Sometimes, we forget there is a professional basketball team in the bankrupt city of Detroit. Sometimes, we forget that the Detroit Pistons once ran the East and were even named NBA Champions in 2004. Sometimes, teams just stink and that’s why we forget about them. For the Pistons, forgetting has been easy because nothing has been worth remembering the last half-decade or more. Plagued by over-hyped signings and trades, Detroit’s basketball franchise is about as healthy as the city itself.
Now that I have said all those horrible things, I should let the basketball universe in on a secret, the Pistons are still alive in the playoff hunt! After defeating the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night, 113-96, Detroit moved to 19-27, only a couple games back of the eighth place Charlotte Bobcats. There is a light at the end of the tunnel after all.
With the eighth spot directly insight and the All-Star break less than two weeks away, the Pistons should be looking to make a run going into the short vacation. It will set them up nicely to finish the rest of February and begin the final push to the postseason. Unfortunately, the chances of Detroit making a run before the break are as good as them making the actual playoffs. There are some nice names on the roster such as Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, but they can’t seem to put all the pieces together correctly.
The Pistons play the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs all before the break. There are a few winnable games in between, but those three games may be enough to down Detroit and their postseason dreams before the All-Star festivities. It seems like that 2004 championship was a distant dream and the next championship may be even further.