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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 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.
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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.