The Thunder will hit the road tonight to take on an interesting Detroit Pistons team.
OKC has won their first two games since getting Russell Westbrook back, and they looked particularly good vs. Dallas Wednesday night at home. The defense was better than it was vs. Phoenix, and Dallas simply couldn’t handle OKC on offense.
Kevin Durant, after having just three assists through the first three games of the season, had 10 vs. the Mavericks. It just felt like that had to do mostly with how Dallas defended him, although it was also clear that KD was looking to distribute over score for large parts of the game.
Westbrook was solid too vs. the Mavs as looks as if he hasn’t missed a beat athletically. He had a couple of dunks too that kind of officially let everyone know he was back.
The Pistons made two key additions this offseason, bringing in Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. It’s an experiment that no one is really sure whether or not it will work, but it does give them added talent if nothing else.
Smith has played very well against the Thunder in recent history. He can be a good defender to put on KD and if he is playing the four, is tough for Ibaka to match up with.
Jennings is a gunner who can’t really defend well. Westbrook should be able to get whatever he wants in this matchup.
Detroit has the potential to really dominate the boards with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The Thunder will have their hands full inside and if they don’t bring the intensity from the tip, Detroit may be able to give OKC some real problems.
Jeremy Lamb is coming off his best game as a pro. Brooks has been trusting Lamb in the second unit to be one of the main scorers. I still feel it’s all about getting Lamb as many reps as possible. Tonight should be another good opportunity for him to shine.
The game will tip at 6:30 p.m. CST.