DETROIT -- Detroit hosts the Houston Rockets in Wednesday night’s season opener, which the Pistons hope will be the start of a season that returns them to relevance in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit started 4-20 in last year’s lockout-shortened season but went 21-21 after that. The Pistons are hoping to make a run at a playoff berth this season behind young big man Greg Monroe.
“We obviously have a lot of work to do,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “You always have to be real, you can’t get a false sense of what it is and we have a lot of work to do.”
The Pistons haven’t made the playoffs since 2009.
The Rockets won’t have their home opener at the Toyota Center until Sunday when they take on the Trail Blazers at 7 p.m.