Game Preview: Pistons take on Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder
Tonight the Detroit Pistons (13-7) take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (14-7) at 7pm EST at Little Caesars Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder arrive in Detroit fresh off a blow-out win against the lowly Atlanta Hawks 124-109. The Thunder’s leading superstar, Russell Westbrook, just missed out on a triple-double as he led the team with 23 points along with ten assists, and nine rebounds. Paul George also had solid game, posting 20 points with five rebounds. Off the bench, Dennis Schroeder scored 23 points and dished eight assists.
The Detroit Pistons are coming off the best win of the season, defeating the Golden State Warriors 111-102. Blake Griffin showed why he is getting some MVP consideration as he led the Pistons with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists. Reggie Jackson has been firing on all cylinders lately and helped the Pistons down the stretch finishing with 17 points and five rebounds. Andre Drummond had another double-double with 16 points and 19 rebounds. Off the bench, Stanley Johnson pitched in 19 points with seven rebounds.
Last year these two teams split the season series 1-1. Tonight the Pistons are looking to extend their winning-streak to six games but they have a tough task ahead. However, Pistons Luke Kennard should be available to play tonight after missing nearly a month with a sprained shoulder. Kennard should help improve the Pistons three-point shooting percentage as they are currently ranked 26th in NBA, shooting only 32.0% from downtown.
PG: Reggie Jackson
SG: Reggie Bullock
SF: Glenn Robinson III
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Andre Drummond
Oklahoma City Thunder
PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Alex Abrines
SF: Paul George
PF: Jerami Grant
C: Steve Adams
For the Thunder, Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo both participated in the morning shootaround and are “game-time decisions” for tonight while the Pistons Luke Kennard is available to play.
Cover Photo: Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press