If it’s not clear by now, the Detroit Pistons have moved on to next season. You won’t hear it publicly. Over the next few weeks, you will hear clichés of not quitting and keeping the faith until they are officially eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff chase. But after Monday night’s 123-94 drubbing at the hands of the powerful Toronto Raptors, the Pistons (28-32) are three games behind the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. Of the Pistons' 20 games remaining, 13 are on the road. The Pistons are 1-9 on the road in 2018. Front-office members and assistant coaches seem to have defeated expressions, possibly concerned with job statuses with most facing expiring contracts on June 30. The state of the franchise indicates last month's blockbuster trade to land power forward Blake Griffin was a move geared toward the 2018-19 season. And the gambit will likely fail without a healthy Reggie Jackson.
Success of Detroit Pistons' Blake Griffin trade rests with Reggie Jackson
Detroit Free Press | Feb 28