To this point the Pistons have played 14 games, seven at home and seven away. Home record – five wins / two losses – 0.714 Away record – four wins / three losses – 0.571 If you project these winning percentages out across 82 games (using the home and away percentages versus a full 42/42 game schedule) the team will finish at 54 and 28 - ten games below last year’s record setting pace. If you allow that they could have easily won one of either the 99-100 game versus New Orleans or the 101-103 game at Utah, the projected number of wins goes up to 60 for a 60-22 season. If the team wins 54 after having lost the four time DPOY heart and soul of the team then Flip is a serious contender for coach of the year. If they step up a bit and win 60 you may as well declare victory now and don’t bother with the voting. The only potential competitor on the horizon is Riley. If Shaq sits half the season and the Heat still finish in the top two or three in the East, then Flip has some competition. Barring a complete collapse or player revolt (and I don’t see anyone on this team leading a player revolt), Flip is here to stay.