In our original post on this muddled mess, we touched on the fact that the Pistons provided explanations for most players' absence/tardiness. However, we also said that we had a hard time believing such absence/tardiness was actually excused, considering the mass benchings of Friday night. It appears, though, that the team is moving in the right direction - for Saturday's win, they played a much-more-normal nine players.
Also, there's this: Kuester and Hamilton say they've made up. If that's true and Kuester actually starts playing Hamilton again, he'll be a nice addition for the Pistons down the stretch...and maybe that playoff push isn't so far-fetched.
Indeed, the best-case scenario for the Pistons now is what happened with the Heat earlier this season amid reports that LeBron and his team were plotting to get the Heat organization and coach Erik Spoelstra to give in to their every whim. The Heat stood by Spoelstra, just like the Pistons are apparently doing with Kuester, and the team responded by winning 21 of 22 games. And while we wouldn't expect the Pistons to quite replicate that run, the fact that the potential exists at all is more than we could have imagined two days ago.