Pistons injuries: Will Cade Cunningham play vs. Wizards in tankathon 2024?

Washington Wizards v Detroit Pistons
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When Troy Weaver said he wanted the Pistons to play meaningful games late in the season, I don't think tonight's matchup with the Washington Wizards was what he had in mind.

To be fair, the game does have some meaning, as a win would draw the Pistons one game closer in the battle to see who will end up with the NBA's worst record this season.

Given the Pistons' recent rotation, which may be the worst we've seen in the Troy Weaver era, this is one battle Detroit intends to win.

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With only nine games left, this might be the Pistons' best chance at victory and to avoid finishing the season on a 17-game losing streak.

The Pistons are being cautious with Cade Cunningham, who scored 32 points in the last loss, so we may again see the poor souls being asked to go down with the ship.

Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards: Injury update

Ausar Thompson, Isaiah Stewart, Simone Fontecchio, Quentin Grimes, Stanley Umude and Taj Gibson have all been ruled out for tonight's game. Curiously, the Pistons have not added Grimes to the "ruled out for the season" list, as he hasn't played since March 13th and has only played six games total since joining the team. Given Detroit's historical caginess when it comes to clearly reporting injuries, you have to wonder what is really going on with Grimes.

Both Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey are listed as questionable for tonight's game, and if they both sit, we might get the chance to see that Malachi Flynn/Marcus Sasser starting backcourt everyone has been talking about.

The only thing the Pistons have left to play for is lottery position and trying to avoid being the worst team in franchise history, a dubious honor that the Pistons don't seem at all concerned about, but given how this season has played out, it would be fitting.

The Wizards will be missing Bilal Coulibaly, Tyus Jones, Richaun Holmes, Landry Shamet and former Pistons' greats Isaiah Livers and Eugene Omoruyi.

So I hope you have something else to do on a Friday night rather than watch the two most depressing franchises in the NBA try to out-tank each other.