Detroit Pistons: Who will play and what to watch vs. 76ers

Sekou Doumbouya #45 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, Cory Joseph
Dillon Brooks #24 of the Memphis Grizzlies and Cory Joseph #18 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons are in a heated six-way battle for one of the bottom three spots in the NBA and will take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight in a crucial game.

The Pistons are now tied with the Timberwolves for the second-worst record in the NBA with the Cavaliers, Thunder and Magic all tied one game behind them.

After the beating the Grizzlies, the Pistons have just five games left, including one against the Timberwolves, which may end up being the most important game of the last few seasons.

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Getting a bottom three spot does not guarantee anything and fans need to realize this, especially when it comes to scathing criticisms of Dwane Casey, who is now being blamed for “ruining the future” because he had the nerve to do his job and try to win games.

Also, can we quit acting like Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph are Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen? Sitting them in the last game would not have guaranteed defeat, just as playing two journeyman veterans does not guarantee victory.

The Pistons are not going to finish with the worst record and even if they did, it would not guarantee a top pick, so let’s not panic until lottery night when there is a need to.

Here are three things for the nervous Detroit Pistons’ fanbase to watch vs. the 76ers.

Detroit Pistons: Who is going to play?

It appears that Mason Plumlee will return from his “rest” that caused him to miss the last several games. I am sure Casey will insert him back into the starting lineup even though Isaiah Stewart has been playing very well in his absence.

Jerami Grant is also set to make his return, but the Detroit Pistons will still not be at full strength when they take on Philly, who will be on the second game of a back-to-back after a narrow win last night over the Pelicans.

Josh Jackson and Hamidou Diallo are listed as out vs. the 76ers and the league’s most destructive duo, Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph are listed as day-to-day.

As much as Pistons’ fans would now like their team to lose, whoever is on the floor is going to compete, which is a good thing. The ping pong balls will fall as they may, and the Detroit Pistons can’t control that, so I am glad to see them compete, to try and build a culture and to hope the Lottery Karma rewards them for it.