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Pistons at Raptors final score: Pistons blown out, watch playoff hopes continue to fade

What a mess.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Pistons came out of the All Star break having squandered their margin from error. Not the time for a losing streak.

The Eastern Conference’s best team out-classed Detroit in just about every facet of the game. The Raptors took a double digit lead midway through the second quarter and the Pistons never managed to even make it interesting.

Honestly, these days it’s feeling like the Pistons might be trying to build this franchise around a $200 million core that just happens to be hollow.

The good news: Jameer Nelson didn’t play! The bad news: Dwight Buycks was bad. More good news: Luke Kennard was back in the rotation! The bad news: he wasn’t very good either. Ugh. Wish I was back out in the mountains climbing up some gnarly stuff.

The Pistons are giving even the most enthusiastic kool-aid drinkers little reason to think they can still make the playoffs. With tonight’s loss, they fall three games behind Miami for the eighth spot in the East.

Three games shouldn’t be much. But at this point, it’s quite the gulf.