While the Brooklyn Nets locked up a postseason spot earlier this week, they didn't look much like a playoff team last time out.

They surprisingly haven't been able to keep up with the struggling Detroit Pistons, either.

Looking to extend the longest home winning streak in franchise history, the Nets try to avoid a four-game season sweep at the hands of the road-challenged Pistons on Friday night.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons begin their celebration of Pistons Green Week, presented by EDSS, today with a visit to the winner of the Pistons Green Classroom Giveaway presented by Chalkfly and will continue with a park clean-up and gardening project at a Detroit elementary school with Republic Services. Over the course of the week, the Pistons will join the community and partners to highlight the importance of protecting the environment.

NEW YORK – For all the cyberspace occupied by analysis of the offensive failings of the Pistons and their supersized frontcourt, it’s been defense – lack of, specifically – that has cost them a playoff run.

The Pistons are an average offensive team, or close to it, depending on your metric of choice. They rank 15th in scoring, 17th in field-goal percentage and 20th in offensive efficiency. Their comparable defensive ratings: 27, 27 and 23. I think we can all agree: The Pistons have bigger issues on the defensive end.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Bad Boys and members of the 1989 NBA Championship reunited on March 27 and 28 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their first NBA Championship and raise funds for local Detroit non-profit organizations.

Hosted by the Come Together Foundation, the two-day event raised over $300,000 in net proceeds that will be shared equally between six Detroit-based non-profit organizations – Forgotten Harvest, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Cornerstone Schools, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Rhonda Walker Foundation and CATCH (Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children).