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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.

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?

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 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!

The 23-42 Pistons are in Oklahoma to take on the 40-23 Thunder Friday night. The Thunder will be taking on a Pistons team that have lost nine straight on the road and have dominated them past few seasons.

  • The good: The Pistons played with heart against the Spurs and will hope that that spills over into their game against the Thunder.
  • he bad: The Thunder have taken 4 straight against the Pistons.
  • The unknown: How bad with Durant burn Detroit? He’s leading the league in scoring with 28.3 points per game.

T-mac and Kuester on OKC via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on FSN PLUS. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 950 AM WWJ.

Leave your thoughts in the comments or Chat Live with your fellow Pistons fans during the game.

The Pistons will take on the Oklahoma Thunder tonight to open up the Palace.  This is the same match up as last season’s home opener, but this year the Pistons are hoping for a different result.  The Thunder beat the Pistons 91-83 on Oct. 30, when Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter while grabbing 12 boards.

The Pistons will have to bring their A game against the likes of Durant and his Thunder.  With the sting of the Pistons loss in New Jersey still fresh, I think we

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit.  If you can’t watch the action live, follow the game over at NBA.com or listen on the radio at 9.71 The Ticket.

I just realized today that I haven’t missed a Pistons Home Opener in over 20 years.  That means a couple of things…I’m getting old, and I do love my Pistons.
Fire in the Palace

Since I will be at the game, Danny will be hosting LIVE CHAT come game time. You can talk Pistons during the game, but let’s just hope it’s good things.

Be sure to Follow Me on Twitter, you never know what kind of trouble I may get into at the Palace.  I do my best to update you on things you may not see on the broadcast, but best of all I know my fellow Pistons fans have my back when I need updates while I’m in the building.

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 are in Milwaukee tonight, hopefully to bounce back from the pretty ugly home opening loss against the Thunder last night.

Richard Hamilton will not be in uniform again for the Pistons.  Without Rip in the lineup last night the Pistons shot 37.1 percent from the field, but Ben Gordon filled in and scored 25 points while starting  Rip’s spot.

Tip is at 8:30 pm and will broadcast on FSN. If you can’t catch the game on television, tune into the call on AM 950 wwj or the game cast over at NBA.com.

Since it’s Halloween…I’ll wish you a Happy one,  and add this image I pulled from The Pistons.com splash screen.  Hmmmm…. Does any of that look familiar?  It’s Stuctacularly Bynumite if you ask me.


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.