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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Pistons-76ers suddenly has added importance

Who said the Pistons game at Philadelphia on Tuesday was meaningless? The game could provide answers to some important questions for Pistons fans. It could be Detroit’s best chance of ending its current 11-game losing streak and avoid breaking the franchise record of 14 straight, but is also important in the NBA Draft lottery picture.

A loss at Philadelphia Tuesday could set the table for the Pistons to lose 17-straight to end the season. If Detroit loses Tuesday, it would mean the Pistons would have to win at home against Atlanta Wednesday or at Miami on Friday to avoid tying the franchise record for consecutive losses. If Detroit fails to win either of those games (which appears likely) it would have to win at Charlotte on Saturday to avoid breaking the record.

The Pistons wrap up the season with a home game against Toronto, which is still battling Chicago for the final playoff spot in the East, and then at Minnesota.

The franchise record aside, many Pistons fans have been vocal and openly rooting for the team to lose games and bolster their chances to earn a higher draft pick. Sunday was a great night for those Detroit fans. Golden State and Washington both won, putting Detroit in a three-way tie with the Warriors and Wizards for the third worst record in the NBA. The Kings (24-53) are a half-game ahead.

The battle for the third worst record and 15.6 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick that come with it will likely come down to the wire, with all fours teams in the mix right now.

Will the Pistons break the franchise record for consecutive losses? Will Detroit finish with the third worst record in the NBA? Tuesday could provide the answer to both questions.


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