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Pistons get game on national TV: Feb. 4 match vs. Knicks bumped onto TNT

Detroit entered the season with zero nationally televised games.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons entered this season coming off seven straight losing seasons and as the only team in the NBA who had both an offense and defensive efficiency rating at or below league average for every season. Needless to say, for the casual NBA fan and schedule makers, nobody was clamoring to see more Deee-troit Basket-baaaal.

There was some casual optimism this season with Stan Van Gundy at the helm and a roster more capable of executing his vision, led by the dynamic duo of Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. Still, the schedule makers were not overly impressed.

The Pistons entered this season as one of the few franchises without a nationally televised game on the schedule. That did not make Drummond very happy.

It seems, however, that the NBA has seen the error of its ways, pushing the Pistons game vs. another surprisingly competitive team, the New York Knicks, into the primetime schedule on Feb. 4, according to Pistons writer Keith Langlois.

The Pistons are bumping a game between two of the Western Conference's most disappointing teams -- the Phoenix Suns vs. the Houston Rockets.