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NBA standings watch: Pistons fall 3.5 games out of playoff picture

The Pistons needed a win to stay on pace with the rest of the mess at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but they ran into Anthony Davis.

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It was just the Pistons' luck on Wednesday to learn hours before tipping against the New Orleans Pelicans that Anthony Davis was going to "try" to play. He didn't just try to play; he dominated on both ends of the floor, scoring 39 points, blocking eight shots and disrupting many others, sending the Pistons to a three-point L in NOLA.

Salt on the wound is that all the teams directly ahead of the Pistons in the Eastern Conference standings, except the Brooklyn Nets, played and won, pushing the Pistons back another game in the race.

As Jason Brunskowski broke it down yesterday, the Pistons have the toughest challenge in the battle for a playoff spot.

They get back at it on Friday on the road against Josh Smith and the Houston Rockets, losers of two straight.