The Detroit Pistons are 4.5 games out of the No. 8 seed with nine games to play. The Boston Celtics are currently clinging to that No. 8 seed by percentage points, .002 to be exact. By Wednesday, April 8, the Pistons could be playing for something or playing spoiler. Either way, they'll be playing on ESPN.
Wednesday's Celtics-Detroit Pistons matchup has been moved to ESPN, the network announced Monday. It'll be the first nationally televised game of the season for Boston, excluding the handful that have aired on NBA TV. The C's Jan. 14 game against the Atlanta Hawks originally was scheduled to air on ESPN but was flexed out following the Rajon Rondo trade.
As part of the switch, Celtics-Pistons also has been bumped up 30 minutes to a 7 p.m. tipoff.
The Pistons have four games before this nationally televised game -- Atlanta, @Charlotte, @Chicago and Miami.
Phoenix-Dallas will air after the Pistons-Celtics, but who cares? We'll be basking in the night of magic by that time.