Cade Cunningham conceded there was “nothing positive” about the Detroit Pistons’ situation after they broke the NBA record for consecutive defeats in a single season on Tuesday.
The Pistons slumped to their 27th loss on the trot, going down 118-112 to the Brooklyn Nets. Only the Philadelphia 76ers have lost more successive games (28) but that was across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
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Cunningham did his utmost against the Nets, pouring in 41 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a losing effort.
He said: “There’s nothing positive about this situation right now that we put ourselves in, so that’s why we have to dig deep and get ourselves out of it.
“You can’t get away from it. It weighs on us every day, I mean everywhere. It weighs on us.”
The situation off the court is as unsettled as it is on it with fans again chanting “sell the team” despite owner Tom Gores insisting two days ago he has no intention of parting with the franchise.
That disharmony didn’t sit well with some players with guard Jaden Ivey questioning the fans’ loyalties.
Ivey said: “We have the right people in this locker room and most importantly, I just heard the fans talking about sell the team and just in my mind it’s like what we talked about, who is with us? Who’s really with us?
“Chanting ‘sell the team,’ I thought it was a bit much because we’re growing and obviously the record and a lot of people expected us to be better in this upcoming point of the season, but we’re gonna continue to row the boat and we’re gonna forget what everybody else says, stay together and play for each other.”
Detroit are now 2-28 for the season and can equal the 76ers’ record with a defeat to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.