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Detroit Pistons Tickets
Detroit Pistons Tickets
The Detroit Pistons have a storied past, having won three NBA titles in franchise history. Moreover, the team has won seven conference titles since its conception in 1941, two of which came as part of the Western Conference in 1955 and 1956. The Pistons have also won nine division titles, which started in 1988 with the help of legendary players Isaiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. The Detroit Pistons belong to the Central Division of the Eastern Conference and play at the Palace of Auburn Hills Arena in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Home to the Detroit Pistons
The Palace of Auburn Hills, the 22,076-seat home of the Detroit Pistons, opened in 1988. The Pistons claimed the NBA title within the first two seasons of the arena's opening. However, the initial championship to be claimed at home didn't occur until June 15, 2004, when the Pistons knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87, to win that year's NBA Finals in five games. The 1989 and 1990 titles were won on the road. The WNBA's Detroit Shock played here from 1998-2009 and won its first of three titles at home on Sept. 16, 2003. Sting opened the arena on Aug. 13, 1988. A pair of Madonna performances at the arena in 2001 was later broadcasted on HBO.
Detroit Pistons and the Eastern Conference
As members of the Central Division in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons face tough competition from the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite this competition, the Detroit Pistons have captured nine division titles since 1988, which includes the recent 2008 title. Upon winning the division title, the Pistons advanced to the conference championship, winning seven times. Two of those seven wins came as members of the Western Conference in 1955 and 1956. The Detroit Pistons won the NBA Championship in 1989, 1990, and 2004, which gave the team three banners to hang at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Detroit Pistons 2012 Team Outlook
The Detroit Pistons' fan base is hoping that new head coach Lawrence Frank can bring some direction to a team that faltered badly in 2011, posting its worst statistical season in the better part of a decade. In fact, at one point last season, several veterans refused to play for the team altogether. Some young talent, including Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Austin Daye and Brandon Knight, will enable the Pistons to grow fresh legs and separate from the downturn of recent years. Playoffs aren't likely, but progress seems unavoidable, especially given the 2011 collapse.