Detroit Pistons urged to embrace pressure


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Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says his side should enjoy the pressure of fighting for the final playoff place remaining in the NBA.

The Western Conference top eight has been decided, with only the order still to be determined, and there us one place left in the East.

Detroit currently hold that spot with two games remaining, although they are just one game ahead of both Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat.

The Pistons have lost their last four in a row, including a home loss at the hands of Charlotte last time out, but their task now is a simple one – win their last two games and they will be involved in the postseason party regardless of results elsewhere.

Casey says now is not the time for nervousness, and urged his players to enjoy their fight for playoff basketball.

“We have to embrace it right now,” Casey told the Detroit Free Press. “This should be fun. We’re not getting orders for our cars to be shipped away.

We’re in here fighting for our playoff lives so that should be fun, that should be exciting to me. “Is there pressure? Yes, because that’s what our job is.”

Detroit host Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday and complete the regular season with a trip to New York Knicks on Wednesday.

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