There are many reasons the Pistons are headed to their fourth consecutive season watching the playoffs from home.

But a main one is their putrid performances against Western Conference opponents this season.

In their final such game of the season, the Pistons fell to 4-26 on the season when they dropped a 107-101 decision to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

“Thank God we’re not in the Western Conference,” Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said.

Several key plays went the Timberwolves way down the stretch with the main one coming when Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic tapped an offensive rebound off a missed free throw to Luke Ridnour with 18 seconds left with the Pistons (25-52) trailing, 103-101.

– Reported by Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press