It doesn't matter that the Detroit Pistons had a 21-point lead against the best team in the NBA last night.
It doesn't matter that they had a big lead at halftime or that Cade Cunningham had another big night.
It doesn't matter that the Pistons battled back after they predictably gave up that lead, forcing the game into overtime.
It doesn't matter that they had a shot to win the game with time running down.
It doesn't matter because they still lost and there are no moral victories in professional sports, even for a team that has lost 28 in a row.
The Detroit Pistons have now tied the record for the worst losing streak in NBA history, with a chance to break it at home Saturday night against the Raptors.
The Detroit Pistons could be alone in North American sports
Only one team in the history of North American sports has had a longer losing streak than your current Pistons, and that was the NFL's Chicago Cardinals of the early 1940's.
So two more losses and the Detroit Pistons have an argument as the worst team in the history of North American sports. Only six more continents left to conquer!
Cade Cunningham and one more game
Cade Cunningham has not given up on his team and has admirably kept fighting through all of this. He's been addressing the team regularly and has stepped up as a leader both on and off the court.
You can tell he's getting absolutely fed up with this, especially about the notion that the Pistons just need to win one game to end it. Here's what he had to say after the game:
"I’m not interested in just winning one more game this year...you know what I mean? To stop this. That would be soft, in my opinion...Our goals are a lot higher than that. We have what it takes to win a game, that’s nothing. But to put games together, to find our system, find what’s clicking and allow us to sustain winning. That’s all we’re looking for."
Cade is right. Winning one game at this point would be more like a sideshow and it hardly matters it if is not representative of larger improvement.
But you have to win one to win two and right now the Pistons just can't figure out a way to get it done.