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‘Sell the team’ chants ring out as Pistons’ losing run hits 25 games

The Detroit Pistons are one defeat short of matching the NBA’s record single-season losing run after suffering their 25th straight loss against the Utah Jazz on Thursday, a result which prompted fans to chant: “Sell the team.”

Cade Cunningham’s 28 points were not enough for Detroit to end their near-two-month losing run, with Kelly Olynyk contributing 27 as the Jazz secured a fourth win in the space of six games.

Detroit are now just one loss away from matching the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers, both of whom lost 26 successive games in a single season.

The 76ers hold the record for worst overall run, losing 28 in a row between 2014-15 and 2015-16, and with four games remaining in 2023, Detroit could make an unwanted piece of history before the year is out.

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Fans at Little Caesars Arena targeted owner Tom Gores with chants of “sell the team” as the Pistons fell to 2-26, and head coach Monty Williams described Thursday’s loss as a particularly low point in a difficult campaign.

“I want to be careful with my words, because this one hurts more than most of them,” Williams said.

“A team that played last night got 50 points off turnovers and rebounds. It is unbelievably hard to understand how we can get outworked in those categories.”

Cunningham, who also added 10 assists and six rebounds, said: “We’re not 2-26 bad… no way are we that bad.

“I think we can turn this around. We can play a much better brand of basketball.”

The Pistons go on the road to face the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday before welcoming the same opponents to Michigan next Tuesday, then have games against the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors to round off their miserable year.

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