Starting Monday, the Pistons will embark on a treacherous road trip, where 9 of 10 will be played away from the friendly confines of The Palace.
The lone home game: the Miami Heat.
In other words, these next two games (Atlanta and Toronto) are huge in terms of building positive momentum because you never know what can happen on the road.
Look at the Lakers, a championship-caliber team at home (16-2 record). The Pistons beat them here and Wednesday, they lost to the lowly Wizards.
When I asked Pistons coach Lawrence Frank about it, he didn’t bite, preferring to say the age-old coach cliche about getting through the next day, the next game, which is fine.
But the last thing this team needs headed into the last month of the season is a long losing streak that threatens to discard all the progress they made in the weeks prior to.
But then again, with so many eyes focused on the draft lottery, an extended losing stretch is exactly what a lot of you would like to see.