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Pistons Running on Empty

The Pistons come into the Wells Fargo Center at 0-8.

Pistons Running on Empty

Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) drives on Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9), of Congo, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) drives on Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9), of Congo, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Detroit Pistons come into the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday with the worst start (0-8) in their history. (They had started out 0-7 twice before this season: 1962-63 and 1980-81).

They are the 26th NBA team to start a season 0-8 (the 0-6 Wizards are working their way to being the 27th). Twenty of the previous 25 teams fell to 0-9, the most recent being the 2009-10 Nets, who dropped their first 18 games.

Here are how the Sixers and Pistons numbers compare:

  SIXERS PISTONS
   Own  Opp.
 Own  Opp.
 Points/Game  89.7  90.7  91.3  101.5
    FG Pct.
 41.6%  
 43.8%  
 41.9%  
 46.0%  
    3FG Pct.
 36.5%  36.2%  35.6%  35.2%
    FT Pct.
 79.4%  74.4%  73.5%  78.3%
 Rebounds/Game  42.9  42.6  37.6  45.1
    Off. Reb./Game
 10.4  9.1  11.4  12.9
 Assists/Game  20.0  22.1  21.5  20.3
    Assists/FG
 .586  .640  .632  .544
 Steals/Game  8.9  8.1  6.6  8.9
 Blocked Shots/Game  
 5.0  5.4  6.1  6.1
 Turnovers/Game  15.4  16.9  15.0  15.6
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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