Pistons now own longest playoff losing streak after being swept by Bucks
The Detroit Pistons now own the longest playoff losing streak in NBA history.
After losing 127-104 to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, the Pistons were not only swept in the playoffs; they also took the top spot on the list of NBA teams with the most consecutive losses in the playoffs, at 14.
In addition, the Pistons’ postseason losing skid is now one of the worst streaks involving the four major sports in the United States.
The Pistons have lost 14 straight playoff games, the longest playoff losing streak in NBA history.
It's tied for the second-longest such streak in any of the four major sports with the LA Kings (14, 1993-2001). Only the Chicago Black Hawks (16, 1975-79) have had a longer streak.
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The Pistons’ streak began in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. They made the playoffs again in 2009 but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. They missed the postseason for six straight years before making it again in 2016, only to be swept by the Cavs anew.
Heading into the 2019 playoffs, Detroit was actually tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for 10 straight losses in the playoffs, but when the latter won Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Pistons were left alone in that category.
To make things worse, Detroit faced the Bucks in Games 1 and 2 without their best player, Blake Griffin.
Griffin did play in Games 3 and 4, but he didn’t make that much of a difference; the Bucks were just too much for the Pistons with or without him.
The Bucks now advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they will face the Boston Celtics.
As for the Pistons, they will have to wait an entire year to try to break their streak.
They will have to form a more competitive squad first.