There used to be a time when the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers were fierce rivals.
Hatred for the Lakers is a birthright for Pistons fans, so tonight has the chance to be a meaningful game for Detroit.
A win stops them from setting the all-time franchise record for consecutive losses in a single season, and the cherry on top would be beating the hated Lakers.
The Pistons will be shorthanded as usual, but will we see the Lakers' stars tonight in Little Caesar's Arena?
Is LeBron James playing tonight? Pistons vs. Lakers injury update
LeBron James has played 61 career games against the Pistons and has a record of 40-21, averaging 24 points, 7.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds. He put an end to the Pistons' run of Eastern Conference Finals when his Cavaliers swept them in the first round of the 2008-9 playoffs, and Detroit has never really recovered.
The Pistons haven't won a playoff game since then, the longest drought in the NBA, and that sweep started a playoff losing streak of 12 games that is the longest in professional sports.
So it would be nice for LeBron James to take a night off. Though would it really matter? The Pistons have lost to several teams during this streak that were sitting their stars, so if LeBron doesn't play, expect someone else to score 50 in his place.
LeBron is listed as questionable with a calf injury and Pistons' killer Anthony Davis is listed as probable with a groin/hip injury. Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt and Gabe Vincent have been ruled out for the Lakers and Cam Reddish is listed as probable.
The Pistons will be missing their Big 3 of injuries in Bojan Bogdanovic (who I keep hearing is coming back soon but am not seeing evidence of it), Joe Harris and Monte Morris.
Bogdanovic missed the final 20 games of last season and has yet to play in this one. Unfortunately for him, he's being billed as the savior of a team that has lost 14 straight and has the worst record in the league. In case you were wondering, Bogdanovic has a 3-9 record in the 12 games he played with Cade Cunningham.
How to watch Pistons vs. Lakers
At this point, you are witnessing potential history every night with the Detroit Pistons, so you may as well tune into Bally Sports Detroit at 7:00 PM ET or listen on 950 AM. If you live outside of the Detroit region, you can stream on NBA League Pass and anyone can get a free trial at FUBOtv.
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