Pistons news: Injuries, wonky schedule and the funniest thing that could happen

Brooklyn Nets v Detroit Pistons
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The Detroit Pistons begin a six-game homestand tonight against the Brooklyn Nets in a battle of two disappointing Eastern Conference teams.

The Pistons will play nine of their next 10 games at home, with the lone exception a trip to Boston to play the league-leading Celtics.

After that, the schedule gets even weirder, as Detroit will finish their season with nine of their final 11 games on the road, an Adam Silver twist of the knife that would seem cruel if the Pistons were playing for anything other than lottery position.

Most fans are just waiting for April 15th to mercifully get here so we can pivot to the offseason and forget this season ever happened.

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But there are still games to play, including tonight against the Nets, a team that has already beaten the Pistons twice this season.

Detroit Pistons injuries vs. Brooklyn Nets: Is Quentin Grimes playing tonight

After being doubtful for the last game, Quentin Grimes has already been downgraded to out for tonight's matchup with the Nets.

The Pistons have no reason to rush him back, but this knee injury has to be a concern, as Grimes has only played four games for Detroit since coming over as the centerpiece of a trade with the Knicks.

The Nets have plenty of injury concerns of their own, as Ben Simmons, Cam Thomas, Cam Johnson and Dariq Whitehead are all out for Brooklyn and Day'Ron Sharpe is listed as questionable.

Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards

The hapless Washington Wizards lost their 16th game in a row last night to once again hold sole possession of the NBA's worst record, a half game below the Pistons.

The Wizards haven't just been losing, they've been getting smoked, as nine of the 16 losses in this streak have been double digits and they allowed 140 points or more in three of them.

Washington does have some winnable games coming up against Charlotte and Memphis, but outside of that, they could challenge the Pistons' 28-game losing streak set earlier this year.

If Washington doesn't get a win between now and March 29th, it would set up the funniest matchup of the year, which would be them playing the Detroit Pistons for what would be their 28th straight loss.

After Kyle Kuzma mocked the Pistons earlier in the season, it would be poetic justice if the Pistons could stamp them into history. The only thing Detroit can hope for is to drag another team into the abyss with them, which aptly summarizes the 2023-24 season.