It's gone from a subtle whisper, a seemingly unattainable goal, to something that should be an expectation for everyone in the Pistons locker room.

That's making the postseason, as the Pistons are four games behind the reeling Celtics for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The revelation of All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo's ACL injury before Sunday's win against the Magic sent shock waves through the NBA — despite the obvious boost on the surface to the Pistons' playoff chances.

"You have to be focused on yourself. My heart goes out to Rajon. Even though they're on the other side, I love that kid," said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, who was a Celtics assistant in the 2010-11 season. "Boston's a very resilient team."

Tayshaun Prince and Rondo share Kentucky ties and agent Bill Duffy, even though there's a few years' difference between them. Although Rondo is somewhat a recluse in terms of today's ultra-friendly NBA culture, Rondo and Prince are close.

"I feel bad, man. I've been thinking about it all day," Prince said. "Obviously they're in the eighth spot, but you don't want to chase them