At this point, we are right with Milwaukee, and 4 games back of both Charlotte and Indiana in the win column. Charlotte apparently decided to tank the season, trading away a key player or two looking to improve for next year. Indiana has lost two straight. We play Milwaukee Tuesday, so we can get ahead of them if we win that one. Still in the race. Me, I say forget the draft picks - develop the young guys we have by getting them to the playoffs - and see how far they can go. And as for Rip - I hope at some point he realizes two things - yes this team can win in the playoffs - and that - we can go farther with him than without him. 2nd, Rip needs a lot of rest, considering how old he is and how many years he played deep into the playoffs in the last decade. Missing a bunch of games, both the team and Rip should realize its a blessing - and forget the past and just use all that pent up energy to win some games. Rip can play decent D, especially when full of energy, and can knock down shots. Full steam ahead. GO PISTONS!!!!!