Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #56 Preview: Pistons

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, Michigan)

Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @ZacharyLowNBA for live-tweets and discussion during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered another blowout loss on Wednesday, a 147-109 decision at home against the Golden State Warriors. The 8th consecutive loss extends the worst losing streak for the Thunder since the inaugural season back in 2008. Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to get much better than this as we roll into the final 31 days of the season.

Tonight, the Thunder takes on the Detroit Pistons on the road. The Pistons are 16-39, dead last in the Eastern Conference standings, but they handled the Thunder just fine in OKC 2 weeks ago. Tonight’s matchup will look a little differently, though, as the Pistons are missing a handful of players to injury, so maybe the Thunder can pull out a miracle and get a win.

Still, winning is not really the goal right now for the Thunder organization. I’m sure fans are tired of hearing it, but at this point, there are very few longterm benefits to winning games, whereas losing them can greatly benefit the future of the organization. Either way, we stay loyal and press on toward a better future.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Théo Maledon
  • SG: Luguentz Dort
  • SF: Darius Bazley
  • PF: Isaiah Roby
  • C: Moses Brown

Pistons

  • PG: Killian Hayes
  • SG: Josh Jackson
  • SF: Saddiq Bey
  • PF: Sekou Doumbouya
  • C: Isaiah Stewart

Injuries

Thunder

  • Gabriel Deck is OUT (not with team).
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is OUT (plantar fascitis in right foot).
  • Josh Hall is OUT (bilateral knee soreness).
  • Mike Muscala is OUT (right ankle sprain).
  • Aleksej Pokuševski is OUT (sore right arm).

Pistons

  • Hamidou Diallo is QUESTIONABLE (right knee inflammation).
  • Wayne Ellington is OUT (rest).
  • Jerami Grant is out (right knee injury management).
  • Cory Joseph is OUT (left ankle soreness).
  • Rodney McGruder is OUT (sprained right elbow).
  • Mason Plumlee is OUT (rest).
  • Dennis Smith Jr. is OUT (left knee soreness).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 18-6 against the Pistons (10-2 at home, 8-4 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Pistons 7 times, lost it 0 times, and tied it 5 times.
  • The Thunder won the season series 2-0 last year (1-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 3 in a row against the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena.

Game Notes

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