PER Diem: Jan. 23, 2009

Some poor personnel moves and the regression of key players have turned the Pistons from one of the NBA's best to a team struggling to make the playoffs.

Updated: January 23, 2009, 4:44 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

So what's up with the Pistons?

Detroit came into the season expecting to challenge Boston for Eastern Conference supremacy, much as it did a year ago. Instead, the Pistons checked into midseason at 24-17 with a barely positive point differential despite playing the easy part of their schedule (just a .459 opponent winning percentage).

The Pistons are just 17th in this morning's Power Rankings, and the Playoff Odds give them an 18.9 percent chance of missing the postseason entirely. ...

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