The Detroit Pistons put in a better effort in their 12th straight loss, but effort doesn’t matter in the win column.
A quick look at the schedule shows that if the Pistons don’t beat the Wizards at home on November 27th, they could have a winless month.
Sadly, this is nothing new, as the Pistons have had three losing streaks of 11+ games in the last calendar year alone, as they continue a record of futility that rivals the worst of “The Process” era 76ers.
If you are going to do something, lean into it, I’ve always said. And the Pistons have.
Over this steak they have continued to lead the NBA in turnovers, are shooting 46 percent from the field overall and just 34 percent from long range. They lead the league in fouls and have a margin of loss over 10, which is not good.
They did get Isaiah Livers and Killian Hayes back from injury last night, not that it mattered, as the Nuggets still won with a cast of former Pistons even though Jamal Murray was sitting out and Nikola Jokic got kicked out 15 mintues into the game.
I’d say the Pistons are at a low point as a franchise, but I don’t want to speak too soon, as if they lose to the Pacers on the road on Friday, it sets up a showdown with the Wizards with the worst record in the league on the line and the Pistons trying not to set the franchise record for consecutive losses.
Longest losing streaks in Pistons’ history
The 11’s: 2009-18, 2022-23, 2022-23
The Detroit Pistons have had 11-game losing streaks three times in franchise history. The 2009-10 Pistons, led by the leftovers of the Goin’ to Work era lost 11 straight on their way to a 27-win season. This was the beginning of the Ben Gordon/Charlie Villaneuva era and it showed.
The other two should be familar, as they both happened last season, as the Pistons put together two 11-game losing streaks in 2022-23, not surprising considering Cade Cunningham wasn’t playing (not that that has made a difference this season) and Detroit had two-way and G-League players on the floor for much of the home stretch.