The Detroit Pistons were in the midst of turning their season around after a horrid start, but injuries have slowed down team’s success.
The turnaround the Pistons (19-31) experienced has stalled with losses in five of their last seven games, after ripping off 12 wins in their previous 15. They’re still alive in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, only 2 1/2 games removed from the final spot.
Brandon Jennings was surging since the team cut Josh Smith, but a ruptured Achilles ended his season abruptly. Wednesday, starting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left the game and is day-to-day, and his status is unsure against Denver.
The Nuggets visit Detroit on Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan with hopes of ending a four-game losing streak. Denver (19-31) fell 104-100 to Boston on Wednesday. Ty Lawson scored 23 points, Arron Afflalo added 18 and Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
It was the Nuggets’ 11th loss in 12 games, but the Nuggets have won eight of nine in the series, including an 89-79 home victory October 29th.
Head Coach Brian Shaw is pleased with his team’s effort during a disappointing season in regards to the standings. Six of the 11 losses in the last 12 games have been by single digits.
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Lawson leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game, just ahead of Afflalo at 15.1. Naturally, Faried leads the team with 8.8 rebounds per game.