The Pistons began and ended their week with wins against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In-between, Detroit faced tough matchups against the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls. Although they lost both matchups, the Pistons more than competed, nearly coming back from a 20-point deficit against Golden State and forcing Bulls center Joakim Noah to have a career night -- 30 points, 23 points, six assists -- for the four-point Chicago win.
Brandon Knight, who scored 30 points in the latest victory over Cleveland, has emerged as a true offensive threat, transforming the Pistons into an formidable opponent following their 0-8 start to the season. Rosenthal writes that Detroit has quietly become a tough team to play:
Brandon Knight played his most productive game of the year in the win in Cleveland and Rodney Stuckey's been quietly solid so far this month after an unseemly November. Detroit remains a cool .500 since snapping their eight-game losing streak to start the year.
At the top of the rankings, Rosenthal's entire top 10 remained the same with only the order of the teams changing. The San Antonio Spurs held onto the top spot after a perfect, three-win week, while the Oklahoma City Thunder moved up to No. 2, replacing the Memphis Grizzlies.