Detroit Pistons in playoff hunt?
by Vince Ellis, USA TODAY Sports
Even after an 0-8 start and a 3-14 road record, the Pistons find themselves on the periphery of the playoff race.
It definitely speaks to the weakness of the bottom part of the Eastern Conference, but the Pistons (13-22) stood 2 1/2 games behind the No. 8 Philadelphia 76ers after Friday’s 85-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at the Palace.
So you can understand players openly talking about being in the playoff mix after the recent run of solid play.
Austin Daye admitted he is not one to pore over the standings daily, but said the Pistons were fortunate to be in a position to make a push considering the bad start that featured an 0-6 trip against Western Conference foes.
“That’s what we wanted at the beginning of the season, but we started off on the wrong foot,” said Daye, who scored 20 against the Hawks. “That West Coast trip really hurt us, and we lost a couple of close games at home. Now we just need to focus on getting some home consecutive wins … all together we just need to pretty much stick together and play the way we’ve been playing and we’ll be fine.”
But the playoff talk is just talk now, and they need to keep up the good play before anyone really starts to take it seriously.
“I just stay focused on today,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “I don’t go as the wind blows.
“Every day we just need to grind and get better.”
Vince Ellis writes for the Detroit Free Press