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PER Diem: Feb. 27, 2009

Looking at five major questions surroundings the Pistons' plunge this season

Updated: February 27, 2009, 3:54 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Few stories in the NBA this year have been more shocking or sudden than the demise of the Pistons.

Since a late December winning streak, Detroit is just 6-18 and has fallen two games below .500. Though the Pistons still cling to the No. 7 slot on the Eastern playoff board, they have just a 44.3 percent chance of making the postseason in today's Playoff Odds, thanks to a fairly difficult closing schedule.

Included in that schedule are two national TV gigs this weekend, ...

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