The Detroit Pistons released their full season schedule Friday, with the season kicking off at Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 23 and a home opener on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks. Here are some instant observations.
So Much Disrespect
So right off the bat the Pistons are being disrespected by having their first home game on the second night of a back-to-back. Thanks for nothing ...
The Pistons will also be playing one of their “home” games in Mexico City, Mexico when they face off against the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 12. Thanks for nothing ...
The Pistons are tentatively scheduled to play two games on national TV (both ESPN) — at Brooklyn on Jan. 29 and at Philadelphia on March 11. Yep, an underdog both times and both games on the road. Thanks for nothing ...
Other interesting notes to consider — the Pistons will likely play all of their games against Indiana while the Pacers are still without Victor Oladipo.
The Going Gets Tough
The Pistons also need to pile up wins in a hurry as, per Rod Beard in the Detroit News, the team has the easiest schedule before the All-Star break and the hardest one after.
Beginning Feb. 23, it seems like the Pistons will be on the road for pretty much the rest of the season, and the home slate is no respite. Detroit plays 14 road games and their home opponents are Oklahoma City, Uta, Orlando, Golden State, Lakers, Portland, Clippers, Houston, Heat, Celtics.
The Pistons have a little reason for Christmas cheer as they are lucky enough to have five home games and one quick trip to Boston from Dec. 16 to Dec. 26. That means players will largely get to be home for the holidays and spend a little more time with family.
New Year Swing
Of course, immediately following that will embark on a six-game road trip, including a brutal trip out West against San Antonio, Utah, Clippers, Golden State and Lakers before limping into Cleveland hoping to salvage something.