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News » How low can the Pistons go?

How low can the Pistons go?

How low can the Pistons go?
WASHINGTON -- Just when it seems the Detroit Pistons have hit rock bottom, they find a way to sink their level of play even lower.

The latest stink bomb came in Tuesday night's 107-94 loss to Washington, making the Wizards

(4-15) the latest sub-.500 team to beat Detroit (11-9) this season. The Pistons have lost a season-high three games in a row -- all to teams with a losing record.

"The last three losses have been really tough for us because the same thing happened," Detroit guard Richard Hamilton said.

After leading by as many as 17 points in the first quarter Tuesday, the Pistons squandered a lead in the second and tried to battle back from a double-digit deficit most of the fourth quarter. Detroit cut Washington's lead to 92-88 after a short jumper by Hamilton with 2:35 to play.

That was as close as the Pistons got, as Washington finished the game with a 15-6 run.

The Pistons' demise began near the end of the second after a technical foul against Rasheed Wallace was called by official Mike Callahan.

At the time, the Pistons led 43-32. After the call, Washington finished the final 1:47 of the quarter with an 11-3 run that trimmed Detroit's lead at the half to 46-43.

"I just don't like the fact that right now, if things aren't going good, we give in, we unravel a little bit, we lose our cool and composure," Pistons coach Michael Curry said. "We can't be a team like that."

"You have to be mentally tough and physically tough. At times, we've lacked in both of those areas, and we have to get better in both of those areas."

While it appears to be a team issue, Detroit guard Arron Afflalo said it is something each player must deal with individually.

"Individuals within the team, all 13, 14 guys, just have to understand it's about winning and try not to get rattled and do what's best for the team at the time," Afflalo said. "That doesn't mean don't compete and play hard and try to play well, but understand what the bottom line is."

Tuesday's performance was especially disappointing for Antonio McDyess, who made his Pistons debut since signing a two-year deal after agreeing to a buyout with the Denver Nuggets. McDyess was part of the Allen Iverson trade that sent Chauncey Billups and Cheikh Samb to Denver. He had to wait at least 30 days to re-join the Pistons.

Although McDyess was away from the Pistons for a month, he followed them closely. He said the problems they experienced Tuesday night did not surprise him.

"I've been disappointed just watching the games, because I know this team," said McDyess, who had nine points and six rebounds. "When they lose against teams they should have beaten. Tonight was no different."

Wallace's technical foul was not the only time a Piston lost his composure.

There were several instances where contact was made by Wizards players when Pistons drove toward the basket, but no foul was called. The result was some Detroit players spent more time worrying about getting the next call than getting a defensive stop.

Hamilton was whistled for a technical foul, his third in the past two games. And other Detroit players appeared bothered by the lack of calls going their way.

"We just can't have it," Curry said. "We can't bark at the refs. We can't let a missed assignment or two, affect how we play the game. We have to play through it, and that's everybody."

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