Despite the landslide, the Pistons aren't out of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference at the midway point of the season. Because of the weak play in the east, they are just on the outside looking in at the postseason.

Granted, the Pistons are a young team. They have the youngest starting five in the league. Still, it makes no sense why they are underperforming so badly.

It definitely could be a case of young players trying to find themselves, carve out an identity. Coach Mo Cheeks gets some blame, too.

 Still, it looks as if GM Joe Dumars will be forced to swing a trade at the deadline to get this core group of players headed in the right direction.

This team has to make the postseason. There's too much young talent here, starting with Andre Drummond.