The season’s midway point is two games away and by the time the Pistons get there – after home games Sunday and Tuesday – they’ll be that much closer to knowing whether the playoffs are indeed within their reach or as far off as they seemed in the throes of their 0-8 start.

The teams that currently occupy the last two spots in the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee and Boston, are both hovering barely above .500. If those two spots are within play, then there are four teams currently on the other side of the playoff divide that are positioned to overtake the Bucks and Celtics.