The Detroit Pistons have admitted that the latest twists in this topsy-turvy NBA schedule have affected them, but they won't be the more fatigued team in their next game.
The Pistons have enjoyed a welcome day off as they travel to face the Washington Wizards, who return home to complete a stretch of three games in as many nights Monday.
Detroit (16-32) is back on the road for the second game of four on this trip. The Pistons played five away from home against Western Conference foes, returned home to get routed 88-73 by Miami on Friday and began this journey with Saturday's 101-79 defeat at New York.
Making matters worse, Rodney Stuckey (sore left big toe) and Will Bynum (virus) were out against the Knicks. Both could return Monday.
"Everybody is fatigued. They (the Knicks) just came off a back-to-back like us. That's never an excuse in this league," center Greg Monroe said. "Everybody has to play back-to-back, triples. It's never an excuse to blame it on the season."