Playoff push: The 5 red-letter games remaining for the Pistons, including one up next

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Playoff push: The 5 red-letter games remaining for the Pistons, including one up next
Playoff push: The 5 red-letter games remaining for the Pistons, including one up next

OAKLAND – The cushion the Pistons built for themselves on the strength of a 12-2 run through the schedule has all but evaporated. After they beat Chicago on March 11 to push their record to 34-31, the Pistons led Brooklyn by a half-game, Miami by 3½ and Orlando and Charlotte by 4½. Back-to-back losses to two of the top four teams in the West, Portland and Golden State, means the Pistons have gone 3-5 since then. Brooklyn got a win it desperately needed over the Pistons ahead of seven consecutive road games and Miami turned itself around by beating the Pistons two nights later. It's been a slog ever since. And it's not going to get appreciably easier. With nine games remaining, the Pistons likely

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