OKC Thunder (5-2) vs. Detroit Pistons (0-7) Preview

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have won their four last games including one of those wins coming against the Detroit Pistons.

The Thunder played the Pistons just three nights ago and beat them at home 105-94. The Thunder looked very good on that night shooting 53.5 percent from the field while holding the Pistons to 41.4 percent.

The Thunder got major efforts from Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka who each dropped 25 points. OKC led for almost the entire game as everyone not named Andre Drummond struggled to throw it in the ocean for Detroit.

The Thunder have gotten their act together after a slight stumble out of the gates this season. James Harden is gone but Kevin Martin and Eric Maynor are doing their part replacing his production and then some.

Durant is off to a career year in term of rebounding and assists while Russell Westbrook is on a new path as well. Westbrook’s shooting percentages have been a disappointment but his growth as a playmaker and leader are making up for it.

The Pistons at 0-7 are easy yet dangerous. A win can come at any time in the NBA and a team winless after seven tries is as dues as any. Bu the Thunder just saw them. They’re fresh to their style and sneaking up isn’t really an option for a young Detroit squad.

The ball is in the Thunder’s court tonight as is per usual. Turnovers are a priority as well as getting to work on the defensive glass. The Pistons aren’t going to put up more points unless you let them.

The Thunder already received their wakeup call this season. Detroit doesn’t have that luxury tonight and barring a career-night from someone, OKC gets the nod.

Keep an eye on Ibaka scoring at a higher clip than ever before and Westbrook’s return to playmaking form. Unless Detroit can unexpectedly dictate the flavor tonight, the Thunder will walk away winners in their last five, something few teams can boast about this early in the season.

Topics: Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder

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