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The Oklahoma City Thunder made it nine in a row against the Pistons thanks to 37 points from Kevin Durant. Big games from Greg Monroe and Josh Smith helped keep up the fight for Detroit, but the Thunder were just too much. Key Points:

  • Drummond, who got into foul trouble was really a non-factor. Dre with just four points and three boards in 23 minutes.
  • Jennings and Monroe with double-doubles.
  • Brandon Jennings was 7-for-17 and 4-of-10 from downtown. He still seems to be learning how to play with his teammates, but he sure did seem to know where and when to get his teammates the ball. He had 11 assists on the night, a stat that hopefully the Pistons can count on.
  • Chauncey struggled again going 1-of-6 for just four points.

Chauncey BillupsChauncey Billups: “I love our fight, us not giving up, our goal is to get on those guys’ level, play that kind of basketball. Those teams have been together quite some time and experience is the best teacher. So you’re going to take some lumps every now and then and lose some games you’re supposed to win against some good teams, because they’re just more experienced.”

  • Rodney Stuckey with another great game with 17 points, three assists and two boards in 23 minutes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the starting nod soon.
  • Detroit got a little from Gigi Datome besides a pretty sweet behind the back dribble and assist , he was 2-of-5 for six points in 12 minutes. When Cheeks put in Caldwell-Pope in the fourth to get the outside shot going for Detroit he didn’t do much either.
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  • Great night for Josh Smith who seems to be fitting in well with his new team. Smith led the Pistons with 25 points, eight boards, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 33 minutes.
  • Greg Monroe is making sure the league knows he’s worth a max-contract. Another double-double for Moose with 20 points, 15 boards, two steals, three assists and three blocked shots. Greg is really putting on a show.

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  • It’s promising that this team can hold their own with NBA contenders, but it’s clear that this team needs to learn how to get over that hump and win. That’s what great teams do, and when they get a taste of how to do it while gelling together they will be a force.
  • Detroit is off on a Western trip that should prove a big test.
  • Portland on Monday, Golden State on Tuesday, The Kings on Friday and they will finish off at the Staples Center to take on the Lakers on Sunday.

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The 2-2 Pistons will host the 3-1 Oklahoma Thunder Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons – Thunder has always been a great game, despite the fact that the Pistons have lost the last eight against the Thunder.

  • The good: The last two games the Thunder have played at The Palace of Auburn Hills have been decided by a combined three points. This Pistons team has an even better chance this season to finally take one from the Thunder.
  • The bad: Brandon Jennings has shot 34.7 percent in his career against Oklahoma City, his worst against any team. Westbrook and Durant are a force. Westbrook put up 33 points and Durant 26 the last time they were in Detroit.
  • The unknown: Can Detroit make their shots Friday night? If they don’t they’ll have no chance to beat the Thunder team. Will Gigi and Caldwell-Pope get a chance to show Cheeks that they can knock down shots from outside?

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

It sure was looking like the #Pistons were going to get their first win Monday night.  After having control most of the way, Detroit let the Thunder go on a 17-2 run to open the fourth quarter, wiping out an 11-point lead in what was clearly the best defensively played game all season.  The Palace crowd could feel it, but a late turnovers and poor shot selection doomed the Pistons to a 92-90 loss.

Key Points:

  • Give it up to Jason Maxiell who may not make the stat sheet explode, but if not for him Detroit wouldn’t have had a chance in this one. We may think he should be the first off the bench, but he’s showing us otherwise. Jason finished with 13 points, 7 boards and 3 blocked shots.

Tayshaun PrinceTayshaun Prince: “Max was unbelievable for us, he was covering for a lot of our mistakes on the perimeter. It’s tough to swallow this one because guys put out a great effort for a long period of time in this game.”

  • Knight needs to make things right. His shot is off and he made some terrible decisions late in the game, even though he hit a critical 3-pointer in the final minutes to give the Pistons a 1-point lead. He shot just 2-of-13 for 8 points, with 6 assists and 4 boards. He did do a number on Westbrook making him take 25 shots to get to his game high 33.
  • Through three quarters, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were shooting a combined 13 for 37.
  • The crowd was willing the team to get the win. There may not have been a ton of people there on Monday night, but the ones that were there were loud and surprisingly proud.
  • The next time I look over to the bench when there is less than a minute left in the game and the team is trying to figure out their play to win a much needed ball game and I see Charlie V and Austin Day laughing and making jokes on the sideline. I’m going Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson on them. This time I’m running down to the court not up in the stands. Nobody is laughing Austin and Charlie…the only thing that’s funny is that the two of you have a job.
  • Drummond had a nice game with four points, six rebounds and two steals in 13 minutes.

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  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He’s got to do much more than sporadically put up points to get back in most of our good graces. I feel like we have been waiting and waiting for him to break out…how long do we have to wait? You realize it’s been six years now?
  • Greg Monroe with 17 points, 6 boards, 2 assists and 4 steals. No twin towers sighing just yet, maybe we have to wait until they lose 15 game in a row before Frank will try it.

Greg Monroe Pistons vs OKC

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  • This team is better than this, and they proved that they can play. They just have no idea how to win.
  • Wednesday night in Philadelphia should be fun.

The 0-7 #Pistons are finally home from their grueling 6 game road trip to take host the 5-2 Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City, who comes into the Palace on a  four-game winning streak,  already has a win over the Pistons last Friday night.

The good: The possibility of Andre and Greg playing together.
The bad:Detroit is staring at a team record for the worst start to a season. Detroit has opened with seven straight losses for the third time, doing so previously in 1962-63 and again in 1980-81.  The Thunder have won the last 7 games against Detroit.
The unknown: Can Andre Drummond have another game like he did Friday night against the Thunder?

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

The 0-5 #Pistons will be playing their 5th game on the road Friday night against the 3-2 Oklahoma City Thunder. The luck doesn’t look like it’s going to be on the Pistons side considering that they have yet to win, and that Detroit has dropped four visits to Oklahoma City.

  • The good: Greg Monroe.
  • The bad: Watch out for Ibaka, Westbrook and of course Durant.
  • The unknown: Will it be a migraine kind of night?

Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

The Thunder rolled over the Pistons in convincing fashion Monday night in 79-99.

Key Points:

  • Detroit was down by 17 in the first quarter.
  • You knew it was going to be bad when Westbrook gave the Pistons an IN YOUR FACE dunk within the first few minutes of the ball game.
  • Despite the 20 point differential, the Pistons this game was sadly further out of reach than just 20 points. Detroit was light years away.
  • Rodney Stuckey tried to take this one on himself from the tip. Stuckey finished with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting.
  • Brandon Knight started once again alongside Rodney but had some trouble handling the ball against a very fast Thunder team. Brandon led the Pistons with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting with 2 turnovers in 32 minutes on the floor. Brandon’s +/- was -23.
  • Russell Westbook and James Harden could have taken down the Pistons themselves.
  • The Pistons shot 17% in the first quarter. Worst in a quarter all season…I’m hoping in history.
  • Too bad Barry Sanders was in the house and had to see this game.
  • The Thunder are a fun team to watch, the Pistons…not so much.
Greg Monroe vs The Thunder

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  • Greg Monroe know about hard work. Despite being down more than 20 in the third quarter Greg was diving for balls like it was a one point game. These are the things you like to see coming from the future of your ball team. Monroe finished with 12 points on just 3-for-14 shooting with 7 boards and 2 assists.
  • Yes, I watched the whole thing even if it was garbage time for almost all of the fourth quarter. Why you ask? To see the Vernon Macklin and Walker Russell show.
  • Austin Daye 19 minutes with 9 points on 3-for-10 shooting. Austin recorded his first three point of the season.
  • Anyone notice that Knight’s three point shot is getting better each game?

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  • Outrebounded 51-38.
  • The Pistons need to capitalize, the Thunder turned the ball over 19 times. Detroit with 9 of them on the night.
  • You know things aren’t going well when you have Ben Wallace backing down trying to get his shot in the paint and then throwing up a baby hook.

Jonas Jerebko: “When we go on the road, especially against a good team like OKC, we’ve got to come out with more energy than them. They hit us first and we just went down. We’ve got to get back up. We’ve got no excuse for not coming in with energy. We didn’t play yesterday and so we’ve just got to be better than this. We’ve got to learn to play together. OKC is a good team, so you can never let them come out like they did in the beginning.”

  • Talk about not starting things right, the Pistons made just two of their first 14 shots.

Lawrence Frank: “Look we had shots at the rim, in the first quarter we had I think nine shots within three feet and we missed them all, they were either blocked or led to their fast breaks. It’s very disappointing to put forth that type of performance.”

  • Wednesday night at the Palace against the Heat…that should be fun.

The 4-13 Pistons are on the road to take on the 13-3 Thunder in Oklahoma City. The Thunder, who are currently atop the West will go for their sixth consecutive victory against Detroit, while the Pistons try to end a 14-game road losing streak to West opponents.

  • The good: Again, more learning on the job for Brandon Knight. No Gordon or Bynum means you may see a lot more of “The Walkman.”
  • The bad: Gordon, Bynum and CV31 did not make the trip to OKC. Since relocating from Seattle in 2008, Oklahoma City has won all three times the Pistons have come to town.
  • Who to watch: Kevin Durant, Westbrook on the O and Perkins and Serge Ibaka on the defensive end.  Look for Rodney Stuckey to try to do what he did against Portland.
  • The unknown: The Thunder are scoring 103.1 points per game, while Detroit has yet to break the 100 mark this season.  Will they do it tonight?

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Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

The Pistons have now lost 10 of their last 13 points after falling to Oklahoma City Friday night. Though the Pistons played well at times, they were overpowered the Thunder’s ability to knock down clutch shots especially in the third quarter.

The Thunder finished at exactly 50 percent from both behind and in front of it in their 94-104 victory over Detroit.

Key Points:

  • Defensive troubles! You could see it in San Antonio and Friday night in OKC. You have to at least stop a team from shooting lights out from downtown to take an 18 point lead when you’re within striking distance.
  • You can play well on the offensive all night, but if you can’t stop the other team you’re not going to win.
  • Give it up to Austin Daye for getting the defensive assignment of Durant and then blocking his shot.
  • Detroit held both Westbrook and Durant under their season averages, though Durant scored 24 and Westbrook added 13. But James Harden came off the bench with 22 points torching Detroit right when they were getting close.
  • Rodney Stuckey who has been playing well the last few games had a great one against the Thunder. Stuckey scored 16 points on just 8 shots in 32 minutes with 6 assists.

Stuckey: “They were hitting shots, James Harden came in and played a very good game. Durant does his usual, Westbrook does his usual – they played a very good game and got stops at the end.”

  • The Thunder erased a seven point Pistons lead by closing the second quarter on a 25-13 run. Runs like that seem the norm against the Pistons all season long.
  • Add another double-double to Greg Monroe’s season totals. Greg scored 12 with 10 boards and 6 assists! Yes six.
  • Rip Hamilton led Detroit with 20 points playing well as soon as he hit the court. With play like this, he just might sooth some of the hurt he’s caused Pistons fans lately.

Richard Hamilton

  • No Will, no Ben.
  • Alarming year for Ben Gordon. Ben shot just once in his 13 minutes on the floor. I’m sure this is not what Gordon had in mind when coming to Detroit.
  • 21 points for the Thunder off Pistons turnovers.
  • Highlight of the game…a Rip to Tay old school alley-oop.

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  • They do it again Saturday night in Denver!

0 and 5.  Zero and Five.  Winless.  Awful.  Outcoached.  Outplayed.

Rodney Stuckey

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Whatever the adjective, this team went from bad to worse in a stretch of 4 games.  Finger pointing from the players and coaches on “who is doing what wrong and why” or “who isn’t doing what they’re supposed to do”, and whatever else that goes on when we try to deflect blame on to another when we fall short as individuals.

Plain and simple:  No one is doing their jobs right now.  Players play, Coaches coach.  The team is getting it’s butt kicked in both aspects of the game and something needs to change.  The talent is there, the coaches have experience, what’s the problem?

The team is hamstrung, and until a change happens, this is what we’re going to be stuck with.  When I say a “change”, I don’t mean necessarily a trade or a new coach, etc.  When I say “change”, I mean the players need to start playing up to their talent level and the coaches need to put the right systems and lineups in place to put the players in the best chance to succeed.

As I’ve said before, this team has talent.  It may be the “sum of it’s parts” talent and not “superstar” talent, but as we’ve seen in the past the “sum of it’s parts” has success when all players buy in.

To review this season so far:

Game 1: Detroit loses to the New Jersey Nets after leading late into the second half, in New Jersey.  You can accept a loss like this occasionally because it is a road game.  What’s unacceptable is that the lane was open all night for penetration.

Game 2: Detroit loses to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their home opener on a last second layup by Jeff Green.  This game was back and forth all night with one of the Western Conference’s upstart teams.  This game was a very winnable game and in my opinion was the best defensive showing on Kevin Durant all season.

Game 3: Detroit loses to the Chicago Bulls in the Bulls home opener after losing a 19 point lead in the 3rd and 4th quarters.  This was the start of the downward trend that has shown for the last 3 games.  Coaches have put players in a situation where they can’t succeed, players aren’t hitting shots, players are hesitant, etc.  This was the worst second half defensive game of the season.

Game 4: Detroit loses to the Boston Celtics in Detroit.  The Celtics dominated the Pistons in all aspect of the game.  At the end of the game Coach Kuester remarks the team needs leaders, Tayshaun Prince says it starts with the Coach and the fingers start to point.

Game 5: Detroit loses to the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.  Close game throughout, but this game was not without it’s own drama.  Ben Gordon had a big night but Rodney Stuckey was benched after reportedly not responding to Coach Kuester’s calls to him during a stoppage in play.

In Game 6  and 7 the Pistons play the Charlotte Bobcats and Golden State Warriors before hitting the road for their first West Coast swing of the season where it looks like those 4 games (Warriors, Clippers, Kings, and Trail Blazers) are going to be tough for this team to win.  I believe the first win comes against the Bobcats because the Bobcats are a team that is kind of stuck in neutral like the Pistons are.  They’re in between rosters right now, and looking to make a move to improve their team.

Of course, I thought they should’ve won the Thunder, Nets, Bulls and Hawks games this season too.  So Pistons fans… what’s wrong with this team?  Who does the blame fall on?  Coaches?  Joe Dumars?  Players?  All of the above?

44-20.

No, that wasn’t the final score.  That was the free throw difference on the night.  The Oklahoma City Thunder went to the free throw line 44 times compared to the Pistons 20.  The Thunder converted 21 more times from the line than the Pistons did.  Credit the Thunder for being aggressive on the offensive end when their jumpshots weren’t falling but let’s be honest… Isn’t Durant getting the LeBron treatment with the refs?

Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon had one of the best games in recent memory, and it wasn’t enough as the Thunder beat the Pistons 105-104 on a layup by Jeff Green with just over 2 seconds left in the game.  Unlike last night, where the Pistons were given the opportunity for the last shot, but couldn’t convert, tonight they were given a chance to run a play with under 10 seconds and actually achieve a positive outcome.

Ben Gordon agains the Thunder

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With the score 103-101 Thunder leading and 14 seconds left in the game, the Pistons inbounded the ball and passed off to Ben Gordon who drove his man to the basket.  As Gordon blew by his man, Thabo Sefolosha left his man (Charlie Villanueva) alone in the corner for the drive and kick corner 3 to put the Pistons up 104-103.  Then on the next inbound play, Jeff Green, who had shot poorly for the better part of the game, was able to take Jason Maxiell off the dribble for a layup to win the game for the Thunder.

  • Kevin Durant was held in check most of the night but was still able to pour in 30 points on 24 shots, while pulling down 8 rebounds.  The numbers tonight were right near his career averages of 24.8 ppg and 7.5 rebounds per game against the Pistons.
  • Charlie Villanueva has put up back to back solid games off the bench.  Tonight, he added 12 points and 7 rebounds and was a team high +8 in the plus/minus category.
  • Bless Jason Maxiell’s heart.  He’s willing to guard some of the toughest big men in the league.  He’ll guard whoever he’s asked to guard.  So the blame falls to Coach K for the matchup of Maxiell on Jeff Green which allowed for the game winning layup to happen.  Jeff Green, although listed as the starting PF for the Thunder, is more of a SF and it showed as he was able to use his quickness off the dribble to blow by Maxiell on the way to the basket for a nearly uncontested layup.
  • Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points on 10-18 shooting with 9 assists and 5 rebounds and added some pretty solid defense against Russell Westbrook, one of the better PG in the  Western Conference.
  • Ben Gordon had an efficient scoring night off the bench – 32 points on 16 field goal attempts.
  • Hurry back Will!  Will Bynum missed the game with a sore hamstring.

Tough loss for the home opener of the 2010-2011 season for the Pistons but, there’s reason to find some hope in this loss.  Although it’s clearly evident that the Pistons need front court help (Villanueva was the only “big” who had double figure points), the guards (Stuckey, Gordon and Hamilton) are making the most of their chances on the floor and converting at a high percentage.

Join me later on tonight for the Live Game Chat as the Pistons travel to Chicago to face the Bulls, in their home opener.