The Detroit Pistons are winners of three straight games, but dropped seven straight before that. The team is tough to analyze, but that might just mean their average.
The hot start to the season had many ready to jump on the bandwagon. The Pistons went up against the best of the best. Knocking off the Warriors, Celtics, Timberwolves, and more, Detroit had the league on notice.
The team was sitting pretty with a 14-6 record, then they hit a rough patch. Seven straight losses erased any momentum the team had created during the first two months of the season.
The first six losses were understandable, each one a playoff team, and four of them on the road. The Pistons had a chance to win each one in the last two minutes, and were a few calls going away from winning the games.
The Denver loss is one that is tough to swallow. The Pistons were at home and facing a Nuggets team without one of their best players, Nikola Jokic, and were never in the game. The offense was terrible, the defense was terrible, the play was just terrible.
Losses like the one to Nuggets make the Pistons tough to read. Looking closely into their play, it appears average. They have beaten the Warriors and Celtics, but have lost to the Lakers and Nuggets. They show heart and hustle one night, but show no pulse the next one. This looks and sounds like an average team.
The Pistons need to find consistency to get over the average hump. The constant games of falling behind early, or squandering leads cannot happen if the team wants to be contenders.
Detroit can be contenders, knocking off the Celtics and Warriors on the road, the team has the confidence to beat anyone. No one is putting them in the same category as one the elite teams, and nor should they. However, in an Eastern conference where parity in present, a deep postseason run is in the cards this year.
The Pistons need to refocus, and get themselves in a position to succeed on a nightly basis. If they fail to do that, average will be the only thing waiting for them come April.
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