Well it's been a season for the record books for the Pistons so far, but not the good ones. With their loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night, the Pistons dropped their 11th straight game at the Palace of Auburn Hills giving the longest single-season home losing streak in franchise history.
The Pistons have a longer home losing streak that stretched across the offseason back in 1980. They lost seven games at the Pontiac Silverdome as part of a greater 14 game losing streak to close out the 1979-80 season, then they opened the 1980-81 season with a seven game losing streak that included four games at the dome. Their home losing streak that season reached six before a 28 point win to a Mavericks team that would go on to win only 15 games that season.
For those of you counting at home, that's a 13 game home losing streak.
Those were some hard times for the Pistons, as earlier in the 79-80 season they also lost 10 straight at home.
Our current squad looks to give them a run for their money though. They play tomorrow night at home against the Eastern Conference's best team the 20-6 Toronto Raptors before hosting the Indiana Pacers on December 26. The Pacers have absolutely owned the Pistons over the past five years, winning 17 of the past 21 meetings. If the good lord's willing and the creek don't rise, the shot at the overall record would come on January 4 against the Sacramento Kings.
The current streak pulls the Pistons into a tie for the 23rd longest home losing streak in NBA history. The longest belongs to the Mavs at 19 games from November 1993 to January 1994.
November 7 was the last time the Pistons won a game at the Palace, when the Bucks youngsters collapsed down the stretch to help the Pistons win 98-95. And fans are noticing. The Pistons are averaging an attendance of only 13,659 at home, compared to 15,005 last year.
They have a sizable gap at the bottom of the league for both average attendance and percentage of capacity. They're filling 61.9 percent of the Palace's seats, with the Philadelphia 76ers next at 69.7 percent.
Only 12,287 fans showed up last night, and David Mayo and Vincent Goodwill offered an apt description via Twitter:
It is if you wanna have a private conversation RT @David_Mayo: The energy in the building is not what I could call intimidating.
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) December 18, 2014