The Detroit Pistons are hoping this is the low point of the 2023-24 season.
Since opening the season 2-1, the Pistons have lost seven in a row, some in heartbreaking fashion and all shorthanded.
Detroit has yet to win in November, with their last victory coming against the Chicago Bulls back on October 28th.
The losing isn’t the only problem, as the Pistons have suffered myriad injuries to the point that they were forced to get some emergency reinforcements in free agency before Thanksgiving even rolled around.
It’s not ideal when you are forced into putting multiple two-way players into the rotation, but that’s where the Pistons are with these injuries. No one is using it as an excuse, but it’s ridiculous to act as if having seven rotation players on the injury list has no effect on the product on the court.
It’s hard to know what this team can be with all of the injuries, and they may be too far buried in the standings by the time the walking wounded and sick return for it to matter. If that ever happens.
The Pistons will be woefully shorthanded again tonight as they travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls, hoping to get their third win of the season.
Is Jalen Duren playing tonight? Pistons vs. Bulls injury updates
If you were hoping Jalen Duren would be back in the lineup after re-injuring his ankle vs. Philly you will be disappointed, as he has been ruled out. This ankle is starting to get concerning, as Duren can’t seem to get it right before tweaking it again, a problem that goes all the way back to preseason. Ankle sprains are tricky, so the Pistons are trying to balance Duren’s long-term health vs. their need to have him in the lineup.
He’ll be joined by a familiar cast, as Bojan Bogdanovic, Monte Morris, Isaiah Livers, Alec Burks, Joe Harris and Jaden Ivey are all still out. You get the feeling that if Detroit can just survive this month, they can get some players back, start to gel and go on a run, but all of that is theoretical when the players are sitting on the bench in street clothes. Bogdanovic, Morris and Livers haven’t even played with most of their teammates, so there will be a period of adjustment even when they do return. It’s too early to give up on the season, but this hole just continues to get deeper.
The Chicago Bulls will be missing Lonzo Ball, who is likely out for the season. Patrick Williams is listed as probable and Alex Caruso is questionable for today’s game.
How to watch Pistons vs. Bulls
You can watch the game on Bally Sports Detroit and it tips off at 7:00 PM ET. You can listen on 950 AM if you are truly desperate or can’t get Bally to work, which seems to be about half the time. You can stream the game on NBA League Pass if you live out of market, or try a free trial at FUBOtv.