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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?

Highlights via NBA.com

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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 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 Pistons.com

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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 NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

The Pistons struggled to beat the NBA’s worst team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Friday night at the Palace. Yes it was a W in the win column, but should it have come down to this after blowing another sizable (14 point) lead?

  • Then The Thunder almost pull off OT when Rasheed loses his man with .3 seconds left on the clock.
  • Yes they won the game 88-90, but can we celebrate?
  • No 4th quarter play for Rip Hamilton.
  • NBA.com Highlights of the Game.
  • Had Arron Afflalo not turned things around when he was on court things may have been different.
  • I was at the game and walked out relieved, but frustrated. It’s been a long season already and I think it’s only going to get much longer Pistons fans.
  • Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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 NBA.com.

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