There were plenty of people heading into the 2013-14 NBA season that considered the Detroit Pistons to be a virtual lock to make the postseason, particularly after the additions of Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith in the offseason. However, this team has proved not to mesh quite as well as expected and currently sits outside of the top-eight seeds in the East.
Though they’re currently out of the playoff-picture, the Pistons are still theoretically in the hunt. Even after a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, the Pistons are still only five games out of the eighth seed and could possibly get hot and find their way into the postseason when all is said and done.
However, that task could be much more difficult to complete given their most recent stroke of bad luck. In that matchup against Indiana, promising young center Andre Drummond suffered an injury to his neck and possibly his head that took him out of the game for the rest of the evening.
The play itself that Drummond was injured on was rather frightening. He went to fight for a loose ball with Paul George and Roy Hibbert when he caught an inadvertent elbow to his head. The blow caused him to stumble backwards and fall to the floor, where he remained for several minutes. Even though a stretcher was brought out to help him off the court, he was able to walk off under his own power.
X-rays after the injury came back negative, but you have to imagine due to the area of the injury and how he reacted that he will be out for at least a short amount of time with the injury. Given the time of the season and Drummond’s value to this Pistons team, it looks like their outside chance at the postseason might be gone, if it wasn’t already.