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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.

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