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The Pistons vs. The Thunder
The 11-14 Pistons are in Oklahoma City to take on the 12-12 Thunder. The Pistons need a win to avoid a season sweep by the Thunder and a third straight loss.

Injury Report:

Looks like the Pistons will be without Rip, who’s been bothered by a sore hamstring.  And still no updates on Tayshaun or Ben Gordons’ return.

Links of Note:

The Scouting Report via

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune into 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action on


Straight off their opening night win in Memphis, The Detroit Pistons take the court tonight at The  Palace to take on the Oklahoma Thunder in their first home game of the season.

Forget the fact that Kevin Durant will be in town, Pistons fans have other things to worry about, the 2009-2010 Palace introductions.  We don’t know what they will have in store for us, but you can bet the crowd will go crazy as soon as the lights are dimmed and the fire begins to pulse.

I’m pretty sure they will be a lot different from the 2008-2009 season intros.

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And I’ll bet that Ben Wallace will have a hero’s welcome.

We also don’t know if Mason will be announcing Ben Goooorrrrrrdon (Ba Ba Ben is already reserved for Wallace) during the intos with Rip being questionable after his ankle sprain that occured late in the game on Wednesday night in Memphis.

“That’s the crazy part about it,” Hamilton said. “I think I’ve had three (ankle sprains) my whole life. So I know when I do it, twist my ankle, I know it’s pretty bad.”
After the game, Detroit’s medical officials opted to keep Hamilton’s right ankle taped up in hopes of compressing the swelling.
“I’ve been locked up all night since it happened,” Hamilton said. “We haven’t really taken the tape off to get a good look at it. We’ll see.”
If Hamilton can’t play, the most likely replacement in the starting lineup would be Ben Gordon, who scored 22 points in his Pistons debut Wednesday. Via MLive

Tip off is at 8:00 PM with the festivities starting on FS Detroit at 7:30 with the pre-game show.  If you can’t catch the game on television, tune in on the radio at 9.71 The Ticket or follow the game at

I’ll be in the building for my 10th consecutive home opener for the Pistons (yes I count, and I missed 1998 because of the flu).  You may even get a few game Tweets from me inside the building, so make sure you follow me on Twitter.

The rest I will leave to you in the comments.

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Pistons vs. Thunder

The Pistons host the Seattle Sonics 3-36 Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at the Palace. Kevin Durant’s team has the worst record in the NBA. which means Detroit better watch out.  Even though the Thunder have lost 13 of 14 on the road this season, and haven’t won a game since November 29th, the way things have been going for Detroit this season they can’t sleep on anyone.

They may have an awful record, but their team website is pretty nice.

Watch the boards: Oklahoma City has outrebounded seven of its last eight opponents, averaging 45.3 boards during this stretch. The Pistons are ranked 25the in the league on the glass.

Watch out for Durant: He’s scored 20 points or more in his last eight games.

Allen Iverson  is a game day decision after his groin pull in Tuesday nights win against the Bulls. Question is, did the AI trade hinder the future and the present for Detroit?

Can Rodney play like he did against the Bulls? In praise of Rodney Stuckey.

Tip off is at 8:00 P.M. on FSN Plus. Don’t know if you have FSN Plus or need to know your channel number, here is a complete list form FSN for each cable and satellite provider.

Attention WOW! Cable Customers: FOX Sports Detroit Plus is now available full-time on digital Ch. 195. After Dec. 27, Ch. 14 will no longer carry the Pistons and Red Wings games scheduled for FOX Sports Detroit Plus.

If you can’t catch or don’t get FSN Plus, tune into 1130 AM The Fan where you can catch our friend Matt Dery with the Pre-Game starting at 7:00. Can’t do either, follow the game on

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