The injury to Andre Drummond does not remove how terrible this quarter was for Detroit. There’s no reason this team shouldn’t have made a push for the No. 8 seed. The talent is there. They’ve just played terrible and lost games they should and shouldn’t win. The Pistons just unraveled in the third quarter.
Sounds about right. In the long, the Pistons will be better off having spent one more year in the lottery. But, very clearly, they wanted to make the playoffs, and it’s troubling they’ve fallen so short of that goal.