Which stretch of the Detroit Pistons’ schedule will test the team’s character?
There are a couple of weeks of the schedule that are going to show what this young team is made of.
The first is a stretch from February 7th-22nd where the Pistons will have consecutive road games against the Kings, Blazers, Clippers, Lakers, Suns (back-to-back) and Pacers.
The west coast road trips are always difficult for players (and fans) trying to adjust to time zones and travel and having them play the Lakers and Suns on back-to-back nights seems especially cruel, as it is towards the end of the trip when legs will start to get heavy.
Detroit hopes to be competing for a play-in spot, and if they are close, the home stretch in April is going to be the final test.
The Pistons will play nine of their last 11 games on the road, including two back-to-backs, so if they are going to make the play-in, they are going to have to earn it. These kinds of stretches offer a chance to bond and grow as a team, but they will be a test of the chemistry, so Monty Williams will need to have them ready and have a plan for how to endure these parts of the schedule.