The Oklahoma City Thunder easily rolled past the Detroit Pistons only mounting upon an already early-season resume for the 2011-12 season. The Pistons, ehh? They are still the Pistons.
Watching them has become a fruitless and purely predictable task. Unfortunately for fans waiting to see some signs of life on the squad, the Detroit Pistons are one of the only teams in the league that other franchises truly do not need to amply prepare for.
The OKC Thunder built a 30-point lead midway through the game and never looked back. The scoreboard read 79-99, in OKC’s favor, as the Pistons were left wondering how things got this bad this fast.
There were a slew of reasons why the Pistons lost this game in such an embarrassing fashion, here is a couple:
- OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER IN TRANSITION
People have to constantly catch themselves while ranting and raving as if the Miami Heat are the only decent team in transition, yet the OKC Thunder function primarily off of those fast break scores. They have the athleticism to win any foot race against a defender and more times than not are found on the right end of a blocked shot.
With Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins defending the rim, those bricks or swiped balls can easily become easy scores on the other end of the court.
OKC Thunder transition points – 19 pts. (13 points off of turnovers)
- VARIETY OF SCORERS
The Detroit Pistons have had problems finding points all season and while Greg Monroe has shown that he has the potential to do so, his offensive productions has dwindled to say the least. The Pistons’ leading scorer was rookie Brandon Knight out of Kentucky with 13 points and tied for a close second were Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe with 12 points each.
Knight was the only Pistons’ player to shoot for over 50% from the field on 5-of-11 shooting. Monroe shot for an atrocious 3-of-14, but was perfect from the line. This may have meant a little bit more if free throws counted for more than a single point.
The Thunder, on the other hand, had three players score at least 20 points:
KEVIN DURANT: 20 PTS
RUSSELL WESTBROOK: 24 PTS
JAMES HARDEN: 24 PTS
There was not another OKC Thunder player in double-digit scoring, but they did not need to be. The trio’s scoring equaled 68 points and with a layup here and a flashy dunk there, they would already be well ahead of the Piston’s learning curve.