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Pistons Try To Avoid 50th Loss Against Celtics

It's safe to say this has not been the best season to be a Detroit Pistons fan.

An ongoing sale, team turmoil and worst of all, losing, have hampered the Pistons all year. A 50th loss today would mean a second-straight season for the Pistons (26-49) with at least that many setbacks. Detroit would have to win its final seven games to avoid the dubious feat.

The Pistons' task doesn't get any easier today against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have lost four of six and are fighting for one of the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference. 

Detroit hung tough with the Chicago Bulls on Friday night but ultimately fell 101-96 on Dennis Rodman night. The rebounding king had his jersey retired by the club in a halftime ceremony that featured former Pistons Isiah Thomas, John Salley, Vinnie Johnson and Joe Dumars along with several other Pistons figures. 

Boston lost 88-83 on Friday to Atlanta, one night after beating the San Antonio Spurs. The Celtics are currently 3.5 games behind Chicago for the top spot in the East.