After one night of relief, the Detroit Pistons got back to their losing ways, promptly getting blown out by the Rockets and losing an overtime thriller to the Jazz.
Neither Detroit nor Utah played a lick of defense in a game that was part of a historical scoring night for the NBA.
The game dropped the Pistons to 28th in defensive efficiency and they are allowing four more points per game than last season, which was the worst defense in franchise history. At least the Pistons are still making history!
The terrible defense has been one of the only consistencies this season for the Pistons, as their offense has been a roller coaster, with several players stepping up of late.
But it won't matter if the other team scores 150 points, which is on the table tonight when the Pistons take on the Warriors in Golden State.
The Warriors are coming off a tough loss against the Nuggets last night, so the Pistons will once again be treated to a team that is on the second game of a back-to-back, a factor that has not mattered so far this season.
Detroit has also been struggling with wonky rotations. After having a few good games in the starting lineup, Kevin Knox was abruptly yanked in favor of Isaiah Livers, who has done nothing to warrant a place in the rotation, much less the starting lineup.
Ausar Thompson has become an afterthought, playing just 11 minutes in the last game even though Detroit could not get a stop. Marcus Sasser and Marvin Bagley III appear to be out of the rotation entirely.
So while the Pistons continue to pile up losses, the young players who will be on the team next season are being pushed aside in favor of guys whose days with the team are numbered.
Will the Pistons continue their terrible defense and confounding rotations tonight against the Warriors? Only coach Monty Williams knows the answer to the second part, but it would be nice for the Pistons' young players to get some run since they are losing anyway.
Is Isaiah Stewart playing tonight? Pistons vs. Warriors injury updates
The Detroit Pistons have missed Isaiah Stewart's defense, though the offense has been flowing better with him out of the starting five. They'll be missing it again tonight, as he and Monte Morris have been ruled out vs. Golden State.
The Pistons have Alec Burks listed as questionable, which would make sense, as he is finally shooting the ball well again and the basketball gods can't allow that. He'll be a game-time decision with a sore hamstring.
Gary Payton II will be out for Golden State, who are still missing Draymond Green due to suspension, though he should be back soon.
The Pistons have to do something to change this dynamic, whether it is getting Ausar Thompson back into starter's minutes, working MBIII back into the rotation or seeing if Marcus Sasser can provide an offensive boost in place of Killian Hayes.
Unfortunately, I expect to see more of the same.