Pistons searching for answers

Although the Pistons have tried to become more offensive orientated, only their defensive numbers have improved.

Updated: December 10, 2003, 10:41 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
On Tuesday night, the Detroit Pistons lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, who were without Allen Iverson, Glenn Robinson and Marc Jackson.

In other words, they were outscored at home by a team missing three of its four leading scorers, a team that didn't like them very much in the first place after coach Larry Brown left Philadelphia for Detroit in the offseason, and a team that had already beaten them once on Nov. 26.

In other words, they lost their second game in a row to fall to 14-8 after starting last year 15-7, which turned into 18-7 with a win over two-time NBA finalist New Jersey. But this year's team has a 2-4 record against opponents with a winning record. In fact, prior to losing the last two games, the Pistons' four-game win streak came against teams with a combined record of 25-59.

In other words, things aren't exactly how many thought they'd be in Detroit.