The Detroit Pistons are mired in a franchise-record 16-game losing streak and fans are looking anywhere for some hope.
From injuries, to poor play, to a tough early schedule full of back-to-backs, there are plenty of reasons the Pistons are off to this historically bad start.
There should be some relief coming soon, as Bojan Bogdanovic is probable to make his debut against the Cavaliers on Saturday, which is welcome news. The Pistons have struggled mightily in the half-court without their best shooter, floor spreader and secondary scorer. Bojan's not the savior, but he is going to help and it's hard to accurately evaluate the team without him in there. It will be nice to see what Cade Cunningham looks like flanked with a player the other teams feel the need to guard.
So things are improving on the injury front, but don't expect any breaks from the Pistons schedule.
The Detroit Pistons have the most difficult remaining strength of schedule
The Detroit Pistons schedule isn't going to get any easier, in fact, they are tied for the most difficult remaining schedule in the NBA. Their remaining opponents have a .518 winning percentage overall.
This can be somewhat misleading this early in the season, as some of the current leaders in the standings will come back to earth. The Pistons have four games remaining with the Magic, who are off to a red-hot 13-5 start, winners of eight in a row, so they are a team due for some regression, though the Pistons certainly can't count on that.
They also have three games left with East-leading Boston, two with the Mavericks, three with the Bucks, one with the Nuggets and three with the 76ers, so the Pistons have plenty of games remaining with league-leaders who aren't Orlando.
There's also the fact that the Pistons can't play themselves, as their pathetic .105 winning percentage makes all of their opponent's schedules easier, so every team that plays Detroit 3-4 more times has one of the easiest remaining schedules.
At this point, Detroit will be the underdog against any team they play, so they just have to get better, it's that simple. There are no easy games or wins coming for Detroit and no team wants to be the one that allows the end to a historic losing streak, so things aren't going to get any easier for the Pistons.