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08:10 AM ET 08.28 | Credit Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko for his optimism. [Jerebko] is playing for Team Sweden in the qualifying round of the 2013 Eurobasket tournament, but he's also keeping focus on his NBA lift. Asked after a recent game in Germany how the Pistons are shaping up this season, he sounded an optimistic tone. "We got a deep team," Jerebko said. "Our goal was the playoffs last year. We played playoff basketball, but we started off the season horrible. We're going to get better. We got a young team, and we're going to make the playoffs." Jerebko scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Sweden's 111-74 win over Luxembourg in a Eurobasket 2013 qualifier [Monday] in Sweden.

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August 28, 2012  08:20 AM ET

What! Detroit in the playoffs? Good luck with that.

August 28, 2012  08:21 AM ET

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Yes I rank the Pistons after my Raptors

August 28, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Hey Jonas thats what you shoot for....but I would say we are a year away from the playoffs even though we played .500 ball the last 42 games of the season. I just think a few teams that didnt make the playoffs got better and we are still a very young and raw team.

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August 28, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Wow who is this cat JJ of the euro league? What is he? another forward or guard in the forward/guard academy they got there in Pistonland? What another one of Joe Du's stalwarts spittin lyrics at us about the Piston aspirations? Zip it buddy for now will ya!

August 28, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Don't know who this Jonas Jerebko is but it sure made Dumars smile real big!

August 28, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Rolling In The Deep, Bro?

August 28, 2012  09:31 AM ET

The Pistons are young and have some talent and depth. I think that the bottom couple of playoff spots could be up for grabs and Detroit could make a push towards getting in. Stranger things have happened.

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August 28, 2012  12:26 PM ET

Who is Jonas Jerebko?

August 28, 2012  12:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Who is Jonas Jerebko?

No one Knows

August 28, 2012  12:57 PM ET

Smart of him not to mention what year they'll make the playoffs...

August 28, 2012  02:09 PM ET
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and this would be very strange if it were to happen.Nothing wrong with setting lofty goals, but as detroit said above-they have a little ways to go before they think playoffs

He also said that they played .500 basketball the last third of the season. They could make some noise at the bottom of the East. I disagree with the belief that the teams that missed the playoffs improved. I don't buy Toronto, and I don't buy the Bucks doing anything. The Nets should make the post-season if they stay healthy, nut neyond that, I don't see any improvement in the East. The Bulls are in transition without Rose, and the Magic are trying to hit rock bottom. The Hawks could blow it all up and completely start over, too. The Bobcats suck and I don't expect much out of the Wizards or Cavaliers. If Kyrie Irving finds a way to get Cleveland into the playoffs, he should be named MVP. Detroit, in my opinion, has as good a chance as anyone to snag one of those bottom 2 spots.

August 28, 2012  03:53 PM ET

Are guarantees even relevant anymore...every year/every sport somebody comes out with a foolish guarantee to garner attention for himself and his team. At the end of the year, the person who made the guarantee is forgotten and the team had a forgetfull season. Next

August 28, 2012  04:12 PM ET

Wow, this Jerebko guy is really taking a risk here. If they don't make the playoffs, it will be devastating to his reputation (if he has one).

August 28, 2012  05:24 PM ET
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He also said that they played .500 basketball the last third of the season. They could make some noise at the bottom of the East. I disagree with the belief that the teams that missed the playoffs improved. I don't buy Toronto, and I don't buy the Bucks doing anything. The Nets should make the post-season if they stay healthy, nut neyond that, I don't see any improvement in the East. The Bulls are in transition without Rose, and the Magic are trying to hit rock bottom. The Hawks could blow it all up and completely start over, too. The Bobcats suck and I don't expect much out of the Wizards or Cavaliers. If Kyrie Irving finds a way to get Cleveland into the playoffs, he should be named MVP. Detroit, in my opinion, has as good a chance as anyone to snag one of those bottom 2 spots.

You mention Nets. So they CLEARLY are an improved non-playoff team from last year. The Wizards are perhaps in the same boat as Detroit. Some young pieces, and if they remain healthy, can make a push.
The Hawks have nothing to blow up, they already hipped JJ and marvin, but will still remain a playoff team albeit 7-8th seed at best. Don't coun't out the Magic either, despite Howard and Anderson leaving, their starting 5 is not the worst.

I will agree with you on the raptors and Bucks, they didn't do anything positive.

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The last spot go to any of the following :Hawks, Magic, Wizards, Pistons

August 28, 2012  07:29 PM ET

I don't know what this guy is smoking, but pass around.

Maybe Rasheed Wallace stash has been found in the locker room.

August 28, 2012  10:16 PM ET

He meant to say next season. The pistons will develop drummond and be a 7 or 8 seed next year. Cant wait to see it.

 
August 29, 2012  03:50 PM ET

Playoffs: Not as long as Dumars is running the show...

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