wins, one less than last season. Hey, the NBA playoffs will be exciting, at least. And the Pistons will be nowhere near them.

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