Tonight's game against the Washington Wizards gives the Pistons a chance to take a step forward after taking one back in Monday's loss to lowly New Orleans.

"Last night we got drilled like a root canal," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said of the 105-86 loss. "We just got thoroughly outplayed. There's no excuse for it. It's not like you're going to have any player on our team say that wasn't the case; it was.

"We watched it; we worked at it today (Tuesday) and we move forward tomorrow. That's what you have to do; learn and move forward. We allowed them all to play to their strengths, which was the reason we lost."

Charlie Villanueva said everything the Hornets did was right, and conversely the Pistons "shot themselves in the foot."

"It was hard to explain," Villanueva said. "We knew New Orleans was going to play hard; that's a hungry team with a bunch of young guys. It just seemed like we couldn't get into the flow of things. It was hard to get stops. Everything was hard. Nothing was easy for us. We didn't have a response for the way they were playing. I give them credit. They played well."

The defeat came after wins against San Antonio and at Milwaukee last week, though the defense bothered Frank.

"Even when we won, we were concerned about the 109 points and the 100," Frank said. "You address those things and it kept on creeping up on us. We have to reverse the trend."