DENVER – If you’re not following along with your pocket schedule as this eternal Pistons road trip bumps along, let me catch you up to date. They’ve left the frying pan, headed for the fire.

A day after playing the 0-3 and angry Los Angeles Lakers, the Pistons headed east for a Tuesday date with the 0-3 and peeved Denver Nuggets. That starts a stretch of four games in five nights. Yeah, life isn’t presenting the Pistons any breaks as they scramble to crawl out of the 0-3 hole in which their 2012-13 season presently sits.

Despite a star-studded cast, the Los Angeles Lakers are off to their worst start in 34 years.

Hoping to avoid their first 0-4 start since the franchise moved to Los Angeles, the Lakers will again be without Steve Nash on Sunday night when they host the Detroit Pistons.

Nash, who totaled nine points and eight assists in the first two games, sat out Friday's 105-95 loss to the Clippers with a bruised leg. The Lakers announced on Saturday that the 38-year-old point guard has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out for at least another week.

WESTWOOD, Calif. – The Pistons are 0-2, the Lakers 0-3. Guess which story is drawing more attention?

After somehow adding both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol core over the off-season despite being hopelessly capped out, the Lakers were supposed to win 70 games … in the minds of Lakers fans, at least.

So starting 0-3 for the first time in 34 years has registered on Richter scales in La-La Land.