Pistons at Celtics: not challenging for the throne

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (24-38) at Boston Celtics (21-41)
  • Date: March 9, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD, NBA TV

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons will be on the road this evening for a matchup of subpar teams. The Boston Celtics, much like the Pistons, have a bad record and lack talent for the most part.

When looking at the last 10-game stretches for both franchises, it’s not pretty. Collectively, they have won five of their past 20 contests. This means they have a total of 15 losses during the same time span, but then again, things could be worse.

The Philadelphia 76ers have lost 16 straight games and could potentially lose every remaining game on their calendar this season. It’s a little things that count in life.

Philly is perfecting tanking, Boston is doing its best to look competent (and competitive) while losing games, while Detroit is doing…something.

The Celtics and Pistons are only separated by three games in the victory column, but both units had opposite goals at the start of the season. An argument could be made that Detroit is in the process of recalibrating objectives for the sake of borrowing Philadelphia and Boston’s path.

By accumulating losses, these teams give themselves a chance at acquiring perhaps a top-five pick in the NBA draft. The fascinating thing about the Pistons is that we cannot unequivocally state they are in sabotage mode.

If they were, they likely would have kept the coaching staff intact and come up with a few bogus injuries to their starters for the sake of ensuring they were not too good. But that’s not what’s happening.

The Pistons are giving it their all, and well, it’s leading them in the same direction as the Celtics. Which team has more of an incentive to win tonight’s contest?

Your guess is as good as mine.

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