Pistons on Pace for Record-Breaking Losing Season
With their recent loss, the Detroit Pistons have now endured a staggering 24 consecutive defeats in the NBA. This puts them in rare company, alongside only the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers and 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost as many games consecutively. To emphasize the magnitude of this losing streak, even the aforementioned teams have managed to win a game since the Pistons’ last victory.
A Season Marked by Frustration and Hardship
Center Isaiah Stewart spoke candidly about the team’s struggles, stating, “None of us went through this, ever. This is the hardest thing probably all of us went through, especially being in the pros.” Guard Cade Cunningham echoed this sentiment, acknowledging the challenge of the situation and emphasizing the need for a plan of action moving forward.
Chasing the Unenviable Record
The Pistons’ current record stands at a dismal 2-26, putting them on track for a historically abysmal five-win season. This would result in a staggering 77 losses, just shy of the NBA record of 73 losses set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers. The Pistons themselves have never experienced such a catastrophic season, with their highest number of losses in a single season being 66 in 1979-80.
Glimmers of Hope on the Horizon
As the new year approaches, the Pistons have several upcoming opportunities to break their losing streak. They will face the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, followed by a game against the on Thursday, and a home match against the Toronto Raptors the following Saturday. Their first game in 2024 will be on New Year’s Day against the . These games present a chance for redemption and a turnaround for the struggling team.
Source: The Associated Press