Pistons injuries: Ending the streak just got more difficult

Dec 6, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) grabs the rebound in
Dec 6, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) grabs the rebound in / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

There hasn't been much in the way of good news for the Detroit Pistons lately.

They are riding an 18-game losing streak, have the worst record in the NBA and there seems to be no rock bottom this season.

The only thing fans have had to look forward to is the development and improvement of the young players, but even that has been put on pause, as Jaden Ivey has played inconsistent minutes and Cade Cunningham has struggled to make a leap without a secondary scorer. Ausar Thompson has played limited minutes of late and Marcus Sasser has been in an extended slump.

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The news got worse yesterday, when the Pistons announced that Jalen Duren would miss at least two weeks with a sprained ankle. Count me as one who thinks two weeks is extremely optimistic given what we saw on the court against Memphis coupled with Duren's history of ankle injuries.

Detroit Pistons injuries vs. the Orlando Magic

The Pistons will travel to Orlando tonight to take on the Magic, who have been one of the surprise teams of the season. They are currently 14-7, sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference and enjoying the type of season Pistons fans have long dreamed of.

The Pistons will be missing Jalen Duren and Monte Morris, but Joe Harris has been upgraded to questionable. Harris only shot 31 percent from long range in the seven games he played before getting hurt, but the Pistons bench has been so bad lately that he might still find his way back into the rotation.

Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr and Kevon Harris have been ruled out for the Magic, so they too will be missing some of their center depth. Jalen Suggs and Jonathan Isaac are both listed as questionable for tonight's game.

The Pistons rotation will have a new look tonight, as it's likely we'll see Isaiah Stewart at center, which is a move I've been curious to see all season.

How to watch Pistons vs. Magic

The game in Orlando will tip off at 7:00 PM ET and you can watch on Bally Sports Detroit or listen on 97.1 FM The Ticket. With Duren out, the Pistons should at least be able to get another shooter on the floor, so hopefully that will help them break out of their offensive funk.

You can also stream the game on NBA League Pass if you are out of market or go for a free trial at FUBOtv.

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