Detroit Pistons Weekly: No Joy On The Trip Out West

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Mar 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) defends Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) in the second quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

With the Playoffs now looking to be virtually out of reach, it’s probably a good idea for Detroit Pistons fans to turn their attention to the Draft lottery. The Pistons are a team who haven’t necessarily been tanking, but they’ve been incoherent as a unit, and just plain bad. As a result, a high draft pick would seem likely to fall into their lap in the coming weeks, if, as seems likely the Pistons continue to lose. The catch is that the Pistons traded the rights to their 2014 pick to the Bobcats as part of the Ben Gordon deal in 2012, but the pick remains top eight protected. With the Pistons currently projected to pick at approximately the tenth spot, losing isn’t the worst thing that could happen from now on in.

Detroit’s schedule in the last seven days did nothing to harm their lottery prospects anyway. The Piston headed  on a road trip out West, with a terrible record of 5-23 against the other conference. The week began with a visit to the high altitude Pepsi Center in Colorado, to face off against Brian Shaw‘s Denver Nuggets. Next up were the surprisingly good Phoenix Suns, who are battling for the eighth spot out West. Before the week finally came to it’s conclusion in Staples Center against the formidable LA Clippers.

The Pistons went on to finish the week 0-3.

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