The Detroit Pistons will take on the Indiana Pacers tonight in the final game of the in-season tournament.
The tournament is already over for the Pistons who lost all three of their games so far as part of a 12-game losing streak that has them in last place in the Eastern Conference.
There always seems to be some bad to balance out the good with the Pistons this season. Cade Cunningham has looked like a star in many ways but is also leading the NBA in turnovers. Ausar Thompson has been an elite defender and rebounder but can't shoot. Jaden Ivey has been more efficient offensively, but can't get out of Monty Williams' doghouse.
The Pistons get some good news on the injury front and almost immediately have some bad news to balance it out.
Positive and negative injury updates for the Pistons vs. Pacers
There is some good news for tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers, who have been one of the surprise teams of the league behind All-NBA level play from point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who makes up one third of the Pistons' Holy Trinity of draft misses.
The Pistons will only be missing three players, fewest of the season, so that is something. Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Harris and Monte Morris have all been ruled out for tonight's game.
That means second-year center Jalen Duren will be back in the starting lineup tonight, a welcome addition after he missed several games with a sprained ankle.
The bad news is that Monte Morris' quad strain was reevaluated and he was ruled out for at least an additional 6-8 weeks. The Pistons have so far gotten next to nothing from their two big offseason additions, as Harris was terrible before getting injured and Morris has yet to play a game for Detroit.
Detroit is inching dangerously close to the franchise record for consecutive losses, a dubious honor they would rather not be a part of. They will have some players back tonight, but one of their key veteran acquisitions from the summer will likely be out until at least January.