Curran: Reality Check Lies Ahead for Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Despite coming off their largest loss deficit of the season, they are 9-3 in their last 12 games.
The question is, can the Pistons stay consistent in the east to become a top seed in the playoffs?
They made a case for themselves as they made the reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors look like well, the New York Knicks.
They were winners of four in a row and last week they looked like a team that belonged in the playoffs.
The Thunder game was a minor hiccup, but it’s what lies ahead that will be the true test.
They will head to Milwaukee to play the Bucks on Wednesday.
The Bucks are currently sitting in second in the east and the Pistons will be tested defensively in stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Detroit will then return home to play the third-place Philadelphia 76ers at Joe Louis Arena.
Tempers will likely be high between Andre Drummond and Sixer center Joel Embiid who had a Twitter battle following an early season matchup.
Joel Embiid said he owned a lot of real estate in Andre Drummond’s mind and after their most recent meeting, Embiid has yet to stand corrected.
Embiid will be shopping more real estate from Drummond again Dec. 7 and 10.
The Pistons will be without Reggie Bullock for Wednesday’s game and possibly more with a sprained ankle he suffered against the Thunder.
This will mean Luke Kennard will fill up some time on the floor.
The Pistons are 13-8 in their first season under head coach Dwane Casey.