Coaches of teams in search of the winning formula tinker with playing combinations until they’re satisfied they’ve exhausted all possibilities in attempting to wring every ounce of potential out of their rosters.

Lawrence Frank has found something with the second unit the Pistons have put together recently: rookie Andre Drummond at center with lanky shooters Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva on either side of him and attacking guards Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey in the backcourt.

The Pistons haven’t made the playoffs for three seasons and have ground to make up to prevent the streak from reaching four. But there’s more than a pinprick of light at the end of their tunnel. Whether the playoff drought ends this April or not, Joe Dumars and his staff are confident that the worst is well behind them.